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Hi I'm Jess

I'm a Texas grown southerner. I'm half Samoan, and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am the third of 6 children. My family are the people I hold dearest to my heart. We are very different from one another, but we couldn't live without each other. My dad is from Samoa, and was raised in the Church. My mom is a southern belle from Texas, and she is a convert. I was raised in Texas like my mother and raised in the Church like my father. Sometimes life can be demanding, so when I need a break I go hiking, camping, play sports, or anything outdoors. Oh, and being from Texas, I also enjoy going shooting.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many times in life when you feel alone. For me the darkest times were the loss of loved ones, or the feeling of being overlooked or inadequate, thinking I was alone. In those darkest hours, I turned to the Book of Mormon and words of modern day prophets. Like a light switching on in a dark room, as soon as I listened to the words in these scriptures, I felt a sense of peace overcome me. That's how I gained my testimony. Over the years, I have found that the LDS Church is the one place I can find sure, constant direction. The doctrines have guided my path and provided me shelter from the storms of life. I am a Mormon, because when all else fails, this Church and the Doctrines it teaches give me a unique enduring peace, and hope.

How I live my faith

The LDS Church preaches a Gospel of love. I live my faith by striving to be a more worthy, compassionate person everyday. When I think of the Savior, I think of all the people he helped because he loved them. I am an imperfect person, but every day I can more perfectly love those I meet.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Homosexuality is a sexual attraction to the same gender. Homosexuality is not a sin. Acting on that attraction, however, is immoral. Marriage is ordained of God between a man and a woman. Though a strong relationship can be made between homosexual partners, it is not ordained of God. An eternal bond of marriage, that is ordained of God, is only between a man and a woman. Since my faith, and my family are everything to me, this was one of the hardest things for me to learn. I have some family who have this attraction. I used to be confused on how I could love my family, while believing the Church doctrine on homosexuality. Over time, I have learned that my love for them is not measured by how similar our beliefs are, but rather on how much I understand, and unconditionally care for them. We are all children of God, and all have divine worth. Show more Show less