Hi I'm Jackie
I am the mother of 4 boys. I am originally from Pennsylvania, and have lived in Utah for almost 10 years. Before I was married I worked for Hospice as a nurse. I like just hanging out with my friends, or my sons. I am one of two members in my family.
Why I am a Mormon
I joined the Church when I was 24 years old. I had never been religious before that. In fact, we were taught growing up that there was no God, and no life after this one. I never believed that. I remember as a teenager being really confused about the values I should have. If there is no God, why does it matter if we are good or bad? Why does anything really matter if there is no life after this one? Why do some Churches focus on certain points of doctrine, and not others? I had been to visit other Churches when invited, but until I met a friend of mine named Petra, I never really took organized religion very seriously. I had always admired people that believed in something, and lived that way. I met a girl, Petra, who was LDS. She was different. She and her family treated my family like their own. Eventually, I wanted to know what made them the way they were. She was different from anyone I had ever known. I accepted her invitation to meet with the missionaries. As soon as I heard about Joseph Smiths vision, I knew it was true. Immediately. I related to him because he seemed to have the same confusion I had. There has to be one true church, so which was it? Since the first discussion I had with the missionaries, I have not questioned which church it is. I have never forgotten how lucky I am to have recognized the true Church.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
I can remember as a child, feeling alone, and like there wasn't a soul in the world who cared about me. At times, it was hard for me to even envision having a future at all. As a teenager I made some pretty poor choices, and I brought some of this on myself. There were times when I just had this feeling come to me, telling me to hang in there, that the best was yet to come. I can look back at the most trying times in my life and see how the Lord had always protected me, and was always very aware of me. It's still hard for me to believe sometimes how good life is now. I can't think of much I did before I joined the Church that really mattered.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
I've never really thought I was a very talented person. I have learned though, that if you just have a desire to learn something, that you can. Going on a mission, I learned how to budget, how to speak diplomatically with people I may have a disagreement with, and how to manage time wisely. This comes in pretty handy with 4 kids. As a mom, I understand how to help other moms. I make dinner for people who may be sick, or too busy on a particular day. I've learned that if I keep thinking about someone, and I'm not sure why, that maybe they need to be checked on. Sometimes, I'll take that person a treat, and I am able to find out about something they need help with.
How I live my faith
A year after I joined the Church, I went on a mission to Independence Missouri. I knew the Lord wanted me to do this. I felt it was the least I could do, after so much had been given to me. The most important thing I can do now is teach my sons the gospel. My husband and I do our best to provide a good home, and example to them. My husband has always taught our sons to serve others whenever asked to.