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Hi I'm Jackie

I am a middle school history teacher on hiatus. I am pregnant with my first baby. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents were divorced when I was only a few months old. I never knew my father and while that was obviously hard, it also served as a driving force in my life. From a young age I saw education as a way to improve my situation. So throughout my life I have focused on receiving an education and helping others to do the same. I received my bachelors degree in History Education. Then I went on to receive my masters degree in Social Sciences in Education. After I finished my masters degree I landed a job teaching middle school history. I have been doing that for the past six years. Most people look at me with awe when I say I teach middle school, but it has been amazing. I am never bored at work - it is a new adventure everyday. Now, I am starting a new chapter in my life as my husband (who is the love of my life and perfect person to share my life with) and I prepare for our first child. I can't wait to raise our little boy and the other children that will hopefully come as well.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom joined the LDS Church after her divorce from my father. She was by herself, with three children and she knew she needed support. She was raised a Baptist but knew it did not provide all the truths she seeked. Thankfully, through friends and family members she was introduced to the missionaries who taught her the gospel. I was only a toddler at this point so I feel like I have been part of the LDS Church my whole life. But, it was when I was a teenager that I found my own testimony. As I struggled with my identity and what I wanted to do with my life (you know the things teenagers go through), the only thing sane in my life was the gospel. I turned to the truths of the scriptures and the power of prayer. Whenever I felt lost I could find my answers in the teachings of the gospel. I knew that the Savior Jesus Christ was there for me and I felt the Holy Ghost guiding me in my life. There was nothing in the gospel that didn't bring me joy or help me to have hope in the future. Other members of the church showed me examples of solid families, which I hoped one day I could build. I am Mormon because it brings me joy and peace and the knowledge that I'll be able to live with my husband, our baby boy on the way and the rest of our family forever.

How I live my faith

I life my faith first in my home - my husband and I pray and read the scriptures together every night. IEach week we hold Family Home Evening where we discuss a recent talk or article written by our Church Leaders. in my local ward I am one of the Relief Society (the woman's organization) teachers. I love the opportunity to teach gospel principles to the women once a week. (It is a bit of a different experience than teaching middle schoolers). Outside of my home and ward I try to live my faith by being a good person. I am not perfect and sometimes I am too shy. But I try to be happy and friendly to those I meet and help those in need. I work on being more Christ-like.