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Hi I'm Jill

I grew up in Florida. I'm a writer. I'm going to be a dental hygienist. I'm a nerd and a gamer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the eighth child of nine, both of my parents are active members of the church and have raised all of their children to love the Lord. I LOVE to read, write, play video games, listen to and tell stories, spend time with friends and family, go on adventures, play card games, board games, joking around, dancing, singing too loud, and rocking out to an eclectic taste in music. I am a missionary right now, but I'm going to be a dental hygienist and hope to have a large family after I get married.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized at the age of eight because it was what was expected of me. I didn't start to become truly converted to the Gospel until around the age of twelve. I started to ask myself why I was living the way I was. Why didn't I drink coffee? Why was I waiting till marriage to have sex? Why did I tell everyone that I was never going to drink or smoke? Did I even believe that there was a God? These questions got the better of me, so I prayed. I fervently asked God for acknowledgement of his presence. I believe that he talked to me and he answered my prayer. He let me know that He was there, that He was listening, and that He was answering. He testified to me that the commandments were given for a reason and that I should continue to live by them. He testified that I should continue to attend church and to live the principles of the Gospel. When I was 16 I was looking into other religions, and was torn between converting to Catholicism and Judaism. I couldn't renounce my faith in Christ, so I decided that I was going to become a Catholic. When I prayed to get confirmation from God that this should be my choice, God told me to just wait. So I waited and ended up going back to the LDS church with my Mom. It was there that the Spirit whispered to me that I needed to rededicate my life to the LDS religion because I already had the truth and searching for something else was pointless. I began to understand the atonement of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. It was through his suffering in the garden of Gethsemane that I realized that I was never alone and that there was always someone who knew what I was going through. Having the knowledge of God and Christ helped me through the hardest part of my life and opened my eyes to the hope and love that is all around me. No matter what happens in my life, I know that He will be there and that He cares for me as an individual.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am serving a mission for the Lord. I figure since God has done so much for me, the least I could do was dedicate this part of my life to serve Him with all my heart, might, mind, and strength.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jill
A ward is a congregation, or group of people who come together to worship God in our church buildings. The ward boundaries are set up so that there isn't overcrowding in our worship meetings. A branch is also a congregation, just smaller. A stake is a group of wards and branches. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Jill
We know that man cannot be saved in ignorance. So in order to live up to that law both spiritually and physically, we choose to be self-reliant in our physical lives and reliant upon God in our spiritual life. You never know what life is going to throw at you, so we choose to be prepared for emergencies by having things like food and water storage, 72-hour kits, education, money in savings, and a back up plan. As we have a level of personal independence, we gain self-confidence, happiness, self respect, and a sense of industry that makes us work hard. As our needs are taken care of, it gives us the ability to turn and follow the Savior's example to care for others in need. Show more Show less