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Hi I'm Jenna Jackson

I love to read. I like to hike and be outside. I like to dance, especially contemporary dance. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I am a bit of a nerd. I love to read! My favorite book is East of Eden. I'm a college student, but recently deferred to serve an LDS mission. I am a psychology major, and a statistics minor. I'm one of those people who love math, and figuring out how to solve complex problems. In school, I have been involved in three different research teams. One was with non-human primates studying gene by environment interactions, one studying rape and domestic violence myths and perceptions, and one studying psychological aspects of marketing. I recently just participated in a research internship that was an incredible experience! I love to dance, particularly modern and contemporary. However, I also like Jazz and Ballet. One of my favorite things to do is go to a dance concert; there is something so beautiful and moving about the art form. I play the flute and drums. Music is a big part of my life and my family. In fact, when I was growing up we had a family band. I enjoy hiking, and spending time in nature. I especially love being around water, whether it is a river, lake, or ocean. I love dogs! I have a beautiful golden doodle who is great, but scared of just about everything. She loves to jump on my lap and won't let me get away until I pet her. One of my favorite pastimes is listening to Ted Talks. I love learning new facts and different things people do with their lives to benefit others.

Why I am a Mormon

I decided to be a member in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I believe in the Book of Mormon. After reading it the first time, I prayed to know if it was true. I received a spiritual witness and believed it to be true, but was not fully convinced. As I continued to study the Book, I also started to read the Doctrine and Covenants and the New Testament at the same time as the Book of Mormon. As I did this, I knew that what I was reading was true. The more I study my scriptures, the more my testimony grows. Although I was born and raised as a member in this Church, I needed to gain that testimony for myself. I believe in the power of personal revelation, and that God listens and hears our prayers. Every day, I can see small miracles in my life, and I know that Christ lives. He has touched my soul, in a way that is difficult to put into words. It is no small thing; my entire life is changed from it. The power of the light of Christ can defeat any darkness, I am convinced of that. Being a member of the Church does not take away any of my struggles or challenges; I still experience darkness and evil. But, the Church gives me hope. It gives me power through Christ. This truth has benefited my life more than anything else. I love it. When I follow the standards of the Church, I can feel Christ in my life. That has been a huge blessing to me. I love that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us all, and that he provides a way for us to hear His voice. I know that President Monson and the other leaders of the Church are inspired. I am so grateful for this Church, because it has led me to Christ. I know the only way to be whole is through His grace and His love. I love Christ, and know that He loves me. That is the most powerful truth that I know. Christ lives and loves us all.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am preparing to leave to serve an LDS mission. This is where I put everything on hold in my life for a year and a half to go to wherever the Church may call me (in this case, Cincinnati, Ohio) and teach people about what I believe in. I am thrilled for the opportunity to serve others, and to spread the joy that I feel in my heart to others. Before my mission, I participated in Church activities, including service projects. I enjoy being part of something bigger than myself, and doing service projects through the Church.