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Hi I'm Jami Nielsen

I grew up in Northwest OR, I live in Northern UT and I'm serving in the Texas Houston East Mission in the English language.

About Me

I came into the world on September 7th, 1996. I was blessed to be born in the covenant to goodly parents and a bright future. I was born in Utah, but moved to Oregon when I was six months old so my dad could join his brother-in-law's furniture business. We lived there for 14 years and I absolutely loved growing up in the green and the rain. During my time there I was very involved in soccer and theater. Before my Freshman year of high school my family felt prompted to move back to Utah, and made the move the summer of 2011. I spent my 4 years of high school at Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs. I quit soccer and acting (I was not very good at either) and joined the Westlake Marching Thunder Band upon my arrival (after the persuasion of my musical friends back in OR) and flourished in my years of being a band geek, playing the flute, french horn, mellophone and a bit of trumpet. I am so grateful for those years of being a part of such a successful band program and gaining a love for music and a talent for playing the flute. During my many years in school I have also grown a passion for creative writing and poetry and I still continue to write to this day. I graduated from high school on a sunny day in May 2015 and on the evening of the very same day I received and opened my mission call to the Texas Houston East Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, my education on Joseph Smith and his restored gospel starting at such a young age. I loved attending primary and singing about Jesus and I was baptized at 8 years old. I continued going to sacrament meeting with my family and loving everything I was taught. In my early tween years though, as everyone does, I doubted. Is God there and does He really care? I went a few years like this, with a wavering testimony, however I still attended church meetings. By the time I was almost 14 years old it had been a very long time since I'd prayed and I did not feel His love or a motivation to live the gospel. I struggled with feeling accepted and found myself in the wrong group of friends. One night when things were very hard I knelt at my bedside and as I cried I told God how lonely, unimportant and weak I felt. I told Him everything, from all the poor decisions I'd made to all the unhappy emotions I've been feeling. I then asked my Heavenly Father if He was really there listening to my prayer and if He loved me. This moment was the defining moment of my full conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The feeling I felt inside when I asked that was the most peace, love and warmth I had ever felt up to that point in my life. I knew that God answered my prayer and as I apologized for the many wrong things I had done I felt His forgiveness. Even after that I still have made countless mistakes but since that day my testimony for this church has continued to grow stronger. The last few years of high school were extremely hard for me in many personal ways, resulting in me missing a lot of school and distancing myself from everyone. I struggled more than I ever have in my entire live, but two life changing eternal truths I have learned and will never forget and I hope you know and remember is: God's love for you is UNCONDITIONAL, and "No one has failed who keeps trying and keeps praying." (Jeffrey R. Holland). 3

How I live my faith

I've been so blessed in my life with the many opportunities that God has provided me, including spiritual opportunities to serve. I have had countless leadership callings in my church where my Heavenly Father has shaped me into the person He needs me to be. A recent big position I served for the duration of my senior year was being called as a member of Westlake High School Seminary Council, which basically means I was one of 22 representatives of my church in that huge high school. I learned a lot of things from my many errors and grew in ways I never though I could. From this experience and many other previous experiences I have found a love for helping and serving others, a desire within me that I can not shake off. Having always wanted to share the happy message of the restored gospel and help and love others, I knew at a young age that I desired to serve a mission. I began praying about it when I started High School and two years later when I was sixteen years old I received an answer, a burning and strong assurance in my heart that God needs me in the mission field. The second I could I had interviews with my bishop and submitted my papers, excitement pouring out of me. When I received my mission call in the mail and read the words "Texas Houston East Mission" I felt a confirmation in my heart that I'm meant to go there and share my testimony with those people. Four months later I leave for the Provo Missionary Training Center and then to Texas to Serve God and his children with all my heart, might, mind and strength.