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Hi I'm Jacalyn

I grew up in VA. I'm a writer, a homeschooler, and a photographer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Greetings to all! I'm a Jacalyn-of-all-trades, master of none! I enjoy photography, writing, reading, homeschooling my kids, pop culture, and sewing. Among many other things Just to give you an insight into my little life, I don't sew to be old school or frugal or to create pretty doodads for my house. I happen to like making strange clothes that meet my own personal style. I'm the person you see walking into the photo lab in a Victorian evening gown in May. True story! My current project is a 50's Vintage Vogue sundress. Just to be anachronistic, my DSLR is always fairly close to my person if not in front of my face. The last book I read was Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder and is a fantasy novel involving glass making and magic!

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? My parents told me I was "following the crowd", but really I spent a great deal of my time struggling with my own faith and when I found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, it was like a great big light turned on. There were several things I always felt that a church should have, and it was all found right here in Mormon-dom. I began going to church when I was in high school and it started off with just going to mid-week activities. Before I knew it, I wanted to learn more and so I attended Sunday meetings and met with the missionaries. Sometimes you just know when things are right, and that's how it worked for me. I just knew in my heart and my mind this was the place for me and what God wanted in my life. I faced a lot of opposition in my family, but I weathered the storm and after I turned 18 I entered the waters of baptism and have never once regretted my decision. It was hard sometimes, but the trials I went through to get there truly cemented in my mind that I was doing the right thing for me and that I truly wanted it. Reading The Book of Mormon has changed my life for the better. Read alongside the Holy Bible my love and knowledge of Jesus Christ has grown by leaps and bounds. I am so grateful for the Church, the leaders, and the Scriptures and the impact they have on my life daily.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith by serving when asked, being open to people asking about my faith, and trying to grow my spiritual self. At church, I take photographs of our various activities. I also photograph young men preparing to leave to serve a mission for the church and display it on a bulletin board in our building's foyer. I also use my background as a dancer to work in the music ministry by finding special musical numbers for our Sunday services as well as choosing and leading music in our women's meeting. In the past I have assisted in the programs for the teenage girls, supporting the congregation's boy scout troop, planning and carrying out activities, serving in the leadership of the women's ministry, and taught Sunday school.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

As a Mormon woman, I feel I'm just like any of my fellow women. I'm a wife and a mom like so many out there. My day is filled with running errands, helping my children with schoolwork, housework, and things of that nature. Mormons do believe in the equality of men and women. Husbands and wives are encouraged to share the household responsibilities and decisions. At Church, women hold leadership positions, teach, and even speak in our Sunday services. We have a worldwide organization for our women to bring us together and serve those in our communities and outside of our communities. I love being a woman, and I love being a Mormon! Show more Show less