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Hi I'm Jessi

The water is my home. I love the medical field. I'm a mormon.

About Me

The water is my life. Ever since the day I could legally begin working, I've been a lifeguard, a swim lessons teacher and a coach. I've been swimming for as long as I can remember. I began competitively swimming when I was six. I love my family and I hope to have one of my own someday. I am so excited to be serving a mission very soon.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born and raised in the LDS church, I had to find for myself what it was that I was looking for from the church. It wasn't easy. I knew it was true and I knew I wanted to be there, but I didn't have a testimony of my own. So I searched. When I was in high school, I began to test it out. My parents had taught me everything they could. It was my turn. I found that as I searched and tried to understand, things began to get hard. I found that when I felt alone, useless, just like everyone else, and unimportant, that's when it was hardest for me to pray. I began to doubt myself, my faith and my relationship with my Father in heaven. I can remember the day clearly. I was at school, feeling an all time low. I didn't feel like going to seminary, but I went anyways. I slumped down in my chair and prepared to tune out and fall asleep when my teacher announced we would be singing our scripture mastery standing up that day. So I stood, unable to hide sitting down. He began the track and immediately the tears began to well up. "Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God:" As the rest of the class continued to sing, I excused myself to go to the restroom where I found myself alone. The scripture repeated until I could bare it no longer. There standing in front of the mirror I silently prayed and gave thanks for the answer to my prayers. I love this church because in this church I know I am loved. I am different and precious as are all the souls on this earth. I know I am needed by my ward, and the people in it. It is where I feel the love of my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ best. Once I realized my importance I was ready to thank God for my blessings, for his sacrifices and I was ready to covenant with him for eternity. I know God answers us each individually, and loves us in that same manner. I can feel that as I serve him. When I returned back to the classroom, my teacher gave me a big hug and seemed to know exactly what had happened.

How I live my faith

Since my decision to serve a mission, my life has changed for the better. My responsibilities in the church have increased and therefore, I find myself studying, being kinder, being more talkative, and many more things. I know the Lord has given the ability to do the things I need to do to become prepared for the mission that has been extended to me. One of the things he has helped me with most is studying. I have found greater purpose and joy in listening and reading talks, reading the scriptures, listening to good music and just all around trying to do better. For the first time in my life, I have finally read the book of mormon! I found that for my first time through, it helped me most to just read it like I would a novel. I got caught up in the stories, the suspense and I was intrigued! I read it fairly quickly because I was not stopping to study every verse, and I think it helped motivate me for my first time through to see the end get closer and closer every time I read. I finally know for myself what everyone is talking about. This book is true! Joseph could not have written that himself! I love the prophets I learned about and I look forward to reading it again and again, maybe slower this time so that I may study it closer. Discovering this book is like discovering the ocean for the first time. We cannot go straight to the depths and discover such amazing and strange creatures. We begin in the tide pools. We then learn to swim and protect ourselves the more time we spend there. We ask professional divers, sea captains and others for advice. We research. We study it. Eventually one day, we'll be ready to dip our toes in that great, vast and endless ocean that Heavenly Father has in store for us. We may never discover all the great creatures, but we will always be learning. Eternally progressing. I have tested the tide pools and I'm ready and excited to go back and discover more.