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Hi I'm Jessica

I grew up in Chicago. I like to run and eat cookies, but not at the same time. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a graduate student working towards getting my Master's degree in statistics. Numbers make me happy. I also love running, playing badminton, being outside, and listening to music.

Why I am a Mormon

For a long time, I didn't really understand why I followed the principles of the Church. I was born and raised as a member, so it was something that I had learned to do from day one - but one day, it really began to bother me that my belief in the gospel was not distinctly my own. Consequently, I prayed and continued to do things that would draw me closer to Christ. Day by day, I came to realize that I know that the Church is true. The knowledge of a true and living God and the opportunity to live with Him again has brought me an inconceivable number of blessings. We don't necessarily receive the answers to our questions immediately or in the form of visions. However, if we do the things that will bring us near our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, they will bless us with peace and joy. I'm a Mormon because I know that as I follow my Savior, I will see His love for me in my life each day.

How I live my faith

I have come to learn that the best way I can live my faith is by letting others feel the love Christ has for them through me. From simple things like making people laugh to bigger stuff like service projects, I learn that I am happiest (and that my testimony of the gospel grows most) when I spend time finding ways to help those around me.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

I once heard grace defined as "the enabling power of the Atonement". Throughout this life, we strive to come closer to our Heavenly Father through our actions. However, no one is perfect - therefore, no one can get back into the presence of God alone. Rather, our imperfect state requires a Savior, even Jesus Christ, to bring us to eternal life. The Atonement of Jesus Christ involved One, being perfect, suffering for the sins of the imperfect, that justice might be satisfied. He came to save the world from sin, and we can partake of this wonderful blessing if we forsake our sins and become like Him. The Atonement enables us to cast aside our imperfections and draw closer to God. Show more Show less