Hi I'm Jackie
I'm a mom. I'm a photographer. I'm a designer. And I'm very shy. I'm a Mormon.
I grew up on the east coast of the United States; being either the only or one of only a few LDS kids in my school helped me gain a testimony of the church pretty young. I studied interior architecture once I got to college; while attending school I also met my husband, married him in the temple, and had our first son. Once I completed my degree I decided that interior architecture was not for me at this point in my life and decided to become a photographer instead. About that time my husband decided to join the Army so we are now figuring out life as an Army family. But we are SO grateful for our membership in the church as it gives us a solid foundation to hold onto in this tumultuous life.
To put it simply, I believe this church to be true. The Gospel principles bring peace into my life and deep down I know that what I learn at church and from our leaders is of God.
This church is a church of action; it is not enough to simply show up to church. Every facet of our life is affected by our membership in the church some way. The way we think, the way we act, simply the way we live our life. As a mom to two young children I am blessed to teach them of the Gospel throughout our day; from saying prayers to service to learning Gospel principles. We are also very open about our membership in the church; by living the word of wisdom and other physical standards we "stick out" in many of the social circles we have. But questions directed at us about why we aren't participating in certain activities has opened up teaching opportunities we wouldn't normally have (although none have resulted in anyone coming to church. Yet.) I also serve as a primary teacher and relearning the Gospel through a child's view has helped my testimony to grow even more; sometimes it helps to go back to the basics!