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Hi I'm Jessica Shields Buckway

I go to graduate school in Southern California and... I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Arizona but moved around a lot as a child because my dad was a general contractor and we moved to build houses. My brothers and sisters became my best friends as we moved around and as we helped my dad build houses. He, and my mother, taught us how to work hard and to appreciate and love each other. They also taught us about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and his sacrifice for us. We learned that Jesus died so that our family could be best friends and be together forever.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have felt the love of the Savior and the Holy Spirit has touched my heart. I feel the spirit and the Savior's love as I go to church and as I learn more about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have also prayed to find out if Joseph Smith was really a prophet and if the Bible and Book of Mormon are really the word of God. I did not receive an answer right away. It took many months of studying and praying with sincerity to receive and answer to my prayers... but it was well worth the effort! I finally did receive and answer as I read from the Book of Mormon with a wonderful lady from Africa, who was also praying for answers. We felt the love of the Savior all around us and tears came to our eyes as the Holy Spirit testified to our minds and hearts that what we were reading was the word of God and that He had restored His gospel through Joseph Smith. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life but it did not come easy. Just like building houses with my father, I learned a lot and I appreciated so much more the end result because I had to work for it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to church each Sunday and by praying each day. I read the words of prophets and apostles from the Bible and the Book of Mormon and I try to see and acknowledge the love of the Savior in the beauty of each new day.