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Hi I'm Jacki

Friends are my family. I specialize in living off of what I call "pockets of joy." I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m single and have never been married, nor do I have any children. I profoundly miss these blessings of connection and sharing of life with loved ones who are close. Life’s shorted me a bit on that count. No siblings. Met my father for the first time when I was around 38. Mom passed away in 2002. Little extended family of which to speak. Grew up in a lot of foster homes. Moved around to excess as a kid, so my childhood connections are almost wholly- and long-forgotten. That’s why the people I have grown to know and love in this Church of mine are, indeed, FAMILY. They are my greatest connections to anything of value. They’ve supported me in sickness and in health. They honor me through the gentle goodness of their lives. They include me in their own family gatherings, in their prayers, in their triumphs and seasons of despair. They regularly offer service in my behalf and allow me the same privilege. I’ve even come very close to a number of youth through the years through my leadership associations with them at Church. In a big way, THESE are my children, and it is an absolute joy to be a continuing and influential part of their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

As early as age 8, I knew I needed to belong to a Church. There was Summer Camp with the Baptists, the Presbyterian Church a few miles from my home where I sang twice, and foster home life for a year in a Catholic Children’s Home. When I was 14, Mom reacquainted herself with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which she had joined just before I was born. At the time, she could not quite allow her heart to be changed in any lasting way and fell back into a lifestyle of addiction soon after my birth. But, events later occurred to bring her back to the Church, and also served to introduce me to its basic gospel tenets, as well as to some kind and loving people. I was baptized at 14, but it took a few more years before extraordinary experiences of my own forged my understanding of, and appreciation for, this gospel. Gratefully, the Spirit of God bore several individual witnesses to my soul of the truthfulness of some important teachings and matters. Those events combined with a series of loving connections with people who were good to me and who offered me stability, giving me a very real sense of Home, of Belonging, of Family. I’ve been growing with this “family” of mine ever since. Early on, and through the years, this Gospel of Jesus Christ has simply made sense to me. It’s fair to all, alive and dead. It is full of expressions of hope, grace, and reconciliation with God. We’re expected to make our faith active, too—and not be dispassionate believers only, devoid of any sense of fulfilling our part of our covenants with God. That’s immensely important to me. And, though I know from experience that I don't always think or act as I should, I also know to whom I look for continuing hope and salvation. I know that God is the one who changed my heart many years ago and, when I go to him honestly and openly, he often allows me to feel a sense of his care and ongoing protection from all in the world that would seek to bring me down, or to separate me from him.

How I live my faith

I've served in many roles during my experience with the Church. I’ve been a teacher of children, youth, and adults. I’ve led the Youth for many years. For almost two years, I organized a bunch of activities for large groups of people, including some activities that were quite moving, patriotic, and spiritual. I even spent 18 months once as a missionary among the people of Hawaii, which was a blessed time in my life. It’s amazing how much you come to love others as you seek to share the Gospel of Christ with them and watch their lives change for the better. Currently, I work with the women of the Church, ages 18 and older, doing my part to help them feel included and to learn life skills from others, as well as to share many of the things that they, too, have learned. We enjoy one another’s companionship and are enlarged by other women around us who share their hearts, mind, and strength, one with another. It is a privilege to be one among these women.