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Hi I'm Jess

I'm from Oregon. I love music and being outdoors. I'm a type 1 diabetic. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in a tiny, one-stoplight town that is situated perfectly between Portland and the Pacific Ocean. I love being outdoors and Oregon provides the perfect backdrop for adventures with my golden retriever, Newman. Hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, and swimming are all some of my favorite activities. However, a good book on a rainy day will always be one of my favorite things. I have an insatiable desire to learn about anything and everything. There isn't enough time on this earth to read all of the books I want to read. I've played piano since I was 6 and viola since I was 8 so music is really a part of my soul. I attended BYU in Provo, Utah this last year where I majored in Biology in preparation to enter the Nursing Program and become a Nurse Practitioner for Endocrinology. I am a type 1 diabetic. I enter the Provo MTC on March 18th, 2015 to teach the people of Tucson, Arizona in the Spanish Language.

Why I am a Mormon

I was very lucky that I grew up in this church. My parent's testimonies of its truthfulness have always been a safe anchor for me to hold onto as I have faced the storms of this life. However, I had to gain a testimony of this gospel for myself, and the opportunity presented itself in a way I would have never imagined. It seems that just when life is going the way you planned, God reminds of you who is really in charge. I was in my second semester of college and all was going according to my little plan. I was getting good grades, I had a great job, and I had just received my mission call to Saltillo, Mexico. Everything was perfect. Until I became really sick. I came home to visit where I was taken to the doctor and I felt my plan shatter as he said the words, "You have type 1 diabetes." I had to discontinue school because I was too sick to continue, I lost my job, and more importantly, my mission was postponed for who knew how long. For the first time in my whole life, I doubted everything. I turned my back on God because I felt He had turned His back on me. That was truly the darkest time of my life. I didn't know where to turn or where to find peace. Finally, in a moment of pure agony of spirit, I fell to my knees and cried to the Lord asking Him to take this away. To take away my anger and fear.The answer I received was of the gentlest rebuke, "You won't let me." It was then that I realized that my wonderful and merciful Heavenly Father was trying to give me an incredible learning experience in the form of this disease but my hands and heart were so full of hate and doubt that He had nowhere to place it. I am so grateful for this trial because it has taught me to rely completely on my Savior. I am now healthy and have my blood sugars under control with an insulin pump and about to embark on a mission for the Lord in Tucson, Arizona. I am a Mormon because through this gospel, in a world of uncertainty and pain, I have found joy and peace.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by submitting my full service to the Lord for 18 months as I serve a mission.