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Hi I'm Jackie

I'm a husband, a father, a Math Education Professor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and a father of two sons. My wife and I met and married when I was serving in the United States Marine Corps in Hawaii. After military service, I went on to study mathematics and education obtaining degrees from three different Universities. I taught middle school science and mathematics for 10 years and was a middle school administrator for another three years. I currently teach mathematics at a local University. Physically, I love to exercise, play tennis, hike, and mountain bike as well as work in the yard and around the house. Mentally, I love to read, write, and listen. I especially enjoy studying mathematics and how mathematics has developed throughout history. Spiritually, I love to read scriptures, pray with my family and spend time writing on my own.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon helps me be happy. I recently heard a local leader say that living the Gospel of Jesus Christ is like walking through a mountain meadow on a summer morning. You start out on the walk and just enjoy the beauty and the life that surrounds you, and when you look down your trousers are soaked with water. In the gospel I have made covenants with my Heavenly Father. As I set out to live those covenants, I serve. I serve my family, my neighbors, and my community. I serve in the profession I have chosen, and as I serve, I strive to find ways to help others. From one day to the next I don’t always feel like I’m doing much of anything, but when I take a moment to look down I find I’m soaked with blessings.

How I live my faith

In our home we practice living the gospel and practice involves making and correcting lots of mistakes. We strive to show respect for and strengthen one another. We’re not perfect, but we spend time discussing life and how the gospel applies to it. We discuss why we do what we do, so we can continue to increase in faith and wisdom. Beyond the home, I have served in many different callings and in each calling I learn and grow in my desire and ability to serve others. I always have families to visit each month as a part of a “home teaching” assignment. It is fun and rewarding to get to know a family and build relationships of trust. When challenges arise, they know they have someone who is always willing to help. I also have an administrative calling in the church to serve as a financial clerk for our Stake. In this calling, I am able to work closely with the different organizations and wards to make sure they have and wisely manage the necessary resources to do the Lord’s work. There is no shortage of opportunities to serve in the church, and service leads to joy in life.