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Hi I'm Jamie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a graduate student in a Physician Assistant program in Philadelphia. I grew up with a father who was in the US Army, so we moved a lot while I was growing up. When my Dad got out of the military we settled in a small town in Eastern Oregon so then i went from army brat to country girl. I learned how to break horses, drive tractors, and identify all of the crops local farmers planted in their fields. I have four siblings who are all my best friends, even though they live all over the country. I love to read and always have a book somewhere on my person.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the church but I was also raised to be independent thinking and to make and take responsibility for my own decisions. I decided early on to follow the teachings of the church when it came to modest dress, not drinking alcohol, not smoking, and following God's commandments. As I have lived the teachings of the Church and chosen to be a Mormon I have had so much happiness and safety in my life. As I have tried to be a disciple of Jesus Christ I have realized how free I am in the choices I am able to make. Because of the teachings of the church and my willingness to follow them I am free of sexually transmitted diseases, I have few addictions (i still argue that chocolate is not an addiction but a necessity), and I have no regrets for the things that I have done in my life. I know that the world often believes that freedom is a lack of rules and being able to do any thing you want. I know that it is because of the rules I have chosen to follow I am free.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday. I think that it is hard sometimes, in todays modern world, to walk around with a conscience. Part of how I live my faith is by letting it help me make daily choices - like not to drink coffee or smoke tobacco. My religious beliefs also help me to make bigger decisions by directing me to search, ponder, and pray. In my current church community (we call it a Ward) I am a part of the women's organization. We just finished doing this huge activity where we taught all of the women in the church CPR and talked about how to be safe in our homes. I love that there have been times in my life where the impact of my beliefs has caused a natural kindness or awareness to happen, something like grabbing a burger at the McDonald's for a homeless man I just passed on the street, or giving my seat to a pregnant woman on the train. I think that the only true example of how I should live my Faith is my Savior, Jesus Christ, and, even though I fall very short everyday, I still know that I have the best example.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Jamie
I have been asked this question many times by people who are not of my faith as well as other members of the church. I like to explain using the analogy of a home - the temple is the house of God; when we have our own home do we allow anyone to just walk in uninvited? Are there certain types of people we prefer to have in our homes? Do people who come into our home have an understanding of certain behaviors that are acceptable? This is how I think of temple entrance - we are issued an invitation (a temple recommend) to enter the Lord's house, we know that certain behaviors are not acceptable there and we know that respect for that place is important. Just like in our own homes there are places that we prefer that visitors not go (like my bedroom) for any number of reasons, the same is true of the Lord's house. At the same time we don't necessarily have anything to hide or secrets there are some things that people might not understand - an example of this is in my sisters home; her youngest son sleeps in the living room in a cradle. Sometimes she is embarrassed when people come over because she feels they might assume weird things about her use of space but her son sleeping in that location provides the best sleep for the whole family. There are activities in the temple that someone who is not prepared to understand or have belief in would not make sense. There is nothing secret about temple activities they are just very important and sacred to us. Show more Show less