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Hi I'm Jamie

I'm a nerdy, nature-loving, redheaded girl striving to become a true woman. I'm a follower of Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being outside. My mother has cultivated a beautiful garden that I have always enjoyed exploring. Through the years, I have spent a lot of time among the bleeding hearts and petunias dreaming up stories and thinking. I absolutely love life! How things move and grow fascinates me. I studied Biology, and although I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science, I am not a scientist. I do not want to crack the code of nature using the cold equipment of a sterilized lab. I chose to study Biology not to unravel its secrets but to be humbled and awed by them. I simply love learning. I am a dedicated student and an enthusiast for school. I am working towards a Master's degree in Secondary Education. I look forward to teaching Science as a career. I love animals and plan to own a few dogs and horses and maybe even a goat or two! Did I mention chickens? My love of animals has led me to work at a zoo where I have had the opportunity to feed a monkey or two! I also love singing, musical theatre, reading, and watching my favorite T.V. shows. I am a hard-working, college-aged girl trying to make my way in the world. I am very excited for the future and am thoroughly enjoying the present.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon Church and was surrounded by strong, faithful people. I had always had a firm sense of belonging in the LDS church and its teachings. However, when I reached college, I dated a very intelligent, inquisitive boy who did not belong to my religion. He encouraged me to go beyond religion and find a true connection to God. For the first time in my life, I began to really question the validity of my religion and try to figure out what I believe. For a while, I became lost. I was struggling to determine what beliefs were truly mine and which ones I held simply because everyone else around me believed them. Throughout the process, I came to be convinced of God's reality. I found him answering my prayers and guiding me towards him, even in my darkest hours. I gained an irrefutable testimony of my savior and redeemer, Jesus Christ. I know that he atoned for my sins and that he shepherds me to fields of safety. I found the spirit of God was present in the plain chapels of the LDS church. I found the teachings of Christ in the Book of Mormon. I found myself in the knowledge that I am a Daughter of God. I want to draw nearer to my Father in Heaven because he loves me and wants my happiness. I want to show my love for him by learning to love those around me. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints provides a clear path for me to return to my God, to know him, and to be filled with joy, love, and peace.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith each day. In the morning, I kneel down and pray for God's guidance and presence to be with me. I remind myself that the most important way I can spend my time is developing strong and loving relationships with others, whether that means sharing a smile with a stranger or giving a listening ear to a friend in need. I try to avoid the rush of life and the feeling that gaining money and material goods means success. I stop to feel the wind and smell the flowers realizing that I have been given the incredible gift of life. Each second, I am living and experiencing that precious gift. I try to interact with others honestly and with the knowledge that they are valuable and irreplaceable individuals, children of God. I spend time trying to get to know who I truly am and attempt to love that person, with all her flaws and quirks. I want to be a woman who is full of love and integrity, a woman who is patient, caring, and serves others with grace and kindness. I work each day to develop these characteristics. And when I totally mess it up, I am able to forgive myself and keep trying thanks to the ability to partake of the Sacrament each Sunday and renew my commitment and covenants with God.