Hi I'm Jamie
I grew up in Arizona, I live in Montana. I'm a mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and writer. And I'm a Mormon.
I live in a beautiful place, so I love discovering it with my family through camping, biking, or and long walks. I really enjoy being a mother--for me it gets more fun each passing year. I traveled a lot in college and later with my husband, but we stick to home-- the western U.S. --mostly now. I served as a missionary in North Carolina back in 1992-1994 and I am still in love with the land, the culture, and the warm, wonderful people I met there. I attended college in Utah and in Arizona. I graduated with a BA in English and History and I still love reading and writing non-fiction. I am enjoying watching my children learn to read and pursue their own interests and look forward to knowing the grown ups they'll be. I also look forward to serving more missions with my husband because serving others and testifying of Christ are two of our favorite things.
I was fortunate to have been born to parents who had been raised as Latter-Day Saints. I have a rich heritage of faithful Latter-Day Saint pioneer ancestors as well as ancestors of other religions who lived lives of faith and service. But that isn't why I am a Mormon. As I grew up, I always knew God and Jesus Christ were real. I can't remember a time when I didn't feel their love and sense that my life had a purpose. Of course this faith was challenged, but it continued to grow. I have learned through experience that we are blessed when we obey God's commandments and we suffer when we don't. And this is not because he punishes us but because he knows the natural consequences of our actions and wants to protect us from harm and pain. I know he's not just God Almighty and My Heavenly Father--he's a Dad in every sense of the word. He wants me to have joy and comfort and peace and make the most of my life. I feel closest to him when I am learning and living the gospel. I have studied world religions and I find beauty and truth and symbolism in all of them. I love meeting devout people of any faith because I feel we have something in common--perhaps it's simply the desire to connect to The Divine. I choose to be a Mormon because it is the most demanding, most complete philosphy I have encountered. It is the best way for me to follow the Savior's injunction to follow him, to become like him, and to eventually become like Our Father--"be ye therefore perfect." I am thankful for the structure the church provides for our marriage and family life. I have so much love and support in raising my children and teaching them the gospel of Christ. I am grateful to know that God still speaks to us through living prophets who light our way home to him. I am also thankful for the simultaneous individuality and community I experience living my faith. Each passing year as I study and grow, the truth & beauty of the gospel unfolds itself to me and I love it! Eternal Progress!
I mentioned before that I am a Mormon because it's demanding. It provides me a structure in which to practice living like Jesus. Of course we got to church on Sunday to learn, fellowship, and to partake of sacrament- I love that. Our opportunities to serve eachother in the church are called "callings" and the calling I have had the longest is being a Visiting Teacher. Another woman (my companion) and I are assigned to get to know three or four other women in our congregation. We visit with them on a regular basis and try to serve them any way we can. When assignments change, relationships remain and grow. This is my favorite way to practice trying to be like Jesus. I have done lots of other things to help my congregation, but to me I live my faith in moment-to-moment choices. By trying to be mindful and prayerful constantly, to see God's hand in my life and the lives of my family, by seeking his will and trying to be his hands and heart to the people around me. Right now so much of my life is in the four walls of my home, but even here I have so many chances to choose to be kind and patient and see people as God sees them. And I try to instill that same feeling and desire in my family so that as we do grow and leave home, we take the Spirit and the love of God with us. Praying, loving, serving...that's how I live my faith.