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Hi I'm Jessica Daniels

I'm from Grand Rapids, Michigan. I've been called to serve in the Utah Salt Lake City South mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the third of six children. I love playing tennis, golf, and soccer, and love to dance (but not like ballet or anything- just dancing for fun). Dogs are my favorite thing in this whole world. I am one of the biggest Ohio State football fans you may ever meet, but I also love watching college football in general. I also attended Brigham Young University for one year before preparing to serve a mission. Go Cougs!

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born of goodly parents and a loving family that has many generations of Latter-Day-Saint history. I grew up going to three hours of church every Sunday, mutual activities at least once a week, and early-morning seminary almost every day of freshman through senior year of high school. I admit that I've always kind of just gone through the motions of being an obedient member of this church; however, I have had multiple experiences in my life touch me so profoundly that I would be in a much worse state of being if it weren't for this Church and the everlasting Atonement of my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. First of all, my baptism day. I remember it like it was yesterday: it was the same day as my actual birthday, the font water was warm, and we ate birthday cake as a refreshment afterwards. However the most important part I remember was the incredible feeling of love and comfort from the Holy Ghost, when I received my confirmation, and from my Heavenly Father. I knew that He was so proud of me and that He loved me very much. I have felt that very same feeling multiple times since then: the first time I went to the temple to baptize for the dead, almost every time I've gone back to the temple for other ordinances, when I was in a car accident, when I started college, when I decided to serve a mission, when two of my siblings got married, and much more. It is a feeling like no other- a feeling I could never deny. I love my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ with my whole heart and am forever indebted to them for this precious gift of mortal life and for the eternal sacrifice for my sins and afflictions that has enabled me to be able to return back home to them and live with them and my family forever. How can I deny the greatest act of love and humility and care? I cannot. For this reason I will serve my Lord and King forever; for I want to show them, the very best that I can, my love and gratitude in return.

How I live my faith

I have been in many different leadership positions throughout Young Women's (Sunday School for girls ages 12-18) and have loved growing up in my community. There is always something to do, whether it's volunteering at local food shelters, service projects, or ward activities. I currently serve in my ward as a Sunbeam teacher (Sunday School for kids ages 3-4) and love all the energy that is thrown at me every week. Growing up in an environment that is somewhat anti-Mormon and just has a very low Mormon population has been hard, but I am so thankful for it. Without that pressure to stand up for what I believe in, I probably wouldn't be as strong as I am in the Gospel as I am today. It has made me more conscious of my actions as I have realized how much I stand out at school and in general. However, people recognize the light that my family has, and ask about what makes us different all the time. I have had numerous opportunities to share my beliefs at school and at work, and it has truly blessed my life in preparing me for a mission and to be a strong example to my friends and even other members.