Hi I'm Jacqui Gordon-Lawrence
I followed several different career paths - My first career was that of an actress. I worked in many mediums, theatre, television and film. It was hard work but I had a great time. I met lots of interesting people - and created lots of interesting characters. I was in Eastenders, a British soap, for two years. I had some very important decisions to make when i finished working on Eastenders- would I continue working as an actress or would I do something else, now that I was a wife and a mother. I was concerned that if I continued in the acting world there would be times when I would be away from home leaving my husband and a nanny to care for my daughter. The decision was made I would work in a profession that enable me to take care of my child/children. As a mature student I embarked on a Psychology and Counselling degree. During my course of study I became accredited as a police station representative. I have worked in law for 20 years - My next challenge is to become a therapist. I am very excited for the future. I have been blessed with two beautiful girls and a husband who loves and supports us. We enjoy travelling to America and spending time with our extended family. We have very individual personalities and each of us loves life and the opportunities we have had to explore and be a part of this world. We try hard to remain positive in a world that is full of negativity. Our attitude is to look at the glass as being half full instead of half empty.
Why I am a Mormon
I didn't directly come into contact with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, my sister did. She was a Donny Osmond fan! She was the first one to look into the Mormon religion, I just tagged along. My parents did not object to us investigating a new religion. We had been raised as Catholics, we would go to church on Sunday and that seemed to be it. The missionaries attended our home for several weeks to teach us the discussions, eventually we were were baptised. We were part of a small branch, the members were welcoming that was the start of my church life. Joining the church in my teens did not give me the opportunity to experience the excellent youth programme. I would encourage all youth to participate. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, it is a life style not just a Sunday religion. Every aspect of my life is wrapped up in my belief - Being a member has had its challenges - In the 1970s I was constantly asked why I wanted to belong to a religion that believed black people were unequal to white people. I couldn't give a reason why. I read the Bible and I read the Book of Mormon and I believed what was being said. It is for each individual person to find out how they feel about the church. It is not for me to hoist my beliefs on others. I try to live my life according to my beliefs - One day I received a phone call from a friend, she had been watching television which was showing a biography on Gladys Knight. She called me because she remembered that I was a Mormon and wanted to make contact with the church. I am so grateful that she felt comfortable enough to call me and that I was able to give her the information she needed to make contact with the missionaries. Goodness, it makes me think, how many people are watching me, am I being judged? I challenge all who read this to take the opportunity to find out, for yourself, about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
Harmony in the home is important, my husband and I as we do not share the same religious beliefs. However, we share a love of the bible which is the foundation of both our beliefs. We have a mutual respect for the others choice of worship - But hold strong convictions for our individual religious beliefs.
How I live my faith
I love people, especially the youth of today. They are challenging, inquisitive and not afraid to question adults if they disagree with what is being said. I love the youth because they help to make me a better person, they make me think about the things i say, contemplate and do. I have a calling in the church to work with young people. I am currently working with the young women's programme (youth group). It is wonderful watching young girls develop into young women. How delightful to listen and be involved in their conversations as they discuss and talk about the changes in their physical, social and spiritual lives. The youth programme frequently involve themselves in community service projects; they have tended gardens of the elderly, cleaned houses, picked up rubbish in the local community, babysat, made biscuits and helped in anyway deamed appropriate. It doesn't always go well, there are many times when they don't want to be involved, but with a certain amount of gentle persuassion, they participate and the personal satisfaction expressed at the end of the project is heartwarming. Many of the young people I meet in the police station often project an image of being confident, confrontational and street wise. When on a one and one with me, I realise that many of the youth need more than legal advice, they need to be loved. Many youth compliment me indiredtly by requesting to be part of my family. I explain that I am strict and that I have guidelines that I try to live my life by... Many youth back track in their request to join my family - others express the desire to be in my life. they need to be loved, unconditionally. I love my life, things are not easy, I face many challenges, but that is all 'part and parcel' of making me a better person. I try to treat others the way that I would like to be treated. I look for the positive in everyone that I meet and in many of the situations I encounter.