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Hi I'm Jamie

Roller coasters make me laugh. Feeling sunshine on my face makes me happy.I LOVE being called mom.I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Change has become a constant companion as we recently moved for the 22nd time in our marriage. I've been married for 18 years to the boy I fell in love with in High School, we have 5 children. Our kids range in age from 9-17, and include 4 boys and 1 princess to round out the group. I love to read, ride my bike, play with my kids, play with growing a garden, and changing the paint on my walls makes me happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was in High School and decided I needed to know if Joseph Smith had seen a vision, if the Book of Mormon was of God, and if, indeed, there was a true and living prophet speaking for God on the Earth today. I felt this desire grow as I attended early morning Seminary, getting up at 5 am to attend before school, wondering why I was doing this to myself. If none of it was true, I really would rather just sleep. Then my teacher issued a challenge to find out for ourselves if this was the Lord's church, he challenged us to ask God for ourselves. I was a little scared, what if I didn't get an answer? I wondered. I resisted asking the question for a while, studying my scriptures, going to seminary, & Sunday Church meetings, and quietly pondering my teacher's challenge. Then, one day I began to read of faith in the Book of Mormon, and how faith precedes knowledge. How we have to have faith and then ask in order to receive an answer. I felt the desire to know so strongly, I turned my scriptures to the story of Joseph Smith's First Vision, when he saw God the Father and Jesus Christ as a young man. And I began to read aloud to myself. My heart trembled, and as I read my eyes began to water so it was hard for me to read. I can see so clearly in my mind everything about that moment, from the clothes I was wearing to the sound of the tree branches scraping the window. I was crying as I went to my knees and asked my Father in Heaven if what I had read was true. I got my answer in the peace that flooded my mind and heart, and I knew God was answering my prayer. An overwhelming feeling of love came over me and I felt literally wrapped in the arms of my Father in Heaven. I knew with the certainty I had sought that indeed, the Book of Mormon was true, Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God, and this was His Church on the Earth today. I'm so thankful for a Father in Heaven who loves me enough to know just what kind of answer I needed, and gave it to me when I sought Him in faith.

How I live my faith

Right now I am serving as a teacher in our women's class on Sundays. A few different women take turns teaching each week, and it's my turn on the 4th Sunday of the month. Instead of a lesson manual I use talks from our Prophet, Apostles, and other Church leaders spoken in our semi-annual General Conference, which are broadcast worldwide, and later available on www.lds.org, and other publications from our Church. The 4th Sunday Lesson has the title "Teachings for Our Times" and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to study and teach the women in my congregation about the words of our present day prophet and other leaders. In Sunday School we study the ancient scriptures, and on the other Sundays in our women's class we study the doctrines of our faith like prayer, our Savior Jesus Christ, Adam and Eve, etc... But on the 4th Sunday we learn of the words our current Prophet is speaking to us from our Heavenly Father. Recently we've studied how to emulate the Savior Jesus Christ in our lives, the importance of being patient and controlling our emotions, the Holy Ghost, and how to show love in our families. The topics are so diverse it's a real challenge, which I enjoy. It means every month as I prepare for my lesson I really need to study my scriptures, read the words of our prophet, and most importantly pray and ask my Father in Heaven to guide and direct me so I will have His Spirit to be with me as I prepare and teach.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Our Prophet today is Thomas S. Monson, a wonderful, service oriented man. He has lived a life devoted to helping those in need, and is an amazing example of kindness, love, and charity. My children love to hear him tell stories, and I love the way he teaches all of us through those stories. I know Thomas S. Monson has been called of God to lead and guide His church on this Earth, he is a wonderful example of following our Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Absolutely! We revere the Holy Bible as the word of God, and as Holy Scripture. We believe in both the Old and New Testaments, and believe the truths found therein to be Holy Scripture from our Father in Heaven. We also believe that through the passage of time and human error some parts of the Bible have been translated incorrectly. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Most missionaries fund their missions through their own savings, and the contributions of their families. They pay for their own food, clothes, lodging, and other living expenses. Members of the church can contribute money to the Church's general missionary fund if they desire. And, sometimes when a member desires to go on a mission, but can't pay for it, and their family is unable or unwilling to help, other members will volunteer to pay for them. My inlaws are doing that now, and they find great joy in helping this young man's dream of serving the Lord as a missionary. The Book of Mormons, Bibles, and other Church produced materials that are given out are provided by the Church, and payed for through member's voluntary contributions. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

I believe we don't have a paid clergy because part of this Earth life is learning to serve both God and our fellow man. It's also a time to learn new talents, and be pushed beyond our comfort zones so we can become more like God and rely more fully on Him. Serving the Lord in many ways accomplishes all of that. I remember when I was asked to serve as the President of our congregation's Primary-our Church's organization for teaching children. I was terrified, that meant I was in charge of almost 100 children, and all the adults who taught them and served with them. I didn't even like to stand up in front of a small crowd, how on Earth was I going to do this? But I agreed to serve, and turned to the Lord in humility and prayer. He strengthened me, and taught me all that I needed to know to take care of the children. As I served, I grew to know and dearly love each of those children, as well as the adults who helped teach them each Sunday. I learned leadership skills, I grew in faith and became closer to my Heavenly Father. I am so thankful we are all able to serve and learn from these opportunities. Show more Show less