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Hi I'm Jade

I'm 19. I love music, college, avocados, people, and naps. I make too many lists and own too many pink pens. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of 4 and am lucky enough to hang out and sing around with my loud, musical family when I'm not away at college. I love my family but I also love being on my own. I'm currently studying business, partly because I like shopping for cute pencil skirts and partly because accounting is riveting (you think I'm kidding...). But the other kids tell me I'm too boring so every once in a while I let a friend take me on a blind adventure, which usually involves heights and/or bugs, my two greatest fears. It's great, the panic and adrenaline rush gives me a real good cardiovascular workout when I've passed up too many cardio session in a row. But if I had a choice, I would just stay in my comfort zone, cross off my To-Dos and schedule my whole life on Google Calendars.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me as a Mormon, so I've been a member of this Church my whole life. But for a couple of years, through the end of high school, my scriptures gathered dust and I went day by day without talking to my Heavenly Father. I thought I was happy because I had everything I could ever need, but those things camouflaged the growing void as I drifted further from God. I started making some poor choices, prioritizing the wrong things, and developing some habits and an overall attitude that made me a terrible person to be around at home. At some point, I suddenly realized that I hated the person I was becoming. I looked back on my life and realized that I was happier before, and that whatever contentment I was feeling at the moment wasn't true joy. Because I vaguely remembered that I had felt true joy before. I decided to figure out how to become truly happy. In that quest, I found God again. Through a major course-correction, faith, prayer, persistence and then quite some time, I finally found (again) the overwhelming and pure joy that comes from really understanding and living the full gospel of Jesus Christ. I love being this happy. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to pray every day to become more like Jesus Christ, our ultimate exemplar. I am working on developing charity--perfect, Christlike love-- for the people around me, and patience and compassion. I also try to live my life as He did. I try to look outside of my little circle of preoccupations and worries and serve those around me. I seek the Lord's guidance as I look for opportunities to share experiences with my younger siblings; I hope to show them how much Christ's gospel means to me and how happy I am to have it in my life. I've also served in the Church as the president of the women's organization (Relief Society) while attending Brigham Young University. I sought guidance to best serve, teach and lead those women that, in turn, taught me and blessed my life so much!! ALSO, in just one month I will be serving the Lord as an LDS-- or Mormon-- missionary in Taichung, Taiwan! I will get to be an official representative of Jesus Christ and His Church and help others find the same peace, happiness, and blessings that I've found through Jesus Christ! But all in all, I try to live according to the Lord's will and represent Jesus Christ in my day-to-day interactions with others.