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Hi I'm Jasmine Newell

I was raised in the US and create costumes. I have been assigned to the Rancho Cucamonga, California mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I moved around quite frequently when I was younger and have attended many different schools. I love animals and usually care for about four at any given time. (Currently I own two cats, a crested gecko, and a Russian tortoise). I come from a long line of seamstresses and have taken up the trade. I freelance, creating monster costumes for movies or personal use. Currently I have no solid direction for my future. I will be serving a mission and intend to get an education afterward. I still debate whether I want to pursue digital animation, biology, or further experience in costuming. I suffer from some emotional illnesses and come from a peer group where they are especially prevalent. Combating these terrible conditions have taught my family and myself quite a lot. I hope that awareness will continue to increase so that we may all share better understanding of our brothers and sisters. For those who may be struggling, I can only say to continue fighting. It is hard. It does feel pointless at times. But please, continue fighting.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, though throughout high school my faith was rigorously challenged. Genuine pondering and studying out answers to my tougher questions have always in time led me back to the peace that the gospel offers me. Without the church, there is a decent chance that I would not have survived the worst of my mental turmoil. When I felt completely abandoned and lost- by everyone and everything- I always had somewhere to turn to. And whenever I did turn there, I was never scorned or scolded. People were patient with me. They did not try to fix me, they strove only to love me. But most importantly, I always had the Holy Ghost and our Savior watching over me. At times I will admit, it didn't feel that way. When you are suffering it is easy to feel like the Lord has abandoned you. But looking back, I know that they were always there. I would like to bear my testimony that the Lord really does listen to our prayers. He hears each of us personally. And although his answers may come slowly, or quietly, or in ways that we do not always want, they always come. I know that these answers often come in the form of someone else's kindness or service. This I say in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

Currently, I teach a youth class every Sunday. Being one of the younger teachers in my church, this experience has taught me a lot. Often times I feel I learn just as much if not more from the lessons than my students do. They are such a bright, loving group, and my co-teacher is just incredible. I feel very privileged to have this opportunity, and it warms my heart to see the youth caring for each other the way they do. I also visit teach one of the young women in our ward. She has just returned from a mission herself, and her kindness has also been a large influence on me. Soon enough, I will be heading out to serve a mission in California. I have worked very hard in preparation for this call, and I cannot express enough gratitude that the opportunity has finally come. I also participate daily by continually praying and studying scripture. I try to keep the spirit in our home by promoting peace, clean media, and healthy conflict resolution. I enjoy entering the temple twice a week and love the peace I am allowed to feel there. I hope that I may effectively be able to share these experiences with others.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jasmine Newell
Women do not hold the priesthood because their authority in this life lies elsewhere. Being a woman in the church, I am not below my brothers or father because I do not carry priesthood keys. I do not suffer a withholding of blessings, either. When someone receives a baptism, or blessing, or endowment, or any other number of ordinances or covenants, it is the recipient and not the priesthood holder that gets to enjoy those blessings. It is being obedient and faithful that grants me these opportunities, not my gender. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Jasmine Newell
The LDS faith does not condone same-sex marriage, because we hold sacred the pattern of family that the Lord has provided for us. That being said, members of the LGBTQA+ community are still our spirit siblings. They deserve the respect and love that we show to everyone else. Those who scorn, abuse, discriminate against, or actively display hate toward said siblings are not acting with the spirit of God, but upon their own philosophies or ideals. It is indeed a very lonely and difficult implication we make, not to act upon these attractions. It is especially easy for myself as a heterosexual to imply in the first place. I do not take light the sacrifice and indescribable trial that this will incur on those who choose to take this path, but I promise you that the Lord will accept you with open arms. Show more Show less