Hi I'm Jami
I met my husband at college. Little did I know when I chose the red tie for our single congregation's organized blind date activity, that I would be going on my first date with the redheaded man I would marry! We have been married for 4 years now and have 2 adorable children together. Our short journey has already been filled with some real hardship as well as some real joy. Through it all we have grown closer to God and each other. I graduated with a degree in German lit. and completed a study abroad in Vienna as part of my education. My husband is now in his 2nd year of med school. I am a stay-at-home mom to our children. I am currently training to become a Hypnobabies instructor. I used the program to have beautiful, comfortable un-medicated births, and I hope to help others achieve the same. I'm a wannabe pioneer homesteader, but am limited in what I can do as we rent our home have HOA rules to follow. Someday my husband and I would love to have our own land, chickens and some large livestock. In the meantime, we keep busy with gardening, sewing, wood-working, and developing other old-timey skills. I enjoy seeing my children learn something new for the first time, blogging, playing piano and french horn, reading, staying informed about politics, cooking, learning about other cultures, and finding creative ways to decorate and manage our household on less. I'm passionate about all my choices - the most rewarding and challenging of all - has been motherhood. I love life!
Why I am a Mormon
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because, quite frankly - it is true! I was raised in a Mormon household, but as I studied more on my own not only did this religion feel right in my heart, but it made sense in my mind as well. Especially the doctrine of our church that teaches that families can be together forever! Would Heaven be worthwhile without our families? I've never thought so. There is illuminated beauty in life and death, and purpose in the human body and family ties in the LDS church that I have yet to find anywhere else. And the atonement and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ is what makes it all possible! A second doctrine that impresses me about the Church of Jesus Christ is the doctrine of continuing revelation. It makes sense to me that the church today is organized in the same way it was throughout the Bible and in Christ's day - with prophets and apostles! We still need a Noah to warn us of the "floods" that are coming, and apostles to bear witness of Christ throughout the world! After I was baptized at the age of 8, I received the gift of the Holy Ghost - the promise that the Spirit member of the Godhead would be there to direct and guide me to truth as I lived a righteous life. I have come to recognize His promptings in my daily life. I know the personal revelation I receive from Him on a daily basis is true, because His instructions to me are to be better, kinder, and more helpful to those around me. The fruits of the gospel in my life have been happiness, peace, and a greater desire to become like my Savior Jesus Christ. The joy my religion brings to my life is the biggest evidence I have of it's truthfulness. I know that anyone who truly abides by it's precepts will find the same joy. But you don't have to take my word for it - and you shouldn't - find out for yourself!
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
About a year after my husband and I were married, we felt it was time for us to start our family. I became pregnant right away and we were thrilled! We could not wait for our new baby to come. But at my 12 week appointment, we discovered with an ultrasound that our little baby had passed away. This was one of the most difficult experience of our lives. It was especially difficult for me, because I had felt such a strong connection to my baby as it was growing inside of me. However, as we went to the temple and prayed for guidance and understanding, we had thoughts and feelings of peace fill our minds and hearts. We believe that when families are sealed in temples, that they can be together forever, and that our baby would not be lost to us. Christ's atonement made it possible for us to be together with our baby again. Even though we encounter struggles in our lives, we know that all will be made right in the end through the grace of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
How I live my faith
My faith is an integral part of every aspect of my life! It influences what I eat, what I wear, what entertainment I participate in, how I treat others, and how I spend my time. My faith encourages me to live an honest and principled life. I currently serve in my congregation as the secretary for the young women's organazation, which oversees the 12-18 year old girls. I also have the responsibility to attend to the spiritual and financial welfare of 3 women in my congregation. I visit with them at least monthly to chat, to discuss a spiritual thought, and to find out if there is any way I can help them. There are two women who do the same for me each month too! This is one important way we bear one anothers' burdens and fulfill the law of Christ. Besides these sacred responsibilities, I see my role as a wife and mother as my highest spiritual calling. As a full-time stay-at-home mom, I work to make my home a clean, warm and inviting shelter from the world for my family. I see the charge of our leaders to get all the education we can as a meaningful way I live my faith as well. I accomplish this through daily scripture study, developing my talents, and motherhood! I pray for charity each day. Some days (and moments!) I accomplish this better than others. But, it is my hope and desire that I can eventually become like my Savior as I strive to be like Him and as I repent for wrongs I do. Each day, I simply try to be a little better than I was yesterday.