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Hi I'm Jess

I'm Jess Jarvis. I grew up in Cedar City, Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 19 years old, and have lived in Utah my whole life. I am the only girl in a family of six children. I graduated high school in 2015 and attended a local University for one year before deciding to go on a mission. I am leaving to serve the Lord for 18 months in Knoxville, Tennessee. I love playing sports, being outdoors, learning, and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love my Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ and I want to be like them. I have been raised by parents who have taught me the gospel from birth. I am very grateful for my parents and for those who taught them the gospel, so that they could pass it on to me. My mom joined the church when she was 17 years old, and my dad has been a member his whole life. I have just recently decided to serve a mission because I would like to share of the joy and peace that the gospel of Jesus Christ has brought into my life. I have a testimony that God is our Father and that he loves us more than we will ever know. He loves us so much that he would send his son, Jesus Christ, to earth to suffer for all of our sins so that we can repent and one day return to Him. I love the comfort that I receive when I remember that whatever I am going through in this life, Jesus knows exactly how I feel because he has experienced it. I am very grateful for the prophet Joseph Smith and the courage that he had to ask of God, then to act on the answers he received. I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today and that he is inspired and called of God. I have come to gain a testimony of these principles throughout my life by the power of the Holy Ghost. The church is true and I am excited to have the opportunity to share it with others!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by reading the scriptures each day, praying to Heavenly Father, and participating in my local ward. My current calling is to create the programs each Sunday so that ward members know the agenda for church and about any activities coming up during the week. I often times also teach the 7 year old primary class. I love teaching the children because they have such simple testimonies of the church and they love Jesus Christ. I try to live my faith each day by being a Christ-like person, and by living the standards of the Church.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Jess
The gift of the Holy Ghost is a wonderful gift that one can receive after they have been baptized. The Holy ghost can comfort us, warn us of danger, and give us direction in life. People can feel the presence or guidance of the Holy Ghost in different ways. A few common ways are peace, warm feelings, and joy. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Jess
This is a great question, which I myself would be confused about if I had not been raised in a church which performed these ordinances. In John 3:5 of the Bible it states that except a man be born of the water and of the spirit he can not enter into the kingdom of God. We believe this doctrine to be true, we need to be baptized and given the gift of the Holy Ghost (the spirit) by the proper authority of God in order to enter into his kingdom. Baptisms for the dead are a way of giving those who did not have the opportunity or did not accept the gospel of Jesus Christ during their time on earth the chance to accept that ordinance in heaven. We believe that those in heaven can choose to either accept or reject this ordinance, they are not forced into anything. Although some in heaven may choose that they do not want to be a part of the church, we feel that all should have the opportunity. Show more Show less