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Hi I'm Jocelyn

I live in the potato capital of the world and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm quite a tall girl, a little clumsy but that hasn't stopped me yet! I love to play the piano, sing, read, go camping and hiking, traveling and I really do love sports and being active. In high school I played any and all sports a girl could play. I played volleyball, basketball, golf and track. I could have gone to college to play basketball but decided to play collegiate volleyball instead, and it was a wonderful decision! I played two years of collegiate volleyball at a college in Wyoming and I excelled. I am a very versatile player and was one of the top players in each position on the front row, I could play anywhere my coach put me. It was great! I graduated with an Associates of Science with an emphasis of Biology. I will be transferring to a four-year university where I will finish out my last two years of college athletics and will be earning a Bachelors degree. I want to further my education and become a professor of Biology. I know, it's a ton of schooling to get a PhD, but I love teaching and helping others so I am willing to work for it. I want to help people learn and find a love for science like so many of my college professors have done for me. But first I'm going to put all of those plans on hold and serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of the feeling I get when I truly study and delve into the scriptures or when I listen to others share their testimonies. I have grown to love this gospel in a way I never thought I could. So many people have questions and are wondering and doubting that there even is a God. I too have had some doubts of my own. But every time I think about those doubts I remember that my Heavenly Father does love me, and I'm never afraid to ask if He does. I have always received his love which is calm, strong, and a deep feeling of peace and understanding. Sometimes I slack on being the kind of person I should. I pray insincerely, mindlessly read my scriptures, or I don't really think about Him at all. Those are the times when I become confused and exasperated with my life because I am more focused on the world and what it has to offer than what God has to offer me. Heavenly Father has already given us this world and every beautiful creation on it and around it. He just asks us to follow him. His way truly is the happy way. It will and does bring joy. Isn't that all we're looking for in the end? I know that this gospel brings light and joy into anyone's life who chooses to partake of it. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live and love each one of us. I have felt it so many times and I cannot deny it. I know that whatever anyone is going through, Christ will be there to comfort them and help them if they let him in. When I was deciding where to play volleyball for another two years in college I was confused and frustrated. I did everything possible to make the right decision. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were there through it all. At first it was hard for me to accept that I needed to go on a mission. I was giving up something that I loved dearly, something that would pay for college and bring me closer my goals in life. But I know that I chose right, I wouldn't change my decision. It was hard, but I believe it will bring me and others joy.

How I live my faith

At college I was able to be apart of the LDS youth group on campus. I was able to help plan activities, set them up, and invite whoever would come and join in and have some fun. We planned some pretty cool stuff. My favorite was the carnival. We had a ton of food and games. We set up a dunk tank, laser tag and even a whipped cream fight. It was so much fun and everyone had a blast. I was also a part of the family home evening group at the college. Every Monday night my partner and I came up with an activity and food for anyone at the college to come and enjoy. Those experiences helped me come out of my shell just a little bit more and I was able to show people the real me. I wouldn't trade those experiences for the world. Sometimes they got really stressful, especially since I was training for volleyball and helping out with both groups at the same time while doing research for the college and keeping up on my grades. But I know that it has helped me in so many ways, and I hope it helped a lot of other people out too. Along with helping plan wholesome activities, I was able to join a group of friends every night at ten where we read a chapter in the Book of Mormon and studied it. We had some great conversations about all religions and about any question we had. It was really nice to see so many other points of view. I also attended institute. Institute was my saving grace. I loved learning about the gospel. My institute teachers were wonderful, they made it fun and spiritual which is a great combination. I found so many great friends there that I still have today. Overall, I have loved to get right into my religion and do everything I possibly can. Sometimes it's hard to balance it all, but the memories and wonderful and the friends that are gained are even more so.