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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a college freshman, outdoor enthusiast, musician, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a student at Weber State University, but I'll be taking time off after this semester to serve as a full-time missionary. I hope to be a radiologist one day, so most of my time is spent studying. When I do have spare time, I like to ride and race motorcycles and ATVs with my family. I also love to play the violin and piano.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an LDS home with loving parents, and I was baptized when I was 8 years old. However, life happens and I became inactive when I was about 12 years old. I always had a belief in God, but certain experiences convinced me that I didn't need to attend church. I struggled through high school, and it wasn't until my family moved to a new state when I was 18 that I realized what I had been missing all those years. A young man reached out to me a few weeks after we moved in, and he shared his testimony with me through his kind actions and love for others. I soon found out that he was preparing to serve a mission, and seeing the light of Christ in his eyes made me want to come unto Him again. I started attending church again, and I'm so grateful to have the gospel in my life each day. I know now that we're never alone and Christ knows exactly what we're going through, especially when we're struggling.

How I live my faith

I'm definitely not perfect, but I strive to become better each day. I try to read my scriptures and pray daily. Service is so important to me, and I try to reach out to those in need around me every day. This includes visiting with other girls living near my college campus, as well as helping to teach a few people that have recently been baptized into the LDS church.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jessica
No, Mormons are not required to serve a full-time mission. Young men are encouraged to serve whenever possible, but it's always up to them to decide if a mission is the right thing for them. Young women aren't expected to serve a mission, but they are allowed to serve if they receive personal revelation that it's part of Heavenly Father's plan for them. Although a mission isn't required, the church encourages every member to be a "member missionary" and share their beliefs with those around them. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Jessica
Being a Mormon is pretty much like being like everyone else. We have families, careers, and interests just like everyone else. However, we do have beliefs and standards that may be different than other religions. On Sundays we attend church meetings where we learn about Christ and what we can do to become like Him. We believe that Sundays are sacred and should be kept holy, so we try to avoid spending money and participating in activities that would take our thoughts away from Him. During the week most Mormons go to work or school, as well as other extracurricular activities. We like to have fun just like everyone else, but we try to follow the rules and commandments God has given us while doing it. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jessica
I'll be leaving on my mission soon, and most of my mission expenses will be paid with money I saved up while working throughout high school. Missionaries and their families are encouraged to contribute as much as they can, but sometimes that's not quite enough to cover everything. That's when funds donated to their home ward by other members of the ward may be used to allow them to go out and serve. Show more Show less