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Hi I'm Jamie

I'm a Mormon, a wife, mother, homemaker, preserver of memories, and teacher.

About Me

One of my greatest aims in life is to create lasting memories and then preserve them so they can be remembered again and again by me and my posterity. Because of this desire, all of my hobbies and interests revolve around this purpose. I love to take photographs and edit them into priceless treasures. I love making movies of my children. I love to blog because it is a way for me to preserve the history of me and my family. I love to create...anything that inspires, edifies, or uplifts another. (Music composition, poetry, handmade gifts, homemade meals, letters, fun date nights for my husband and me to enjoy, quilts, and crafts). I am also dedicated to turning our little house into a home by a maintaining a clean environment, decorating with elegant simplicity, and only allowing good, praiseworthy, virtuous influences into our home. I strive to make our home a refuge for my family. I graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education and while I am not currently teaching, I use the knowledge I acquired daily with my small children at home.

Why I am a Mormon

The roots of my testimony began when I was very little. From my mother and father, I learned principles such as faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, following the living prophet, and following the example of Jesus Christ. As I grew older, my knowledge and understanding of the gospel grew as well, leading me to prayer and scripture study to know for myself if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was indeed the true church on the earth. I can testify that the Spirit witnessed to my heart the truthfulness of this gospel and the reality of Jesus Christ. I know that we are children of God. He is our Father and He cares about us deeply. He is aware of our lives, our struggles, and our victories. He is always there for us—to listen to our prayers and answer them. He has always answered my prayers in the way that was best for me. Though the answer has not always been what I wanted, it has always been what I needed—to help me grow and become a stronger person. He is the author of the plan of salvation. This plan is for His spirit sons and daughters to be born to this earth with a physical body and receive the necessary ordinances to enable them to return to Him. This earth life is also a testing ground, proving whether we are willing to do all things that the Lord asks of us. When we make mistakes, I know we can repent and change through the glorious gift of the Atonement that was wrought by our Savior. When we die, our spirit and body are separated. However, because of the victory of Christ over death, we will one day be resurrected, which means our bodies and spirits will be reunited, never again to be separated. We will be brought before our Father in Heaven to be judged of our works. If they have been works of righteousness, if we have repented of our wrongdoings, and if we have received the necessary ordinances, the Savior’s grace will intervene and allow us to be saved and return to live with God and our families forever. I have a testimony of the restoration of this gospel. I know that Joseph Smith saw the Father and the Son. I know that he received the Melchizedek priesthood from the hands of Peter, James, and John. I know that he translated the Book of Mormon through the power of God. And I know that he restored Jesus Christ’s church upon the earth. I know that we have a living prophet today. President Thomas S. Monson is the Lord’s mouthpiece, revealing to us what the Lord would have us know. I know we have a Savior—who is Jesus Christ. He was the firstborn of the Father and the only begotten Son in the flesh. He lived a sinless life and gave us a perfect example to follow. He went about doing good—healing, teaching, and blessing. He instituted the ordinance of the sacrament that we might remember his sacrifice and death. I know that in the garden of Gethsemane and upon the cross, Christ performed the infinite atonement to pay for our sins, to suffer for our sorrow, and to feel our pain. It is because of this atonement that we can be forgiven, comforted, and healed. Upon the cross of Calvary He was crucified, but on the third day He rose from the grave and was resurrected to overcome death. Because of His great sacrifice for us, we can be cleansed through the Atonement and rise again from the grave because of the resurrection. I know that He loves us. I know that He feels our pain, our tears, and our joys. He is always there for us to give us peace and warmth if we but have faith in Him. He will never abandon us because His love is infinite and never-ending. I know that He loves us collectively, but also individually. I love Him with all of my heart. He is my best and truest friend.

How I live my faith

I love having the privilege of serving in my church. Service brings so many blessings to those being served, but also to the one doing the serving. This has been my experience. I am currently the chorister for the children. I love preparing the songs and activities for the children, and I think they enjoy it too. My favorite part about this calling is teaching the children about the Savior through music. It is awe-inspiring to see their little testimonies grow as they learn and sing the reverent and beautiful songs of our Lord, Jesus Christ. In addition to being the chorister, I also serve as the ward choir piano accompanist. I love this calling as well. I have played the piano since I was a very young girl and this calling gives me the opportunity to use my talents to bless others through music. Music is such an integral part to the gospel. Reverent music invites the spirit of the Lord to touch our hearts in a way that words sometimes fail to do. I also serve as a visiting teacher. I visit several women in my ward every month to teach them a short lesson about the gospel, and grow in friendship. This is something I enjoy doing wholeheartedly. It gives me the chance to meet ladies with whom I may never have had the opportunity to associate. I have made dear friends because of this calling, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity as well.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

The way to gain an answer as to the validity of Mormonism is to read the Book of Mormon. Begin by reading Moroni 10:4-5. These verses speak of asking God if these things are true. I would also recommend reading the account of the Savior's visit to the Nephites (found in 3 Nephi 11-30). And then read the book from cover to cover starting with the Introduction. I give my witness that if you will read the Book of Mormon and pray to know of its truthfulness, the Holy Ghost will bear witness to your heart. Heavenly Father will answer your prayers. Show more Show less