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Hello. My name is Jessamin. I am 26 years old. I grew up in a little town in New Mexico. I came from a good home with parents that taught me good principles. When I was about 13, I attended a Baptist Church with a friend. My parents always supported me in my religious efforts. My parents were raised Catholic so we would attend Mass for Christmas and Easter but we were not regular church goers. After High school I went to France on a foreign exchange program for a year where I experienced a wonderful culture and met amazing people. I attended college at New Mexico State University where I was introduced to the church. I then transferred to BYU. I just graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from BYU. I am married to a wonderful husband and I have a beautiful girl. I have been a member of the Church since September 23, 2006.
I was invited to attend church with a friend. I had never heard of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before and I had not heard of Mormons. It was a different experience than what I had previously been used to. There were a lot of new things that I had never been taught before that I had to pray and ask for myself if they were true. I chose to be baptized because I believe that I received an answer to my prayers and my questions. I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was the word of God. I prayed to know if Joseph Smith was the Lord's prophet called in these latter days. I also prayed to know if the current prophet was the Lord's mouthpiece and if God really did still speak to us through him. The Spirit of God did testify to me of the truthfulness of these things and if these things were true then the decision to be a member of the Church was easy because I knew that it was the Lord's restored church on the earth today and that happiness and infinite blessings were to be found upon living His gospel. I am blessed every day by this decision to be a member of His Church. I can't imagine being a mother and a wife without the guidance that the Church provides me. I hope to someday serve a mission with my husband so that I can share the joy that I have found with others around the world.
While meeting with the missionaries, I was asked if I wanted to be baptized. I decided that I did and I was baptized September 23, 2006. It was a wonderful day. It was held at one of the chapels in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The current members of the church as well as the bishop of the church came to support me and welcome me into their church. My friends and family also attended. I was able to choose who I wanted to speak and pray as well as which songs I wanted sung. A program was made for all who attended. The meeting was opened with a song and a prayer and then there was a talk on baptism given as well as a talk on the Holy Ghost. I was explained that the baptism that was about to be performed for me was to be done in the same manner in which the Savior was baptized Himself. I was to be baptized by one holding the Holy Priesthood so that my baptism would be sealed on this earth and in the next. I wore all white to signify the making of a sacred covenant with my Heavenly Father. The baptismal font was at ground level so that when I was lowered into the water, I was below the ground level signifying death and a rebirth into a new life. I was completely submerged under the water just as the Savior was. I remember feeling an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for the ordinance that had just been performed. The entire meeting was full of the Spirit and all who attended could feel it. The next day was Sunday and I was blessed with the baptism of Fire by receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Again, one who held the Holy Melchizedek Priesthood performed the ordinance by the laying on of hands. I cannot remember a happier time in my life than when I was able to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost with me all the time. I know that baptism is the gate to eternal life and being able to live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ forever. I know that all who have a desire to be baptized will have the opportunity either in this life or in the life to come.
Membership in the Church to me does not mean just attending church on Sunday. Since I understand all that the Savior has done for me I strive show my gratitude for Him by living the gospel everyday. I do this by reading my scriptures, praying both day and night and just trying to develop Godly attributes of Charity, Kindness, Patience, and Faith. My husband and I strive to provide our daughter with a home that can be a haven and a sanctuary from the world. We can keep the spirit in our home by trying to be our best selves, reading and praying together and by spending quality family time with each other. Being active in missionary efforts means a lot to me since I was introduced to the Church and met my husband through missionary efforts. I would not have the life I have today if it were not for someone sharing with me the joy that the gospel brings to them. Serving in the church is also important to me in order to live my faith. I look for opportunities to serve those who are both members of the church and not.