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Hi I'm Jamie.

I build stuff. I make my own yogurt. I have an amazing recipe for pumpkin cheesecake. Most importantly, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Texas and love being married to a Canadian who moved down here. We have three kids, a cozy house, and a fledgling garden. I'm trying really hard to develop a green thumb, so I can eat all the free, organic produce I want. I spend my time doing DIY projects, trying new recipes, and reading good books.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with the teachings of the gospel taught in my home. I saw blessings come to our family because of our efforts to live the way that Jesus Christ has exemplified. By the time I was in college, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to continue living the way I had been raised. As I started studying the scriptures in depth on my own, I felt in my heart the surety of the truths that had been revealed to the prophets who had recorded them. Of course, I make mistakes (as we all do), and I'm grateful for Jesus' all-encompassing sacrifice that makes it possible for us to change more than we would be able to otherwise.

How I live my faith

I'm blessed to be able to spend time with the children of our congregations in the Austin area. They have such sweet and simple testimonies of the truths that I tend to overcomplicate. I love being a part of the church's vast network of service called visiting teaching. A friend and I visit three sisters each month, and in turn I am visited by two other sisters. It's an inspired way to help each other make it through some of the challenges of life. When I was 22, I served a mission for our church in Hamburg, Germany. We ate, breathed, slept, shopped, bicycled, and spoke German everything for a year and a half; and I loved it. It was a great experience to share with others what has helped me so much in life.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No. When most people say the word "worship" they usually mean the homage paid to deity; we reserve our worship for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. More accurate words to describe our connection to Joseph Smith are "admire", "revere", "respect", "honor." We are grateful to Joseph Smith for his work in restoring the gospel as taught by Christ when He was on the earth. Show more Show less