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Hi I'm Jessica Peterson

I'm a middle school teacher. I'm a "hippie" health nut. I'm Big Band Swing enthusiast and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi my name is Jessica, and I’m a hippie. I've been allergic to milk ever sense I can remember, and several years ago I was diagnosed with insulin-resistance. This has played a huge role in my life because staying healthy has been a constant challenge. I've had to revise and rework my diet and exercise plan countless times and there always seems to be something else that ends up being eliminated from my diet. Currently I'm on an organic, low-glycemic, gluten-free, sugar-free, milk-free, onion-free, and sometimes paleo and vegan diet. Makes eating out nearly impossible! It's been a fun journey though! I've learned a lot about how to cook, and I've developed a passion for wholesome foods! My husband has been a major support to me in my life. We have been best friends for 4 years, and just recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary! We met 4 years ago at a national Big Band Swing (Lindy Hop) dance convention held in Salt Lake City Utah. I was studying at a nearby university, and he was that cute tall boy from Idaho who really know how to feel the rhythm. We immediately hit it off and after the convention ended, we said our goodbyes and proceeded to write to each other for the next two years while he served an LDS mission in California. When he came home, he made weekend trips to visit me at college until I graduated. I found a job in Idaho, we dated, and the rest is history!

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ is so uplifting and inspiring. Every day I read the scriptures I leave feeling revived, rejuvenated, and with a renewed hope for a bright future. That's the honest to goodness truth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints just makes sense. It fills in all the gaps and all the holes. In college my minor was Religious Studies. I just loved searching for the truth in all the different religions of the world. Every time I would start to think the puzzle was coming together, I'd come up with a question that would make the whole thing fall apart. It was all very interesting to study, but incredibly confusing spiritually. On a spiritual level, I felt incredibly lost and confused, and sometimes even sorrowful over the doctrines of my studies. That has not been the case with the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is different. There are no more holes in my mind or questions in my heart. It just makes sense. The feeling and spirit I feel when I read, study, and ponder the doctrine, the more sure I am that this book is true. There have been multiple times when I have thought, "why me?" in regards to all the health complications I've had to endure at such a young age. Insert the gospel here. I have received priesthood blessings that have given me strength and shed light on why I travel such a difficult journey. The peace that comes from the gospel is unlike anything I have experienced in my entire life. It's like a warm blanket that washes over you. Like coming home and feeling that overwhelming amount of love and joy. It's the best thing that has ever happened to me and I would never give it up for anything.

How I live my faith

Currently, my husband and I are both attending a local ward where most of the members are young newlywed college students. It has been so much fun to share our testimonies with other members, and develop strong bonds of friendship between our ward members and neighbors. I sing in the ward choir, as well as play the violin when they need a violin accompaniment or solo for a musical number in church. I love having the chance to go visiting teaching with my friends because it gives me an opportunity to teach a lesson, and share my testimony to other women in my ward. I have been fortunate enough to serve many of these women by bringing over meals and offering up my time as a babysitter when they have times of need. I also plan many activities for my ward. We have monthly activities for the women in our ward so we can all get together and enjoy a relaxing and fun evening together. I have helped plan activities such as Valentines Dances, Pampering Parties, various craft projects, chili cook-offs, bbq's, budget and cooking classes. To some this may seem like I must spend gobs of my time working on all of these things and that I must not have a full-time job if I am to maintain such a lifestyle and schedule. To be honest, I work a full-time job as a teacher, I'm a full-time wife (which means plenty of cooking and cleaning in the evenings), and I'm a full-time member! I just give my all to where I can and I find that the Lord usually puts in the rest! The more I serve in my ward, the more energy I seem to have for my other responsibilities!