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Hi I'm Jess

I love hiking in the mountains, preparing beautiful food and laughing with my family. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I like making and eating food. I don't necessarily like recipes. The first time I make something I will follow the recipe. Second time on, all bets are off and my family knows it. If I think I can make a recipe taste better by changing something, I will definitely do it. I already know how the recipe tastes anyway! In my mom's cookbooks, our favorite recipes have penciled in notes of how to make it the way I make it. My people philosophy goes something like this: if I think something positive, I am going to say it. That being said I do not have many embarrassing moments; I just have a LOT of funny stories.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because living the gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy, and it works! The Book of Mormon talks about opposition in all things (2 Nephi 2:11). That used to really bother me because I thought of opposition as a negative thing. But through lots of prayer, study, and acting on my faith, I have come to look at opposition very differently. Opposition means there cannot be bitter unless there is sweet, there cannot be death unless there is eternal life, there cannot be the possibility of failure unless there is also the possibility to succeed. Through the Atonement and grace of Jesus Christ I am able to focus on positive opposition and use negative opposition as a springboard to positive experiences. This life is not the end!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by encouraging those around me to be positive and see the good in themselves and their situations. I love spending time talking with my friends about eternal truths and sharing our blessings. I volunteer to visit and teach other members of my church in their homes, and I have made some really neat friends this way. Most often though, living my faith is as simple as smiling and encouraging someone that God has placed in my life for a brief moment. These moments are sweet to me because they are so profound. These moments have taught me that God is perfectly aware of and lovingly involved in the lives of all His children. Other mortals may not be aware, but He is. He is able to meet our needs wherever we are. My own burdens are always made lighter when I am showing compassion for another of His children, and I also feel His love for me.