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Hi I'm Jackie

I'm a wife, mother, and grandmother. The only Southerner in my home. A black belt. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the outdoors. I'd much rather be mowing the yard than cooking dinner. One of our family's favorite activities is hiking. While we lived in Colorado, you could find us most Saturdays enjoying time together in the mountains. There are some things I enjoy doing indoors as well. Like reading. I've even been known to make a few quilts and doilies over the years. Until the past 11 years I was blessed to work in my home raising my children. Since that time I've worked in accounting, been the program director for a Martial Arts school, driven a school bus, and been a teacher's assistant. Our family has moved around quite a bit. My husband and I have lived in six states over the past 27 years we've been married. A few of them more than once. (A few moves due to my husband's military service.)Through all the changes that these moves have brought, I find that the core of me is a person who loves to learn. Loves to be the best I can at whatever I try. Loves to help others become the best they can be.

Why I am a Mormon

Cancer took my sister, and dearest friend, when I was six. I didn't know where she was, or how I could find her. As I grew older I started searching for answers to questions dealing with faith, God, and life after death. I believe everything happens for a reason. So, it does not surprise me that, when I was ready to find the answers, the people who had those answers came into my life. Each answer was like being reminded of truths I'd always known, only forgotten. I found peace. Three weeks before my 16th birthday I was baptized along with my younger sister and brother. As I look back to that day, over 32 years ago, I don’t know any one moment in time when that belief on that day became the knowledge and surety of today. I can only repeat the words of Isaiah, “precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” Isaiah 28:10. It has come as a broken heart is mended. It has come in witness to a kind deed. It has come as my life was preserved. It has come at the side of a tiny grave. It has come as I’ve heard my voice give a lesson I could not have prepared. It has come as an unseen blanket has enveloped me in love and peace. It has come as I’ve studied His words. It has come as I’ve tried to serve as He served. It has come as I’ve tried to walk the path He would have me walk. It has come as I’ve tried to love as He loves. I’m very grateful to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My first chances to get to know teenagers came from teaching and serving the youth. We have a program where the 14 to 18 year old teens study scriptures before school each morning. I know this helped me as I was given the chance to work with young teens as part of my vocation. Currently, I'm serving as leadership to the adult ladies of my congregation. Whether there is a small army to feed or building a barn, these women will meet the challenge. The many opportunities I’ve been given to serve have made me a better wife, mother, and friend. I hope to continue to grow to be all that I can be as I have more opportunities to serve in the future.