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Hi I'm Jamie

I'm a statistician and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an assistant professor of statistics at a major university. I am a husband to a beautiful wife and a father to three wonderful children. My hobbies include woodworking, arts, crafts, gardening, writing, cooking, and movies.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to be born into a family of Mormons. I recognized from early on that we did things differently than other children and their families I knew and associated with: we didn't drink alcohol, we didn't smoke, we didn't cuss or curse, and we went to church every week. In high school I tried life without the LDS church. I had a job in fast food that kept me from church on Sundays and there were probably some other habits that slipped. I noticed the negative impact that had on my life and I didn't like it. A member of our local congregation came to visit me at work and I could instantly feel in that person the spirit that I had been missing. I made a concerted effort to never miss church again. I am a Mormon today because I feel that special, holy spirit every time I walk into an LDS church building and whenever I speak with other Mormons. I don't feel that when I visit other churches with my friends and their families. Today, that special spirit is in my home. It helps me to be the person I want to be and I can see it influencing my wife and children to be the people they want to be. We still have a difficult life with a lot of challenges, but our faith sustains us and gets us through. I have no fear for my children as they grow up in this world because they have a solid foundation. We also take great comfort in knowing the purpose of this life, where we came from, why we are here, and where what will happen after this life. The lessons that we learn in church and the guidance we receive from our leaders provides us with peace, regardless of what the economy is like or the wars and natural disasters. We know that we are sons and daughters of God. We know that he loves us. We know that we are doing what he wants us to do. We know that he is always there to answer our prayers and assist us with our needs.

How I live my faith

I have had many different responsibilities in my local congregations. I've worked with youth, scouting, missionary efforts, teaching classes, giving talks, financial accounting, etc. Today I travel by assignment to other congregations in the area to assist their leaders to support their congregations. I give talks, counsel with the local leaders, and help out wherever I can. I have an assignment to support the Spanish-speaking congregation in our area. I spent a two-year mission in Argentina which is where I learned Spanish. Now I get to help the Spanish speakers in this area feel like an integral part of the church. I have had a great love and joy for every assignment I have ever been given in the church and am certain that I will continue to love any future assignment I receive. It is one of the ways we support each other.

What is being a Mormon like?

Jamie
Being a Mormon provides me with a sense of peace and happiness. I know who I am, why I am here, what this life is really about, and what to expect after this life is over. I know that God answers prayers, he loves us, we are his children, and his greatest goal is our happiness. Being a Mormon means I am less likely to be involved in addictive behavior. It means I am a peacemaker. It means although I don't have all the answers to life's challenges, I know where to find them. It means that regardless of where I live in the world there is an LDS congregation teaching the doctrine I know to be true with members who are instantly ready to accept me as a member of their family. It means that wherever I am in the world, I know that I am never alone. Even if there is no one around, I know that God is there with me. It means that I don't have to worry much about my children making it through their teenage years because they have a solid foundation and know the right choices to make when facing temptation. It means that even though I am incredibly busy with work, I still have great peace in my heart. Show more Show less