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Hi I'm Jackie

I'm the oldest of five kids. My mom has raised us on her own for twelve years. I am earning my Ph.D. in physics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am starting graduate school this fall in physics. I am the oldest of five children. My mom has been raising us on her own since my dad passed away twelve years ago. I like to hike, read, and learn new crafty skills. I enjoy talking and telling stories.

Why I am a Mormon

I was indeed born in the gospel, but I have seen too many miracles and too many prophesies for me to leave. I've seen my brothers' health returned. I've received inspiration for things that were going to happen in my life that came true. One example is when I decided whether I should go on a mission or not. As I was praying about it one day, just a few months before I turned 21 (right about the time I should be working on and turning in my papers) I received a thought that I couldn't decide right now whether I should go a mission because I did not have the necessary information to make a good choice. I would have the necessary information three months later and I could decide then. Three months later, I received the calling to be Relief Society President in my singles ward and I knew that I should stay. I've felt the presence and power of the priesthood. It makes my home feel safe and protected. I felt the difference when my dad died, leaving my family without a priesthood holder, and then I felt the difference when my younger brother received the priesthood. Having a priesthood holder in our home has made all the difference.

How I live my faith

I served for over a year as the "Relief Society" president in my singles ward at BYU. That means that I was in charge of organizing events, support groups, and other things related to the temporal and spiritual wellbeing of sisters in my ward. I've also served as a Sunday School teacher and the Sacrament Meeting pianist and organist. I just moved into a new ward a few days ago and am waiting to receive a new calling. I try to be an example to others. Even those who don't know I'm Mormon, or who don't want to hear about the teachings, have sometimes told me that they have been able to take on a new optimistic attitude because of the way I live my life. I believe that this optimistic attitude is a result of the hope and peace the gospel brings. I hope one day more people can understand that, because it's important.