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Hi I'm Jill Hughes

I love listening to music. I love everything about autumn. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have just finished my freshman year at college. I'm not entirely sure what I want to major it quite yet, but I am leaning towards Microbiology. I love learning how organisms function! In high school I played clarinet and I participated in choir. I love older music like the Firebird Suite, but I also love newer artists like American Authors. My favorite flowers are white daisies. I absolutely love Chinese food, especially Chinese noodles. I am going on a full-time mission to Washington Vancouver, so I will be teaching in that area for about 18 months. I am very excited to be able to get to know the people there and serve them!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in a LDS (Mormon) family, so I've always had the gospel around me. However, there is a big difference between just going through the motions (like going to church) and actually being a disciple of Christ. As I grew older, I found that I couldn't just rely on the beliefs, or testimonies, of my family and friends. The biggest factor that helped me build my own testimony of the truth of this gospel was the Book of Mormon. One verse in the Book of Mormon says, "Yea, even that ye would have so much faith as even to plant the word in your hearts, that ye may try the experiment of its goodness" (Alma 34:4). So I experimented by reading the Book of Mormon every night. After trying this for a while, something happened. The Book of Mormon changed from being just words on a page into a way for God to talk to me. This, along with many other experiences, has brought me closer to my Heavenly Father and has given me a testimony that this church is the true gospel of Christ.

How I live my faith

I read in the Book of Mormon daily, because I've found that it brings the Spirit into my life. I am always looking for ways I can help others. I don't swear, I don't drink, I don't appreciate crude humor, I dress modestly, I attend all my church meetings, and overall I try to progress toward my divine potential. Mormonism isn't just my religion on Sundays; I strive to live my faith every moment of every day. I have also decided to serve a full-time mission for my church. It was a difficult decision, because when you decide to serve, you must be willing to go wherever you are called to go, you must be willing to work hard every day, you must be willing to talk to strangers and be rejected by many, and you must be willing to give up your old life as you dedicate 18 to 24 months to the Lord. However, I have been very blessed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I want to be able to share that happiness with others. I prayed about it, and I came to the conclusion that going on a mission is what I should do. I have received my mission call to Washington state, in the Vancouver area. This may be the scariest thing I have ever done, but I will trust in the Lord. "Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life" (3 Nephi 5:13).

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jill Hughes
Not all Mormons are "required" to serve missions. However, we consider it a priesthood responsibility. I think of this situation similar to obeying laws. Are we required to obey all our state and national laws? Well we can choose whether we do or not, but by following those laws, we show our appreciation to our government and we will generally be kept safe. Like this, young men with the priesthood have been asked to go on missions, but still choose for themselves whether or not they go. Yet by choosing to fulfill their priesthood responsibility by going on a mission, these young men show their love and appreciation for the Lord. Young women can serve missions if they desire to, but they do not have the same priesthood responsibility to do so. This has traditionally resulted in a majority of the LDS missionaries being young men. However, because of President Thomas S. Monson's announcement in October 2012, changing the minimum age required for girls to serve a missions from 21 years old to 19 years old, many more young women have chosen to serve. Overall, we choose to serve the Lord by going on missions because we love the Lord and love His gospel. When you have found something that brings you happiness, you want to share it with everyone you meet. And that is exactly what we do when we go on missions. Show more Show less