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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm from Colorado. I teach writing and am a mother of three. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My day usually begins at 5 AM when I go in and feed my 8 month old baby. After I lay him back down to sleep, I go running or meet a group of friends to work out. I love running races and am training for my first marathon. I have done several olympic distance triathlons and would love to do an ironman someday. My husband enjoys some of the same activities, and whenever we can get away together we love to go running or biking. When I return home it's time to do breakfast for the 3 year old and 6 year old and send my husband out the door. Grocery shopping, planning and preparing meals, cleaning the house, doing laundry, and spending time at the park, pool, library with my kids and our friends are what fills most of my time during the day. I work part time from home and meet with students online throughout the week. Once in awhile I get to go teach a class on campus. I love reading but it takes me a lot longer to get through a book than it used to because of all the other things going on in my world right now with the kids. I write poetry and keep a blog with our family journal. Every evening around 6 PM our family sits down to have dinner together and visit. After dinner we get the kids ready for bed and sing a song with them then read scriptures and say prayers. Even though I am tired by this time of day it is one of my favorite parts of the day. I love to go in and check on all of them after they fall asleep.

Why I am a Mormon

Baptized at the age of eight, I was not too young to know and feel that I was doing what Heavenly Father wanted me to do and taking an important step that led to many other points of conversion throughout my life. As a teenager I felt that the gospel of Jesus Christ anchored me and made me aware of exactly who I was-- an important daughter of God, so I did not worry as much about what other kids thought of me. As a young adult I felt sure that God was preparing a future for me even if I could not yet see that future, so I didn't fret as much about all the choices that needed to be made at that time in life but kept moving forward. As a missionary in Taiwan I felt empowered by the message of the restoration of God's true church on the earth and anxious to share the hope that Jesus Christ offers each of us. When I was married in the temple and began having children I felt inspired and directed in how to build and cherish the relationships I have with my husband and children because they are forever. I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ provides the answers to the purpose of my life and the inspiration and direction to make that purpose happen.

How I live my faith

Being in church on Sunday is part of living my faith. I am showing Heavenly Father my commitment to keeping His commandments and strengthening my faith in my Savior Jesus Christ. Right now I am responsible for organizing monthly activities for all of the women who are 18 years and older in my area. I also like to go on visits to reach out and get to know people or help them with things that they are needing. This is what the Savior would do if He were here and so that is important to me to try and do that too. I teach my children about God's love for them and how special each one of them are to Him. I have many shortcomings and weaknesses, but I am grateful to feel hope each day by remembering my Savior and His ability to make up the difference for me where I fall short. I try to be a little better each day even though it is often two steps forward and one step back.