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Hi I'm Jamie

I love hiking, swimming, and traveling. I'm a full-time mother of 3 children. I'm a foster parent. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah, but grew up in Southern California. My parents were especially good at teaching us to work and value an education, making holidays extra special, and providing AWESOME family vacations. My parents are both a lot of fun - I even thought so as a teenager. I hope to be as cool a parent to my kids as they are to me. I went on a foreign exchange to Japan the summer after my senior year of high school. It was an experience that has changed my perspective of the world. I will always be grateful for my host family, and what they taught me. I attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelors degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis in education. I loved my college experience. It was there that I met my husband. After he graduated with his master's degree in civil engineering, he took a job in Phoenix, AZ. We had our first baby very soon thereafter and I have been a full-time mom ever since. We have 3 beautiful children now. We recently decided to become licenced foster parents, and it has been a very difficult but rewarding experience. I love those kids so much!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were members of the Church. The gospel was taught in my home growing up and we were active in the Church. By the time I was about thirteen I knew I had to know for myself if the Church that my parents believed in was true. I believed it was, but I felt I needed to know for sure. My parents had taught me to pray when I was young and by the time I was thirteen or so my prayers had been answered so clearly so many times, that it was beyond any doubt to me that Heavenly Father is real and answers sincere prayers. So I prayed. I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon really is the word of God. I prayed and fasted to know for myself. The answer that came to me surprised me. It wasn't just a yes or a no. The thought came to me that I needed to read it. I had already read the Book of Mormon, but this time I read the whole book through, praying all along the way with the intent of finding out if it really was the word of God, and if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really is His restored Church upon the earth again in these last days. It took me a few months. The day I finished, I knelt in private and prayed again. I told Heavenly Father that I knew He was real, and that I knew He loved me and wanted what would be best for me. I told Him I knew He could answer me. I told Him I wanted to know because I wanted to belong to His true Church - whichever church that was - and to do what He wanted me to do while on the earth. I was prepared to forsake my parents' religion if He told me it wasn't right, but also promised to obey what the Book of Mormon teaches for the rest of my life if He told me it was true. I just really wanted to know. I needed guidance for my life. I was then filled with the Spirit and experienced the most sure, peaceful feeling I have ever felt, that the Book of Mormon is true. It felt warm, powerful, loving, and sure.

How I live my faith

I study the scriptures and pray everyday. I believe it gives me a greater sense of peace, clarity, and purpose each day. I try to keep the Lord's commandments and teach my children to do the same. We pray together and study a passage of scripture together everyday as a family as well. We hold what we call "Family Home Evening" once a week, when we teach each other a principle of the gospel and do something fun together as a family. We might go for a walk, a community event, work together on a service project, or play a game together. We always have a treat. We create and work on long and short-term family goals. Everyone takes turns being in charge of planning what we will do, and the kids do a really good job! I believe the Lord cares about how we treat our families, more than almost anything else, and that within our family life, we find our greatest struggles, our greatest love, and our greatest joy. Our "ward" or church group, is like a community or family that serves each other and our community. There are often opportunities to help with a service project in our community, like provide dinner at a local shelter. I am assigned to watch over a few women in our ward, to visit them, befriend them, teach them, and make sure they are alright. I serve as the President of the organization for women in my ward, which is called the Relief Society. Its purpose is to increase the faith of each individual woman in our ward, help strengthen their families, and seek out and help those in need. We acccomplish this through gospel instruction lessons on Sunday, other helpful meetings and activities, helping others with financial or emotional challenges, and by providing community service. The opportunity to help and serve in my ward is a joy to me. It stretches me and is sometimes time-consuming, but I love the people that I work with and serve, and I love the Lord. I feel the opportunity brings me closer to understanding how God loves ALL of His children.