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Hi I'm Jami

I teach. I sing, laugh, and photograph. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in beautiful Southern Utah and went to college in Idaho where I graduated with my English Education degree. I moved to Philadelphia with my husband for him to complete his graduate degree and I began my teaching career at a high school. We have moved again for my husband's Ph.D. program--it's a good thing my degree provides location flexibility! I am now working as the Director at a local tutoring center for students in grades K-12. We have been married for five years and I couldn't be happier. I love to be outside, to go on dates with my husband, and to be constantly surrounded with good music and books.

Why I am a Mormon

I love knowing why I am here on earth and where I am going when this life ends. It gives each day purpose, direction, and clarity. Jesus Christ is the center of my life and through Him I find confidence, peace, and kindness. When I pray I know Heavenly Father is listening and I know that I am a child of God. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides me with great happiness and peace. I don't have children yet, but when I do I want them to be raised with the strong values that this church fosters. I want them to know that they are children of God and that He loves them dearly.

How I live my faith

Before I moved, I served with the young women in the church and loved every minute. I taught lessons on Sunday, had an activity night on Tuesdays where we did various service projects, watched movies, played games, and just hung out, and went on summer campouts and other various trips. Wherever I live, I try to be proactive and look out for other people's needs. I am happier when I am making friends and trying to help other people. I don't know where I will work in the church now, but am looking forward to more opportunities.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Jami
Families are essential to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children. Life is extremely sacred and should be defended and upheld. Because of this, abortion is not supported by the church. Some exceptions may be made in cases of rape, incest, or when the health of the mother is in danger. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Jami
The husband and wife are to function as a beautiful team. Some days my husband makes me dinner and washes the dishes after I've had a long day. Other days, I do the same for him. Sometimes I tighten the bolts on the kitchen table while other days he repairs our washer and dryer. Whenever we can, we complete projects together. The realistic nature of life, though, often requires a separation of talents to make things work. The Church states that men and women are both different and both have important talents that should be used to compliment each other. Mothers and fathers should both raise their children in love and righteousness, taking time as a family to have fun. Fathers are primarily responsible for the financial support of the family and mothers the nurturing of children, although there are many cases in which this is impossible. The Church encourages husbands and wives to be close to each other and to the Lord so they may pray for guidance in their unique struggles and use prayer to help them decide what is right for them. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jami
"Cults" have a strong influence of control, which is not the case with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Participation in the church is voluntary and founded on the beliefs of Christ himself: love, service, kindness, selflessness, and choice. Other qualities of "cults" include mind-altering practices, a strong dictatorship, and vehemently discouraging any type of doubt. The Church does not govern by mind-altering strategies at all. In fact, this goes completely against our beliefs. We believe that agency--our God-given right to choose--is a wonderful principle and we decide each day, individually, whether to follow God or not. A dictatorship is the furthest thing from our modern-day prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and his twelve counselors. They council together and pray for guidance to lead the church. They lead by example, by love, and encourage members to confront their concerns and doubts, to take questions to the highest source: God. Listening to even one talk by the prophet would squelch any rumor of "dictatorship." Talks are available online at www.lds.org. Ultimately I think the label of "cult" results from people simply not being informed as to what we believe and how we live. We as memebers are close-knit. We look out for each other and make sure we are healthy, fed, and spiritually nourished. Our beliefs are the same worldwide; there are not differing stances if one lives in Europe, Africa, or Georgia. This sets us apart, like a strong family, which may make other people wrongly view it as a "cult." Show more Show less