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Hi I'm Jessi Rachelle

I grew up in a small town; in South East Idaho. I'm 6'2" and easily stand out in a crowd. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with a large family. Throughout my teenage and young adult life I tended to rebel against all rules and regulations that my parents had for me. When I moved out on my own; this was when i was 20, I started to find myself. I found that I am passionate about skiing and being outdoors. I am a Junior in college. After completing 3 years of college I have changed my major twice, ending up in a Recreation Management Major. My dream job would be to work in management in one of the bigger ski resorts so I could ski as much as I want. I have made many mistakes in my life and at times regretted them. Through the atonement I have come to accept those mistakes and repent of them as well. I currently live with my mom and younger brother. My parents are divorced, and my father is no longer living in the same state as us. I have accepted this and still keep my values and morals true to my church involvement. As I come upon trials, I try my best to do what is right even when it may seem difficult. Through my experiences in life at the age of 23 I decided to serve a mission. I put in my papers six months later and received my call to teach the gospel in the Texas Dallas Mission in the English language and will be gone for the period of 18 months. At this time I am so happy and proud to be a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS church, and just accepted it then. However just because you are born into the church doesn't mean that you believe the gospel. Often times people will fall away because they don't want beliefs forced upon them. Later in my young adult life I questioned my beliefs. I was going through some things that would make people think that there is no coming back from that. I had fallen away for a time. There was a point in my life when I decided that I didn't want to be sad anymore. i didn't want to feel like I was alone anymore. I started to pray and go back to church. It wasn't the easiest thing for me. I have had a stubborn streak and it is hard for me to humble myself. As soon as I had a new base for my faith, I started searching the scriptures and praying for the faith to know that the church was true. It took many months for me to find that warmth that I wanted to feel. It came to the point where I had two choices. One: continue going back to church and in the end being happy, although I may go through trials. Two: I could stop and do things on my own without the help of my Heavenly Father. Some days I thought I could do it on my own, but when I did things on my own, I always came back to that base. That is when I realized; the gospel is true, the church is true. I know this with every fiber of my being. Stubbornness can be something that keeps people from coming back to the church. For me it was; but now I use my stubbornness as a anchor when people try to make me see differently.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of the church since I was 8 years old. I was raised in the church. In my early years up until I was about 17 I was extremely active in the church and held many callings. I was a Beehive, Miamaid, and Laurel President. I have been multiple Family Home Evening mothers or co-ordinator's. I have been a Ward Prayer co-ordinator. I try to bear my testimony every fast sunday and try to be actively engaged in the lessons discussions during church. In my community I do my part as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints. In a town where close to 90% of the residents are LDS it sometimes makes people think that "oh I don't have to live the gospel because someone else will." I am not like that. I have found who I am and and found that I need to do what it right for my own sake, and not really worry about what other think of me, whether they think good things or bad. I am proud of my religion and my part in my religion.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Jessi Rachelle
People often ask me this. my answer is very similar to the official church answer. Which is that our bodies were given to us as a gift. To help keep our bodies and minds healthy and strong we are asked to follow some specific guidelines. Emphasizing in proper eating, physical and spiritual health. We do not believe in the use of; Tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs. I often get asked if these are my beliefs or the churches standard. I simply answer, that they are one and the same. The word of wisdom is an integral part of my standards. A part of who I am and the way I live my life. Show more Show less