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Hi I'm Jaelynn

I'm a currently a full-time missionary serving in the Canada Toronto Mission. I'm from Alberta, Canada. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am 20 years old and have been serving my mission since July 2016. I just love life! And people!! I have several hobbies such as drawing, painting, playing piano, singing, taking photos, playing sports, and enjoying nature... I have SO many things that I love, but when it comes down to it, sharing the gospel is my most favourite thing to do :) As a missionary I have loved being able to use my talents and hobbies to better serve others. One of my favourite things has been just loving people and helping them to find happiness! And I get to do that everyday, 24/7, for 18 months. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up in the church, but that's not to say that I never made my own decision to be a Mormon. Even though I knew all the church doctrine, I had to learn for myself that the church is true. "I knew it, but did I believe it?" - Bonnie L. Oscarson. People at church always talked about how they felt the Holy Ghost bear personal witness to them that all the teachings are true, but I often struggled to feel that way and have a confirmation for myself. I had also never spent a lot of time studying the scriptures like everyone encouraged me to do. I had practiced all the Mormon routines and kept the commandments, but I didn't really think about why I did them. I didn't spend a lot of time pondering, asking questions, or studying. Eventually I had to ask the question, "Is it true or isn't it?" I had to find out for myself. I had the chance to meet our prophet, Thomas S. Monson, at the Calgary temple dedication. My parents and many others said that they felt the Spirit so strongly. I knew I wanted to feel what they did, so I knew I had to make some changes to prepare myself to feel that. I had a desire to believe and I acted on that by studying the Book of Mormon, fasting and praying, and choosing to keep the commandments. It didn't happen all at once, but that little seed of faith grew! I could feel that wonderful warm, comforting and confirming feeling that it is all true. I've had many experiences that have helped me to grow, and my testimony continues to grow. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and if anyone studies it with an open heart, faith, real intent, and asks God if it's true, they too can know what I know. I know that Jesus Christ lives and that if we will love Him by keeping His commandments, following His example, giving up all of our sins, and enduring to the end, we will feel His love. He will forgive us of our shortcomings and we can have His Spirit with us. We can become whole and feel peace. I know He loves everyone and I love Him too!

How I live my faith

I live my faith in all that I do. I try to base all of my decisions on the teachings of Jesus Christ. My faith is not just something I do once a week, but every day and every moment throughout the week. I live my faith every day by starting and ending it with a prayer, as well as having a prayer in my heart all day. I study the scriptures daily. I preach the gospel everyday and always bear testimony of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Before my mission I taught a class of young children. When I was in high school, I was a youth leader for a program called Young Women's. In that calling I had many opportunities to help plan, organize and execute camps, fun activities, and service/volunteer activities. I love being able to use my talents to serve others and bring them happiness! I am not perfect, but I constantly yearn to set a good example of what I believe in through being positive, listening to others, being respectful, helping whenever I can, showing that I care, being honest, virtuous, and upholding high standards. I hope that as I strive to emulate the characteristics of Jesus Christ and keep His commandments, others will notice the happiness that it brings into my life and will want to follow my example. As a missionary I love being completely indulged in the gospel and in sharing it with others. Being a Mormon is not easy, and there are many instances where I have had to sacrifice and stand alone for what I believe in; growing up, and even now as I sacrifice a year and a half of my life to serve the Lord. I have learned to appreciate the sacrifices, because they help me to feel close to the Savior who sacrificed so much for me, and for everyone.