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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm an athlete. I'm a traveler. I was born and taught to work hard and reach my goals. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've had a life as good as possible. Not to say it's been easy, but I've definitely been blessed. So far, I've traveled to Vietnam, Cambodia, South Korea, Most of the US, Mexico, Czech Republic, Germany, and France. Because of these travels, I got to experience having H Pylori and Wes Nile. Not to mention, I've also had the Swine Flu. Right before my last journey to Europe I found out that I have PCOS as well. But I count these as blessings, through them I learned more, became stronger, and realized how much I need to rely on the Lord. A bookworm through and through. I also love to play sports and do anything outdoors. I played all four years on the HS soccer team and three years in the HS orchestra. Just recently ran a half marathon, but that was a one time deal for sure. I love to hike, mountain bike, rollerblade, swim, rapell, splunk, camp, ski, fourwheel, weight lift, dance, play the piano and violin, draw, cook, and try new things! Graduated High School, attended three semesters at BYU-Hawaii where I had the amazing opportunity to work at the Polynesian Cultural Center and come to better understand international relations. I now attend BYU-Idaho online as I prepare to serve a full-time mission in California. My favorite time is spent with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me about the gospel and had me going to church as very young age. However, they knew I had to figure out things for myself. They didn't tell how to live my life, they didn't tell me what was true or not. They simply said what they believed and said I could choose to believe the same if I wanted. The sole thing my dad taught me was how to talk to God so I could find out for myself. Throughout my childhood religion wasn't a big deal, I was too young to understand anything. The one thing I did know was that I going to the LDS church made me happy, so I chose to be baptized when I was eight. It wasn't until I turned around the age of 13 or 14 though, that I started to question my very existence. At a girls camp one summer, one of my good friends brought up a question that really got me thinking and has virtually affected me more than anything. I asked, "What am I going to do with the rest of my life?" I knew I needed to find out! So I began the long search for the truth. I've studied all sorts of religions because I think it's important to understand all the differences in the way people live. My family has hosted foreign exchange students from Germany, Vietnam, and Switzerland. We also had a boy from and ex-polygamist family live with us for a short while. I've been to Mass several times, even participated in Lent. I've been to Baptist activities. For a month I lived with a Muslim friend and we frequently discussed our beliefs and values. I listen to my mom's friends talk about their worship in Buddhism. I spend countless hours studying the gospel taught by the LDS church. Each provides some profound truths. I really do think it's important to look at all different aspects of religion. So, I've spent lots of time looking for answers, and people often ask me why, why be a Mormon? Through this church and gospel I see all of the truths come together and I find greater feelings of joy, peace, comfort, and understanding than anywhere else in the world.

How I live my faith

I try to do all I can to help serve others. The church has many programs that help allow me to meet that goal. We do many service projects, which I absolutely love to participate in when given the opportunity. In addition, I have a volunteer calling as a Family History Consultant, which basically means I am there for anyone who needs help doing their family history. The temple, the House of the Lord, is a place where I find healing and happiness for myself, as well as I am able to perform work for others who were not given the chance to receive those sacred ordinances. For the next eighteen months, I will put all of my other aspirations and desires on hold and become a missionary to teach others about the happiness found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every day I wake up and the first thing I do is kneel down and pray to God the Father. Our faith is about believing in Christ, testifying of Christ, and living like Christ. The sole purpose of the LDS church is to help us better become disciples of Jesus our Lord and Savior. This faith is a way of life, not just a Sunday social visit. I visit members of my community who are in need, strive to reach out to others, try to be a friend to all, remember to never judge others before I look at the mote that is in mine own eye, always look to God for help and recall that with him nothing is impossible. At school and the workplace I implement qualities of integrity and honesty in all of my dealings. I believe that everyone deserves respect and a show of kindness, regardless of who they are or what they have done. None of us are perfect. This faith gives me the strength I need to keep trying and know that as long as I try a little harder to be a little better each and every day I am slowly becoming the person that God knows I can be.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Jessica
The main purpose of church service is to partake of the sacrament. Each week we are given an opportunity to renew covenants we have made with God, further recognize and remember Jesus Christ and the sacrifice he made for each and every one of us. It's a chance to start anew. In addition, we are able to strengthen others, reach out to those in need, and learn more about God's plan for us. The church exists to help every individual become a better disciples of Christ. If it is one's desire to be a better person and be more like Jesus, then they should seek to attend! Service is welcome to all. Our's is a proselyting church, we want all to be able to have a chance understand the happiness found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Visitors are not only welcome, but are encouraged! Show more Show less