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Hi I'm Jamie

and I've got a lot of hope.

About Me

I am a mom of two young children. They keep me going in more than just the physical aspect- the spiritual one as well! I learn more about myself through them because they are so much a part of me. I have been living in lovely New England for all of three years now. I am enjoying the beautiful foilage and incredible history that the east coast has to offer. It truly has been a blessing in my life and I am learning so much more about myself and how I can contribute to my community. For the last year I have been better keeping active and recently picked up running. I ran my first marathon last october. I also enjoy ballroom dancing, hiking, playing outside with my kids, organizing photos, blogging and keeping my family updated. Life sure is interesting! All I want to do is buckle up and push through the bumpy ride. 

Why I am a Mormon

 I have pondered this question for some time now. As a child growing up in the church in Utah I just WAS a Mormon because that's what you and everyone else in your family did-including friends and community as well. As an adult, it becomes a little more complex because there is more to it than just "because." I have had to really think about why I choose to be a Mormon becuase it's all I have known. I choose to be a Mormon because of the way it makes me feel. In many different aspects, being a Mormon means greater health from following the Word of Wisdom it means learning how to give of your time to help others and find happiness in service it means feeling peace when the world around me is contentious or confused it means feeling a desire to change and become a better person it means being an example to my neighbors and children it means learning how to do difficult things and pushing through challenges that come my way it means being a friend to others and going the extra mile to serve it means constant faith and prayers, and ESPECIALLY hope, to experience the happiness and joy that being a part of this great gospel has to offer it means doing good and being a light to others who need an anchor in their lives it means feeling unity in the family it means feeling the love of a Savior and a Heavenly Father to uplift, comfort, and restore peace to an unnerving soul. There is so much, MUCH more that I could say about this, but these are simple reasons why I am a Mormon!

How I live my faith

 I feel fortunate to have been blessed with talents that could greatly contribute to my community. In college I minored in ballroom dance, so I thought about being a ballroom dance instructor from a local studio. I also graduated college as an Early Childhood educator and taught second grade for two years, so I thought that I could teach in the public school system as well. For right now, however, I choose to be home with my two young children-teaching and giving them opportunities to experience life. I feel like this is another way I can help contribute to my community because in a few years time they will be contributing members themselves. In the church right now, my official title is "Ward Music Chair" person. I work side by side the choir director and aid in any/all musical endeavors. I help organize musical numbers for meetings and conduct in church. I do not have a strong musical background so I am blessed to have this opportunity to learn more! I have a strong oppinion that each of us are blessed with talents and abilities to help in our community and chruch gatherings. God has given this special gift to each of us and we need to share it with others to give more meaning to our own lives, but also to help the organization of the church. We are all truly blessed.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Jamie
One real difference between attending church vs. the temple has to do with weather or not we are going through for ourselves or in proxy to someone who has died. In the church we perform the ordinance of baptism, along with the confirmation of the Holy Ghost, to those that are living. Those who have turned the age of 8 or who have a desire to be a member of the Gospel have this great opportunity. In the Temple, we perform the same ordinances but it is for those who have died and did not have a chance to do so on the earth. In the church, anyone and everyone is welcome to experience the fullness of the gospel. In the temple, anyone and everyone is welcome to experience the fullness of the ordinances performed as long as they maintain a high standard of worthiness. It is then that one is able to attend that beautiful place and aqcuire the necessary ordinances important to fulfilling eternal life.   Show more Show less