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Hi I'm Jessica

I grew up in a small town in Texas. I love to travel and to learn new things. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

My name is Jessica, but I go by Jess. I'm 22 years old and I've been going to college for a few years, still not completely sure what I want to do when I grow up! I love to Travel and read, because of all the new things I can learn from a different place in real life or on the pages of a book. I love to be active! From Running, playing volleyball, basketball, working in the garden at my house, to winter sports like snowboarding, skiing, sledding, or skating! I love it all. I'm a big history nerd who loves to learn more and more about the people and places that were important throughout time. That's a big reason I love doing family history work. I have an LDS FamilySearch account, but I also have an ancestory.com account too! There is just something amazing about finding a new family member and learning everything I can about their lives and how they were apart of history itself. Family is the most important thing to me. Especially my immediate family. My family is my highest priority because our family is forever. I'll always have them, and I want to always be close to them, so I spend as much of my time as I can with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I was baptized when I was 8 years old. Almost all my life, I've been a part of His church. My parents joined the church when I was 15 months old and they're converts. But I feel that I'm a convert too. I truly believe that whether you grew up in the church or joined later in life, everyone has a conversion story. There was a point in my life where I feel that I could have taken the wrong road, or taken the right road. I'm so thankful for the teachings that I was taught growing up, because even when I didn't know, I could look back on what I needed to do to know for myself. I remember the first time I read the Book of Mormon. I knew it was true. I knew it before I finished the book and Moroni challenged me to pray and ask in faith, but I did because I wanted to know with a surety. I continue to read the Book of Mormon and the lessons it teaches. One lesson that I learned was of the Love my Heavenly Father felt for me. Me! This imperfect being that doesn't know half the things she thinks she does, but I found that Heavenly Father loves me for me, but He loves me for what I can become. He sees my potential and wants me to accomplish all that I have in store for my life. I know that my Savior, Jesus Christ lives. I know He died and was resurrected. I know that He truly is my Savior and my Redeemer in every way. He knows me perfectly and stretches forth His hand to guide me home to my Heavenly Father. He is the way. He is the light and the life of all things that have been, are, and will be. I know with a surety that there is a mouthpiece that They speak through today and that is The Prophet Thomas S. Monson. He leads us and guides us down the path of righteousness where we can have eternal life with our Father in Heaven. I know these things are true and I know that through prayer, the Holy Ghost can testify of these truths to those that ask.

How I live my faith

In my lifetime of 22 years, I've had a few callings in our church organization. Before I turned 12, I would go to Primary for the little kids and we would sing so many different songs. That's where my love of singing came from and I still remember most of the children's songs that I learned there. In my youth group when I turned 12(through the age of 18) I joined the Young Women's. The lessons I learned weren't just in the classroom on Sunday or taught by the teacher on Wednesday Nights. I learned a lot from the girls who were older than me and the friends that I made. Those friendships still mean the world to me and I know that they're strong no matter the places we go or the distance between us. When I went to college, my callings seemed to be harder than I felt in my childhood home branch. I was put as the President of the Relief Society, the women's organization of our church. I was to serve the women in my college branch and considering I left the comfort of everyone I knew for a place where I knew no one, it was daunting. But, I'm so extremely thankful for the wonderful opportunities I had in that calling because I was able to get out of my shell and meet new people who I could serve. At this point in my life, I'm helping wherever I'm needed in my home branch. I visit teach the women in my ward to give them friendship and support while they are raising their kids, but I also help teach the Sunday school class if the teacher needs me to. I love to teach because I feel that I learn just as much, if not more than, the class.