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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm the oldest sister in my family. I love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up the oldest of eight children in a military family taught me to love traveling and meeting new people. Now, as a college student, I love studying the conservation of wildlands and animals. I love being out in nature, being able to hike, camp, snowshoe, white water raft, and climb, all in order to experience all this world has to offer. The interactions of the earth, plants, and animals fascinate me.

Why I am a Mormon

For me, being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ is everything! My life has had it's share of hardships, heartache, and bad hair days. Without Christ's redeeming love and strength, the guidance of the Holy Ghost, and the simple knowledge that I am a Child of God, my life is nothing. With it, my life is purposeful and I am of infinite value and endless potential and ability. Growing up in the church, it wasn't until I was forced to face a simple fact-either this church it true or it isn't-that I realized how important the church was to me in my life. My simple prayer, an earnest plea from my heart for assurance that everything I believed in was true, was answered. The answer came quietly but undeniably, a calm, peaceful assurance that my Heavenly Father is there. Why am I a Mormon? Because being a Mormon means I can learn knew languages, meet new people, travel to new countries, and learn new things. It means I can chase my dreams, achieve my goals, and look forward to having an eternal family someday. Without this gospel, I am nothing. A student, another girl who deals with the same problems as every other one of the billions of other girls on the world, and nothing special. With this gospel, I am a daughter of God, of infinite value and potential. I know it.

How I live my faith

I love serving as much as I love the outdoors (which is a lot). Getting out of my shell can be hard, but I never realized much love I am capable of giving until I served another. Babysitting autistic children for the first time? I was scared. But the light and love they shared with me made me realize how precious and special each life is. Mentoring new students for the first time. Again, I was scared. How could I possibly share with them all they needed to know to study, grocery shop, date, and deal with homesickness successfully? I soon found out that it was they who taught me. Their excitement and enthusiasm gave me a fresh perspective and excitement for college life. I love service, be it wrapping newspapers around tree trunks in an apple orchard, donating my hair, or simply setting aside the time to talk to someone who's lonely. I would not trade a second of time spent serving for all the hours of studying in the world.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

The more I study this earth and all the organisms on it, the more I see that only a loving God could have created it. You can look through the most powerful microscopes, even use an electron-positron collider, and not find the smallest particle. You can look through the largest telescopes and never find the end of the universe. This wonderful world we live in is complex yet completely ordered. Everywhere, I see patterns and cycles that show me divine order and control. Show more Show less