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Hi I'm Jamie

I am a mother. a perpetual teacher. a perpetual learner. a cheerleader of the best dental student (biased:). I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the rural midwest. I LOVE it there! My parents raised me to truly believe I could be and do anything. Because of that, I LOVE learning new things and stretching myself to do more and be more (trying to keep that in check:) I am a mother of two little munchkins that I am TOTALLY enamored with! I laugh all day long because of them. They TRULY are the best job I've ever had, or could ever imagine. Before munchkins, I graduated with a BS in Child Psychology and Criminal Justice. It feels like so long since that day, but I know all of those experiences have led me to where I am now. I taught pre-K/kindergarten at a private school after college and use that EVERYDAY:) Our family loves being outside and being together. I am an avid runner. I love biking, hiking, being active. People make fun of us for all the "exploring" we do. I like to think we are introducing our kiddos and ourselves to all the culture and interesting things about our world we can. Sometimes that backfires, but we always have fun laughing about it later! Yep, that's us... always doing something crazy, different, and on a budget:)

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a half Catholic/half LDS family. As such, we were given the opportunity to attend both churches and really study for ourselves and find out for ourselves what WE believed. I will never forget that. I have great respect for ALL people. We are all Heavenly Father's children. We are not all in the same place in life, but we are ALL LOVED more than we will ever know. I CHOSE to be Mormon at age 10 (and many times thereafter) because it FELT different. I came to know a very personal Father in Heaven who KNOWS me better than I know myself. Later, I found that He not only knows and loves me, but loved me (and all of us) so much that He sent His Son. Jesus Christ came to earth a perfect man to show us the ultimate example and give His life for us. He has made it possible for all of us to return to live with our families with our Father. I LOVE that! It is so simple, and yet so profound. I found this out for myself by praying and studying and asking. That is the beauty of it all! We can all know for ourselves. We don't need to walk blindly or following others, we can know. This knowledge has changed the course of my life many times. When I truly apply the Gospel to my life, I know my priorities, I can seek direction for where the Lord wants me, and I can rest assured knowing that He will help me and guide me through whatever happens. I know life is not easy. It was never intended to be, but I know when I am trying my best, I can leave the rest up to the Lord and He will never leave me alone. It was a tough choice to make growing up; choosing one religion over the other. Disappointing one parent and blazing my own way in a teenage world with little influence from my religion in the community. BUT, when you feel what I've felt and know what I know, there is no more room for doubt. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Faith, to me, is lived every day in every second. I'm not perfect at it. BUT, I am trying to raise my little family and the best way to teach them and strengthen them is to lead by example. I live my faith by trying to study the scriptures and helping our family to do so too. I live my faith by trying to see others as Heavenly Father sees them, as his children. I live my faith by praying for guidance and for others. I live my faith by trying to do better and be better; by falling down and trying again. and again. and again! I am lucky enough to teach the teenage girls in our church. I love it! The girls are at such a pivotal point in life. The choices they make in the next few years can have a huge impact on the rest of their lives and I get to watch it take place. This brings a great sense of responsibility to not only make sure the girls are having fun, learning and growing, but understanding the great import of their young lives and the choices they make. I love being a small influence to help their parents guide them and empower them with testimonies and experiences of their own.