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Hi I'm Jacquie

I do maternal and neonatal mortality work in Uganda. I love performing circus arts. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My greatest passion is maternal and neonatal mortality work in Uganda. Development work is very often ineffective, largely because people do the work without understanding the people they are seeking to help or the conditions in which they live. My approach is different in that I see the people I serve as my constituency. I seek to involve them in every step of the development and implementation of projects. They are my equal. Heavenly Father has blessed me with success as a result of this philosophy. Motherhood is a divine gift, and it is my honor to help protect it. A unique hobby I enjoy is performing circus arts. My specialty is partner acrobatic balancing, and fire dancing with poi.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up hating the LDS Church and chose to attend a very liberal college to escape it. But when I was there, I met a Mormon who challenged my misconceptions about the Church. I chose to join the LDS Church because when I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it, I felt a warm loving peace that I had never known before. I had come from a past of violence, abuse, and addiction; the peace I felt really was the most incredible feeling I had ever known. I knew that the Gospel was true. Since then, I have had the truthfulness of the Gospel confirmed to me through experience over and over again. I have witnessed and been a part of miracles. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true Church of God. I know that the Gospel is restored on the Earth, and I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ truly care about mankind. I know that we receive modern day revelation through a modern day prophet, currently President Thomas S. Monson... And I would love to tell you all about it.

How I live my faith

I follow the Commandments, read my scriptures, attend the Temple, and keep the Word of Wisdom eating foods in moderation, not drinking coffee or black/green teas, not drinking alcohol, using drugs, or smoking tobacco products. I do these things not because I am told to, but because I choose to. Having walked a hard road before joining the LDS Church, I know that the counsel given to us by our Prophets is wise. I love my scriptures, and reading them, because they answer my questions and give me strength. Because I love the Gospel, I also love my calling - teaching young women in my ward ages 13 - 17 about the Gospel and helping them develop a testimony of it. I also seek to show my Heavenly Father's love by helping others, particularly women, and protecting the sanctity of motherhood and the family. I lead a non-profit in Uganda that seeks to help motherhood and childhood remain a protected time of growth and development.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

When Jesus Christ was on the Earth, he was perfect, yet he still chose to be baptized. His baptism showed His obedience to the Commandments of God, and that obedience greatly pleased the Father. In accordance with scripture, we believe that all people (over the age of 8) must be baptized in order to enter the Kingdom of God. Likewise, Jesus was not baptized but a lay person on the street. He was baptized by his cousin John the Baptist, who help the Priesthood, or the authority of God. We believe that this authority was on the Earth, but then taken away during apostasy. Without the Priesthood, any baptisms that were preformed were not done so with God's authority, meaning that such baptisms were useless. The Priesthood was restored to the Earth by Joseph Smith. So what about the people who died during the time when the Priesthood was not on the Earth? Or what about the people who, living in other parts of the world, never heard the Gospel? What about people whose familial rejection of the Gospel led them to reject the Gospel without really understanding it? Our Heavenly Father is a merciful and loving God, and He wants His children to return to live with Him. Accordingly, He has provided a way for ALL of His children to fulfill the commandments, regardless of when, where, and to whom they happened to be born: baptisms for the dead. We perform baptisms for those that have died so that they can choose to accept the Gospel, and having fulfilled the commandment to be baptized, be able to enter Heaven. We perform these baptisms in sacred temples, where we believe the Spirit of the Lord to rest. These baptisms, like the ones performed for live people, are done by men holding the Holy Priesthood. Show more Show less