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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a learner. I'm a musician. I'm a grammar guru. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been reading since I was three, much to my mother's pride and everyone else's skepticism. When I was young, I could be found reading anything and everything I could get my hands on. When I was naughty, I was excited to be sent to my room because that's where all my books were. My great parents kick started the musical spirit in me when they signed me up for piano at the age of six. I've never gone back. Little else brings me more joy than stroking the ivories, stretching my lungs to the sky, or sinking into a beautiful song. (In fact, you can find me on Pandora at sweetjessi123.) I decided in high school that my education was most important to me. I devoted my time to various honors, CE, and AP classes starting in the ninth grade. Then, I went to college starting the summer before my senior year in high school until I graduated with high honors in my high school class and a university associate's degree. The fall after I graduated, I started at another university as a junior in the English technical writing program, aspiring to become an editor. My other hobbies include editing essays (and criticizing professional documents for their flaws), drawing, and baking cookies. I also love making friends at my friendly neighborhood retirement homes and elementary schools.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon not because that's what my parents are. Certainly, that's why I became a Mormon but not why I still am. I am a Mormon because I feel the true love of Christ through the LDS Church. I am a Mormon because I see that in this church, all can be saved through the true love of Christ. I am a Mormon because I have learned for myself through God's silent messenger, the Holy Spirit, that this church is the one true church on the earth. This Holy Spirit has given me a quiet, definite assurance that the Book of Mormon is true and that if I will just follow its doctrines, all will be well. Nothing in this world should, will, or can shake my calm faith in my Heavenly Father and my Savior. So many times I know the Devil has tried to shake me. Once, he could wobble my faith and seed fear and doubt into my heart. I have learned, time and time again, that when the Devil comes knocking, if I turn to my Father, He will take me in His arms and all will be well. If I ever start to wobble, I need only call to God, who is standing at the bottom, waiting to grasp and still the ladder and allow me to continue to climb.

How I live my faith

I make my faith part of my everyday life because it is who I am. Of course, in my church, I have served with a number of projects, taught many lessons, shared my piano skills, and accepted volunteer youth leadership positions. In these positions, I assisted in planning and conducting weekly church meetings and activities. I successfully completed four years of LDS seminary, which included giving up a class period every year of high school; reading much of the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other religious works; and learning the principles of the Mormon church. Outside of my church, I've tried to share the love I've felt from Christ with those around me. In high school, I held a leadership position in the school's service club, for which I helped plan and conduct weekly service activities. In college, I spent a minimum of two hours a week visiting retirement/rest homes, tutoring at an elementary school, and helping with various campus events, including a Cushing's disease fundraiser concert and a blood drive. I am more proud, though, that I try to live my life every day in a way that shows the love I feel for others in the little things I do an say. I also am devoting 18 months of my life to the Lord, my God, by serving him on an LDS mission in the Texas, Fort Worth Mission in the Spanish language, my new second language.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Families are one of the most important things about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Through coming unto Christ and taking steps toward salvation in the Church, I know that my family has eternal potential. I know I will be able to see my mom, my dad, my siblings, and my future family after death, and that that's what God wants for me. Marriage is more than "till death do us part;" I will never have to be alone into the eternities. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Mormons eat, sleep, laugh, and work in the world, just like anyone. However, we are different. I claim that we are the happiest people on earth because we have faith in the truths that we know. Mormons do some things differently, as you probably know. It may seem strange that we do or don't do some things. But we do the things because we know they give us the most happiness possible. We know that as we take steps to follow Christ, He will make all things right, worth it, and more. Show more Show less