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Hi I'm Jessica

I am a Panamanian living in Canada, a wife and mother of 5. I am an entrepreneur. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am Mormon. I am a wife and a mother of 5 kids. I am the oldest of 4 and with a rich heritage. My paternal grandfather was from China, and my maternal grandfather's family came from Spain. My maternal grandmother's ancestors came from Afro-Caribbean blacks and indigenous people from Panama. My studies, our places of residence, and different circumstances have taken me on an unexpected career path. My father is an entrepreneur but I never thought I would call myself one. But I guess that is the best way to describe what I do. I am an Interior Designer, but also consider myself a real estate agent for expats and developers in foreign countries. My husband and I own a language service business teaching English to corporations and we help organize trade missions for Canadian companies wanting to do business in my native country. I don't have a hobby I am passionate about, but I enjoy painting, writing, reading stories of real people, creating and planning events, decorating and reorganizing spaces. I love movies and documentaries. But right now, I am mostly a soccer mom, who spends many days driving to practices, recording games and cheering on the side lines. I am my kids' biggest fan and what makes me the happiest is to see them happy and fulfilled in their goals. I am a natural teacher who enjoys casual conversations with them about anything, relating my own youth experiences to their own, and bringing life lessons to life gives me the greatest joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Catholic family who taught me to recite my prayers, to believe in God and to attend Church weekly. They didn't read the scriptures, but somehow, I was able to obtain a bible which I treasured. I constantly wondered about the nature of God, his size, skin color and marveled at His power. When I was 16, I met a friend who was Mormon. He found out that I read the Bible and offered to answer any question. So one August afternoon in 1985 we sat down in our front porch to talk. Our conversation turned to the baptism of little children and then about God's plan for us on Earth, how we lived with Him before and what happens after we die, the different glories our Father has prepared for us and how the lowest of all those glories is more beautiful and magnificent than the best place on Earth. At that moment, I had two thoughts: I wanted to be in the highest of those glories and how did he know those things? He then proceeded to relate the story of the First Vision of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. And then he told me that if I asked God, He would tell me if what he had just said was true or not. For some reason, I felt and knew it was all true, but I still wanted to ask and receive an answer. And so I proceeded to pray in the privacy of my room every night for 2 weeks. My answer came in a dream as I saw my friend telling me that if I went outside and saw the angel Moroni, I would know that the Book of Mormon was true. I went outside the building where I was, and saw a fountain whose waters were shooting up and down, and lights turning on and off on my path, and at the end of the path, there I saw Moroni. I knew then, as I know now, that the Church of Jesus Christ is the restored church, with the fullness of the Gospel, with the priesthood authority to take us back to our Father in Heaven, and to bind our families for eternity. 30 years have passed and I have never doubted, but only confirmed time and time again, that Jesus himself leads this Church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith. My faith is part of who I am and how I live my life. At home, I strive to provide a fun but spiritual environment for our 5 kids. We pray daily, for specific things affecting family and friends. We read and discuss the scriptures as a family, and engage in conversations about what the scripture stories can teach us today. We often talk about how to incorporate the teachings of Jesus in our daily lives, how to help others and try to be better every day. I family history and love writing stories about my parents and ancestors. My Mondays are full of expectations as we wait to hear from our two sons now serving as missionaries for the Church in Hermosillo, Mexico and in Medellin, Colombia. At Church, I enjoy working with the youth, and currently serve as the secretary in the presidency that organizes activities for 25+ girls (ages 12-18). We meet every Sunday to teach and learn from each other about Christ and how to be more like Him. On Wednesdays we meet again for fun and wholesome activities that may also involve the boys. One of my favorite things to do is helping the girls with their personal goals, as part of a program called Personal Progress, which takes them on a personal journey of setting goals and improving in different aspects of their lives. As I work along my 17 year old daughter, I also learn. At work, and as I get to meet people from different parts of the world, I am honest in my dealings and maintain a positive attitude despite difficult situations. As I have met people with different standards, I am firm in my beliefs and do not hesitate to let others know what those standards are. I would like to think that my extended family and friends know they can count on me, whenever I can. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I see them, as well as strangers, as children of God. I do my best to be motivating and encouraging, to be a supporting hand or a listening ear. I am far from perfect but I hope to live as Christ expects me to live.