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Hi I'm Jaclyn

I am a wife, mother, author, and advocate for special needs children

About Me

I am the mother of 5 beautiful children. I love spending time with them and know that there is no place in this world I would rather be than sitting at the kitchen table with my children helping with homework, playing games, or enjoying a snack. I enjoy health and exercise and have a degree in Health. I try to use this knowledge to show my children the benefits of living a life full of hard work and even harder play! I enjoy writing and keep my pencil sharp for whenever inspiration hits me. I am a published author of children's books geared to helping children understand the importance of forming and maintaining healthy habits. After learning our youngest daughter has Autism Spectrum Disorder my husband and I founded the Uplifting Through Grace non-profit organization to assist in the education of special needs children in our area.

Why I am a Mormon

The most important thing in my life is my family. I met my husband when we were both in high school. The Mormon faith encourages couples to marry in a temple where families are sealed together for time and all eternity. Knowing we are married for all eternity gives me a feeling of peace and contentment. This bond also extends to our children. I am grateful that through temple ordinances this blessing spans throughout several generations. In my youth I spent every summer with my grandparents. I have a close relationship with my grandmother and I am thankful to know that death can only separate for a short time. It is comforting to know that I am sealed for all eternity to great-grandparents I never had the pleasure to meet. I am thankful that my children share that same privilege; that someday they too will get to meet family members they were not able to meet while on earth. I am also grateful for the guidance and loving support being a member of the church offers me. No matter where I am I know that I can reach out to members of my faith for friendship and help. When our youngest child was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder members of my ward didn't offer condolences, because there is nothing to be sorry for, she is a daughter of God and He loves and accepts her just the way she is. What they offered instead was love and a plethora of information! I can't tell you how many times I heard "you should call ... I can give you their number." or "...has a child with autism I'm sure she could give you advice." I didn't always know the people I was referred to, but when I contacted them they each offered the help and friendship I was in need of. Being part of this community of God loving individuals has helped my family navigate through this world of twist and turns and for that I am forever grateful.

How I live my faith

I am imperfect. I find it best to get this little tid bit out in the open because everyone I meet will discover this rather quickly. I try my best, but don't always say or do the right thing. At times I am quick to anger, and have been known to be judgmental. So how do these things help me live my faith? Knowledge is power, and knowing my faults helps me to overcome them. Through scripture study, prayer, and journal writing I am finding my way through my trials, and trying to be better because of them.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward commitment. Just as many agreements are solidified with a handshake being baptized solidifies an agreement with our Father in Heaven. When a person is baptized Heavenly Father agrees to wash away their sins. In turn we promise to take upon us the name of His son Jesus Christ and keep the commandments He has given us and continues to give us. The actual act of baptism by immersion is symbolic of the entire body being washed clean. The white garment worn during baptism is a symbol of purity and cleanliness. Show more Show less