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Hi I'm Jackie

I'm 5'1", my family means everything to me, I love to sing, read and spend time with friends, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full-time missionary in Mesa, AZ. Before my mission I went to school at BYU-Idaho, for Psychology with a minor in Culinary Arts. I haven't finished my degree yet, but I plan to when I get back from my mission. I'm thinking about going into Massage Therapy after I graduate. I love to serve people, and I love making people laugh. Life is so good!! I feel like life can be as happy or as sad as you make up your mind for it to be. I know that there are hard things about this life, but I know that those times are the times that I have learned a lot and have been able to grow. I am grateful for my time here in Mesa as a missionary and for the wonderful people here I get to serve.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my whole life, but I still had to find out for myself if it was true. When I was 14, I went to a church camp called EFY or Especially for Youth. I was given the challenge to find the answer to a question I had. I decided to ask if the Book of Mormon was true. I read and studied the Book of Mormon everyday and prayed fervently to know if it was true, but I didn't feel like I ever got an answer. I felt good when I read and when I prayed, but I guess I was looking for a big answer to my question. I didn't realize that I already knew that the Book of Mormon was true until later that week on Thursday when we had a testimony meeting. I didn't really want to get up, but I felt like I should and I finally gave in to the Spirit telling me to get up there. As I started to bear my testimony I said that I knew that the Book of Mormon is true, and that this is the true church. As I said that, a warmth and a peace just filled me. It was such a sweet feeling. There really aren't words to describe the feeling I had. But I know that it was Heavenly Father letting me know that what I had just said was true. Ever since that day, I haven't ever doubted that this church is true. As I've gotten older, I've learned more and gone through some hard things. But, instead of getting weaker, my testimony grew through those times of challenge. I know that life can be hard, but with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it is so much easier. I am grateful for all I've learned and for the little testimony builders I've been given. I may not know everything, but I know that this is true, that this is the only way to be truly happy in life, and the only way we can return to live with Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and our families for eternity.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by example. To do the things that I know I should, but, more than that , I try to LIVE the things I know. For instance, I love my family so so much, and I know that I can be Together Forever with them. So, since I know that, my relationships with them mean so much more to me than they would otherwise, because it is not just for now that I will be with them. I'm more understanding and forgiving with my family and those I care about, because I've realized life is too short to be mad at someone else. Some once said, "Holding grudges [or staying angry] is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die." I try to remember that especially with those that are close to me. If I love them, and want to be with them forever I should treat them that way here. So, I just try to put it in an eternal perspecitve, like will this really matter in 5 years, or 20 or 50? No. So I try not to dwell, then I forgive and forget and move on. I know that this helps me to have better relationships with them, and I am so much happier in the long run. It's definitly not easy to do in the moment, but it is worth it! The happiness I have everyday instead of the heavy weight of anger and resentment is reason enough for me to do my best to move on when things happen. I also try to love people for who they are, and not to judge. I have found when I try to see things from others perspectives, I can love them more. It makes sense why our Heavenly Father can love us so perfectly, because He understands us perfectly. He wants us to love each other, and I feel that I can best show that love when I help those that are around me, especially in the little ways. Of course I'm not perfect, and I try to not be selfish, but I know that I can love others more easily when I serve them. My relationships are the strongest with those I have been able to serve. I love how that happens!! Making others happy, is just the best!! It makes me so happy too, what a blessing!