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Hi I'm Jillaire.

I'm a stay-at-home mom. I have a masters in American History. I'm a balloon twister. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born on the east coast but raised in the west. Since leaving home for college I've lived in a major city on the east coast, a Southwestern suburb, the English countryside, and a small town in the Northwest. I have a masters degree in American History. I love to read a wide variety of books; biographies are among my favorites. I love to cook and am constantly looking for new recipes in magazines, online, and amongst my friends. I'm great at laundry but horrible about dusting and mopping. I'm the wife of an aeronautical engineer and a stay-at-home mom of four adorable and brilliant children. The most exciting things I've done in my life are to give birth to my second daughter in our hallway with no medical personnel present (yikes!) and to swim 1.1 miles across the Columbia River (wahoo!).

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. I have stayed in the Church because I believe what the Church teaches about Jesus Christ, about God, and about my relationship to them. I believe that living the gospel--which includes loving and serving others, attending church, being honest, being chaste and virtuous, gaining an education--make me HAPPY. I believe it because I've prayed about it. I've done what Christ asked when he said "if any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." I know it's true and I can see the results of living the gospel in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday in my home as I pray with my children, teaching them that they are children of God and that He cares about their lives. I pray myself and ask God for help to be the best person I can be. I try to be honest and kind to all the people in my life so that they can see that I follow Jesus Christ. Right now I teach the Sunday School class for adults in my congregation. We are studying the New Testament in the Bible this year. Each week I get to study about the life of Jesus Christ and then present and discuss it with others. Together we're all trying to follow His example. I'm also helping to organize the week-long summer camp that we have for the teenage girls. We're planning hikes, crafts, survival skills, and nature-inspired activities. But we're also planning how to teach these young girls that they are daughters of God and that living the standards of the Church is worth it. It's a fun and inspirational week for everyone involved. Our Church is run by volunteers, which means all members get a chance to speak from the pulpit, pray, teach, and lead. I've helped with the children, the youth, music, activities, and now the adults. Each assignment in the Church has given me the opportunity to serve others, but to also grow in my own spirituality and even in life skills that help me in my home and in the community.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Wards and branches are the names for our church congregations, much like parishes in some other denominations. Several wards (6-8 usually) are organized into a stake. (Branches are just congregations that are smaller than wards.) Wards are determined by size, meaning number of people who attend, not square miles. Wards do have geographic boundaries though. Where you live determines what ward you attend. Wards are also like extended families. For all eleven years of our marriage we have never lived closer than a 12-hour drive from our parents. So, my ward has become my family. Ward members have brought meals and watched my older children when I've been in the hospital to give birth. They've helped us lay sod and paint walls. And ward members that we hadn't even met yet showed up to help us move into our home the day we arrived in a new town. Everywhere we've moved we've been immediately adopted into a large and loving ward family. Taking care of each other is just another way we follow Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Men in the Church can hold the priesthood if they are keeping the commandments of God. This is God's church and that is the way he has set it up. Women have other responsibilities in the church and are equally able to receive blessings from the priesthood. Mormon women have their own organization in the church; it's called the Relief Society. Each congregation has a woman president of the Relief Society and all of its teachers and leaders are women. Women also lead the teenage girls' youth programs and the children's Sunday School, called Primary. Women can preach from the pulpit and teach adult men and women in Sunday School. Just as there are certain things in the Church that are reserved for the men, such as the priesthood, there are certain things reserved for the women today. We believe that gender is an essential characteristic of our eternal identity. As such, men and women have different strengths, abilities, and responsibilities. As a woman in the Church I have never felt like a second-class citizen. I am a partner to my husband and a valued member of Church councils when I have had a leadership responsibility in the Relief Society or other women-led programs. Show more Show less