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Hi I'm Jacquie

I'm a soccer (football, piano, swimming, basketball, track, cub scouts, choir, slightly frazzled but happy) mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of one daughter and three sons and wife to my best friend. I enjoy cooking (and eating), running (so I can eat), taking piano lessons (even though I'll never play in front of anyone), organizing stuff (closests and drawers are my favorites), traveling (anywhere and everywhere), and reading (by myself and with my kids). I joined the church when I was 21 years old. I have a bachelors and a masters degree in biology. I married my husband after college and then we lived abroad for 9 years. In our fifteen years of marriage we have lived in Utah, Virginia, Louisiana, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, and Colorado. I speak Spanish and Portuguese (well, kind of a mixture of the two).

Why I am a Mormon

I love my church. When I began to learn about it at the age of 17, its teachings hit a familiar chord with me- especially the knowlegde that we lived with our Father in Heaven before we came to the earth and that he wants us to return to live with him after this life. I know that we are all His sons and daughters regardless of our different faiths, nationalities, or cultures. By following His teachings, we aren't guarenteed to breeze through this life, but we will have the best chance of being happy and will be prepared to face any and all challenges that may front us. I love it because it helps me to be the best person I can be, to look always look forward and to keep the Savior in mind as I go about my daily life. I love it because everyone has the chance to be involved-be it a leadership role, as a teacher of the youth, children or adults, or as a speaker in a Sunday Sacrament meeting. This allows people to grow and devolp talents they may have not known they had and to continually serve others. I love it because it teaches us about the importance of families and how we can strenghten our own families.

How I live my faith

On a personal level I try to learn about the Savoir through prayer and scripture study and to try to be as much like Him as I can. The Book of Mormon is an important part of my life- since before I was baptized I have felt its power in helping me to find answers I'm looking for or solutions to problems I may be having. At church, I live my faith by doing my best to fulfill whatever calling I am asked to do. Having moved around a lot, I've had the opportunity to work with the children, Cub Scouts, teenage girls, and with the adult women of the church-in three different languages. I am currently involved with the women of our congregation-I teach Sunday lessons, help organize service projects to help when families have needs, help plan and carry out monthly activities, and visit those who may need a friend. Each different way I have served in my church has taught me something new and given me the opportunity to be apart of something that makes me feel good. Living my religion makes me happy!