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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a student at BYU-Idaho studying floral design. I was born and raised in a small Idaho town. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm the youngest of 4 kids in my family so once all my siblings moved out I had to learn to entertain myself. I love creating and making things whether its by painting, making crafts, or doodling on notes and assignments during class. I love fashion, red lipstick, florals, bows and anything girly. I'll admit I'm a Pinterest addict. It's so fun to see what the world is up to and creates. I want to be a high-end wedding designer. Yet another great reason to surf Pinterest. I graduated as a Valedictorian in High School and now I go to school at BYU-Idaho, studying floral design. I love late spring/early summer because its so refreshing after long winters in Idaho. I look like a city girl but grew up a country girl who rode horses in my childhood and worked on a pig farm. I'm so grateful for the way I was raised because it taught me how to work.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love the way my life has turned out and I know that is because of my relationship to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know I am loved, I know how much they love me, and I know why I am here in this world. Growing up as a Mormon has taught me principles and values that allow me to value life, the beauty of the world, and love people. It has given me a reason to wake up happy, to persevere trials, and at the end of the day appreciate what I have. I have sat through countless lessons and teachings throughout my 21 years of life as a Mormon and everything I learn ALWAYS reaffirms that the Church is true in what it teaches and how it is led, that God lives, and that He loves me. I know that. I believe everything happens for a reason and even if we think a trial sucks (which lets be honest, they always do right?!) I know that it was given to us out of love and that there is something to be learned from it. Trials make us better. It is up to me to look at everything from a different perspective and choose to grow and learn from it. I know great blessings are in store for me, things that I can't even comprehend in my mortal state. I just have to obey what God has asked of me and be consistent in my actions and make sure they are in accordance with what God wants. Being a Mormon has shaped my life to what it is now, and I love it. That's why I'm a Mormon, because I know I'll be happy and get the most out of life if I do what is taught.

How I live my faith

I've always lived in a Mormon bubble, meaning that growing up and going to BYU-I I've been surrounded by a lot of Mormons and other people with similar ideas and values as me. It has its perks but it doesn't necessarily make it easier to be a Mormon like you might think. I still have to be independent and stand for what I personally believe. After all, I am my own person. I live my faith in the way I dress, speak, and associate with others. I like to show I'm a Mormon rather than tell people. I don't like defining a Mormon by all the things we "can't" do or are asked not to do but rather by emphasizing Christlike characteristics in what we do and how we treat others. I also live my faith by being an EFY counselor. Especially For Youth is a weeklong summer camp that kids ages 14-18 attend where they build relationships with others, focusing mostly on their relationship to the Gospel and with God. They also gain their own personal testimony and develop habits in their life that will continue to help them strengthen that testimony throughout their life. Counselors are 21-28 years old and they become participant's friends, teachers and mentors. It's amazing how many different things can be learned at EFY, even as a counselor. I recommend youth to attend EFY, even if they're not Mormon. It's a program that enriches personal commitments, builds friendships, and it gets crazy fun too!