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Hi I'm Jessica

I married my best friend. I'm a mom of twins. I'm a photographer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In 2004, I met Dave in a religion class at BYU. He asked me out and I said yes, even though he was a stranger. We had so much in common, we loved being around each other. He quickly became my best friend. Still today, he is the person I want to hang out with the most. We got married a little over a year later in the Salt Lake temple. We both graduated from BYU in 2006, my degree was in Child Development. We moved around a lot for schooling and work. We have lived in Indiana, San Francisco, Denver, Utah, and now - Austin, Texas. I taught high school for 3 years and Dave is a teacher and music composer. I found out when I was 18 that I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome which led to a 5 year battle with infertility. During this time, I was humbled. I went from extremely bitter to extremely blessed - sometimes feeling both emotions in the same day. Dave and I were beyond blessed that in vitro fertilization worked for us and we were able to welcome 2 beautiful babies to our family in February of 2011. Being a stay at home mom has been an interesting adjustment for me - especially with 2 babies the exact same age. Busy. Fun. Frustrating. Spiritual. Loving. Hectic. Heavenly Father has helped me along the way and blessed me with a kind, gentle, compassionate husband that is there for us, even when he's exhausted. I am someone who is always searching for a way to be creative. I love photography, cooking, interior design, graphic design, and blogging.

Why I am a Mormon

I would not be the same person I am today without the church. The love that I feel from my Heavenly Father strengthens me, and the teachings of the gospel help me to be more in tune to recognizing that love. The scriptures teach me lessons, give me hope, and testify to me that our Savior died for us. I am in awe that Heavenly Father sent His own Son to die, so that we could be forgiven of our sins and return to live with Him. He loves us that much. It was not an easy thing for Him to do. I love the principles of the gospel, especially that families can be together after we die. If we live a righteous life, we will be with the ones we love for eternity. My family members are my favorite people in the world, so I want them to be there! I am glad that I know there's a master plan for all of us, and that we have a path to follow. We aren't just wandering around, aimless in this world. We have a mission to live righteously, repent when we do wrong, teach others the principles of the gospel, and to be charitable, merciful, and kind. I love that my religion teaches these principles and that the scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, and D&C) teach these things through stories, parables, historical accounts and the words of Christ. God is merciful and kind. God is just and unchanging. He loves us and wants us to be happy. We are given trials so we can be refined not punished. These are things that bring me comfort and keep me strong. I am glad that I have been taught from a young age to trust in God.

How I live my faith

On Sundays, I work with children ages 18 months - 11 years old. We sing songs together about Jesus, faith, love, scripture study, going to the temple, helping others, being kind, baptism, and choosing the right. I teach lessons about the same topics and have the children participate in as many ways as possible. They give examples of times in their lives they have been kind, times when they have felt the love of Christ, and times they have had to rely on faith. Seeing the pure love of Christ that these children have literally brings tears to my eyes! At home, I am raising 2 beautiful babies and teaching them to sing the same songs, be familiar with the scriptures, and to pray. I live my faith by reading scriptures and saying my prayers every day. I try to maintain a Christlike attitude in my daily interactions with people, and when I slip up, I repent. That's the beauty of the gospel! There is a way to be forgiven. Once you repent and are forgiven, you move on, with a true intent not to make the same mistakes. God will forgive. He knows us and He knows the true intentions of our heart. He loves us and wants us to be happy.