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Hi I'm Jayne Preciado

I'm a proud California girl. I love the beach, HGTV, family campouts, and being a college student. I'm a missionary. I'm a mormon.

About Me

Did I mention that I love California? Growing up I was forced to go camping all over the Golden State. Not the glamorous cabin camping you watch on TV, but leaky tent, rocks under your sleeping bag and thank-heavens-there-is-a-bathroom camping. But looking back, I wouldn't give any of it up. You shove seven people in one tent and you tend to get to know each other. Besides my relationship with my Heavenly Father, my family has become the most important thing to me. I'd have to say my two great passions are music and languages. I spent the first few years of college deciding what is most important to me. Eventually, I realized that people are what's most important; connecting them and uniting them. What better way to do that then learning how to speak their language? (Yeah, I mean literally!) So I'm going to graduate with a degree in linguistics and spend the rest of my life studying languages. That way I can say 'yes' in whatever language it takes to be able to serve those around me!

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of this religion has taught me that love is active, hardworking, selfless, fearless and so much more. I have witnessed my Heavenly Father do and be all of these loving qualities. When I was young, I was a Mormon because it made me feel loved. Now I'm a Mormon because I know that living the principles of this gospel is the best chance I have to make others feel valued and noticed. This gospel is my salvation and I'm never happier than when I live by its principles.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by doing the little things- like working hard at my job so I can live honestly or jumping into action when I see an opportunity to serve. I like to treat the people around me like they're a friendship just waiting for me to take the first step. Our Heavenly Father asks a lot of specific things of us. As members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we attend three hours of church every Sunday. I do my best to pray and read my scriptures daily. I pay tithing to the church. Every month, I fast two meals on the first Sunday and donate the money I would have spent on meals to the needy. I regularly spend time at our church temples. This year my parents are helping me pay for a volunteer mission in the Pocatello Idaho Mission (try not to be jealous). God asks a lot of his children because personal strength comes from the lessons we learn as we sacrifice some things in faith. I know that blessings are poured out onto those who serve but especially to those who have been served.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Jayne Preciado
You bet! God is our loving Heavenly Father and wants us to have all the tools necessary to be successful in this life as well as the next. In Biblical times, prophet's taught the gospel and directed God's church on the earth. Today prophets have the same role. They are evidence that God's work is not finished with His children. God loves us as much as he loved his children in times of old and offers us just as much help. I know that when we live according to the counsel of our prophets we are filled with peace and protected from sin. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jayne Preciado
Women do not hold the priesthood because God did not organize it that way. As part of our Heavenly Father's plan we women are able to serve in different but equally important capacities within the church and within our families. Within the church we have the Relief Society, one of the largest women's organizations in the world, and the Young Women's Program. Both of these programs seek to honor women and their important contributions to this world. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I know that my gender is an important part of my spiritual and physical identity. It is also a sacred gift. I am valued. I am capable of great contributions. Even though I do not hold the priesthood I have access to the same blessings of serving others and receiving saving ordinances. Men and women are companions who are equally yoked in the effort to return to live with our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Jayne Preciado
The priesthood is the authority given to man to act in God's name. The same priesthood authority that existed in the original Church established by Jesus Christ exists in our church today. This priesthood authority leads and directs us. All male members of the Church who are worthy and prepared receive the priesthood. The priesthood is used to serve God's children and these priesthood holders must remain worthy of their priesthood by strictly adhering to God's commandments. The blessings of the priesthood are available to everyone- male or female. I know I can benefit from priesthood power but I also know that God has organized His church perfectly. My role is not in a priesthood office but in other, equally important capacities in the church and in life. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jayne Preciado
Some will tell you that I am not a Christian because I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But my religion is centered around and founded by Jesus Christ himself. As a missionary for this church I teach the same gospel He taught: faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and endure to the end. Our church accepts Jesus Christ as our Savior- the only perfect Man who ever walked the earth. He is the living Son of the living God. Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1995-2008), said of Jesus Christ: "He is our Savior and our Redeemer through whose atoning sacrifice has come the opportunity of eternal life. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ and witnesses of His divinity, His life, and His Atonement.” Show more Show less