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Hi I'm Jacquee

I'm from Arizona. I'm a hula-dancing, would-be chef/mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi. I'm Jacquee. I'm a wife, a mother, an accountant, a youth leader and a general household CEO. My husband and I are both part-Hawaiian. I grew up hula dancing with my cousins and my Tutu (Grandmother). Though I don't get to do it very much anymore I'm striving to keep that tradition alive for my children. I love learning new things and putting my skills to the test. I'm conversationally fluent (though very out of practice) in American Sign Language. I recently spent about a year and half taking piano lessons. I even participated in a few recitals with several 6-year-olds and lived to tell the tale. My daughter loves that I can play happy songs for her to dance to and lullabies to help her sleep. I'm also currently taking a kickboxing class and really enjoy the physical challenge and self-confidence its giving me. I love to make things, but always have to add my own flair to the items I create. I enjoy cooking and baking though I rarely follow any recipe exactly. Breads, cookies, cheesecake, Thai food, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Sushi...we love to make them all at our house. I enjoy sewing simple projects and "upcycling" clothes for my daughter to wear. In my few, but precious, free moments I like to play with my family, take and edit photos and read, read, read.

Why I am a Mormon

For a big portion of my youth I think I was a Mormon because it was familiar and comfortable. My parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were Mormons. I was fortunate to be surrounded by good examples in my family and friends. As I grew older my faith was tested in different ways and I found myself actively 'choosing' to be a Mormon. Each choice brought me closer to the Savior, I found myself happier and more fulfilled. Shortly after our first anniversary my husband and I relocated to Illinois where he finished his degree and we shared many new life experiences. At this point in my life I really started to understand and appreciate what I had been surrounded by before. Being raised in an area where Mormonism was very common, few people in my hometown were unfamiliar with the lifestyles and beliefs of my church. However, when I started working at a coal mine in Southern Illinois I was placed under a lot of scrutiny from my employers and co-workers. I was regularly asked: "What do you believe?" "What's the difference between Mormons and Christians?" I did my best to share my beliefs with friends and acquaintances who asked about the Church. It's difficult to articulate who you are, why you do the things you do, and how neatly your religion ties it all together. Simply put, I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe it is only through Him that I can achieve salvation. I believe in His teachings about love, kindness, service, compassion and humility. I believe He established a perfect model for worship and fellowship for His followers. I believe that model was re-established on the Earth through His prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. I believe the Book of Mormon together with the Bible contain all the principles and truths necessary for me, an imperfect person, to build a relationship with Christ and accept the forgiveness He offers to all men. My family and circumstances are why I became a Mormon. It's for my beliefs that I choose to stay a Mormon.

How I live my faith

To me, one of the things that constantly re-affirms the truthfulness of this church is how beautifully it is organized. There are networks in place to help everyone feel the Savior's love through one or many of the church members. I have both benefited from and contributed to its programs my entire life. Right now I really enjoy working with the young women of my congregation. I feel privileged to teach them and learn from them every week. The times in my life when I've grown the most have been the times I was teaching and serving in the church. I was so fortunate to have spiritually inspiring activities to attend as a youth with kids who shared my same values. With all of the battles teenagers have to fight these days, I'm so happy to be part of this safe environment for the youth in my congregation. I also enjoy being a visiting teacher. I know from personal experience how inspired the visiting teaching program is. Within it, the women are asked to fellowship, teach and serve other women of the congregation. I have built friendships with women I may not have met otherwise. When we relocated to Texas after a last-minute job offer I was a first-time mom with a 3-week-old infant. I had no family nearby and no friends or acquaintances. I was overwhelmed with the love I received when women of the church called to check on me, came to keep me company and offered the kindness and friendship I was missing from the home I had just left behind. I hope to provide that same kindness and a friendship to the women I teach. As I have lived in different places I've come to appreciate the organization of this church more and more. Wherever I go in life I know I can rely on my local congregation to welcome me and allow me to grow and learn through service.