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Hi I'm Jessica! :)

I'm pretty much your average girl with big dreams, a good family, and too many blessings to count. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Art is, and always has been, a large part of my life. Basically every single thing that I love to do is connected in some way to the arts. I never really learned to do much with a musical instrument other than my voice, but growing up in my family meant that we listened to and sang music almost constantly, to the point that quite a few people who spend much time with us often agree that being with us is like living in a musical. Through high school, I loved being in theater. I spent quite a bit of my time performing plays with the drama department and singing in concerts with choir. I loved acting so much that I even created a small theater group for the children in my local town the summer after I graduated. For three summers I would take time teaching them about acting and then writing and directing a play for them to perform before school began again. When I chose what to study at college, my love of art shifted to lead me to pursue a degree in animation and then illustration. While I'm still far from graduating, I don't think I'll be shifting to a science or math degree any time soon. And when I wasn't creating sketches or paintings for class, I love writing amateur novels with friends. Currently, I've put my educational pursuits on hold in order to serve a full-time mission for the church. So my activities have shifted to proclaiming the good news of Christ's restored gospel through word and, of course, art and song. It's a good life! :)

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy. And when I say happy, I don't mean that I get a cheap thrill from it every now and again. I mean that I have an abiding, peaceful happiness that doesn't go away. My life isn't always perfect, and I still have stressful and sad times, but with my faith, I feel like they aren't as bad as they could be. I grew up in the Mormon church so some could accuse me of just being comfortable because I've never tried anything else. But such is far from true. I'm not the kind of person to blindly follow anything. Ask any of my friends and they'll tell you. I've done my homework over the years. No, I don't know every little detail about this church or other religions, but I have gone to other church meetings with friends, learned about other religions, and discussed with other people and with my Heavenly Father if this is the right place for me to be. And while I've found other faiths incredibly fascinating, there is a certain spirit that accompanies this church which I've never been able to feel anywhere else. When I take quiet moments to sincerely ask, ponder, or pray, I feel a warmth inside that I never want to lose. This spirit is what tells me that this church is true. When I follow the words of the prophets both from latter-days and the Bible and Book of Mormon, I find peace and comfort. And peace isn't something that's very easy to find in today's world, where there is so much contention and strife everywhere you look. And I know that if I'm doing my best to use Christ's atonement and follow his commandments, then I'll not only have that happiness and peace in this life, but I'll have it in the next life too.

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? Well...I strive to do my best to follow Christ and His example. I study the scriptures, pray, and try to constantly seek to follow God's plan for me. Currently that means that I am serving a full time mission for the church and I couldn't be more happy to do what I know God wants me to. His path for us is not often easy in this life, but it is definitely worth it! I'm definitely not perfect, but I try to follow His guidance and obey the commandments, especially the two great commandments which Jesus Himself said are to love God and love my neighbor as myself. This world is filled with too much hate, sorrow, and negativity. I try and combat this by staying optimistic and spreading God's love wherever I go by giving a little smile here, a small act of service there, and not being afraid to be a little ridiculous to help people get a good laugh and lighten their mood a little. :)