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Hi I'm Jaqui

I'm 67 years old and a mother of 10. I'm a football fan, I crochet, and sew, and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for 47 years. I met my husband in a university communications class and I'm proud of both of my scores in that class. I was a big city girl from back east and he was very much a country cowboy. I learned to live in the middle of the wide-open prairie in Southern Alberta. There I figured out the difference between a steer and a bull and learned how to bottle chickens (yep, in quart bottles like you would peaches or pears!). In addition to spending 18 years in Alberta, Canada, we've lived in Utah, Nebraska, Texas, and now in Washington. I was fortunate that I was able to be at home almost the whole time while we raised our 10 children. Besides my family, my greatest love is for this beautiful world Heavenly Father has created. I never tire of looking at the sky whether it be clear, or cloudy, bright or dark. I marvel at His many, many creations. I’m thrilled daily with the color and variety that surrounds us and how individual and the uniqueness of each mountain, leaf, flower, cloud, and sunset. The expanse and greatness of the Universe is so awesome.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Methodist but in my teenage years as we studied the Bible and learned of the prophets of old, I first questioned and then became kind of angry and afraid that "God didn't love us as much as He did those of old to whom he gave prophets. Don't we need His help today as much as they did then?" My questioning brought the LDS (Mormon) missionaries to our home and I was overjoyed to learn that He DOES love us and that there are prophets today. The missionaries had the answers to my questions and unexpressed prayers. I was 18 when I joined the church with my parents and siblings... six weeks after the missionaries first came to our door. One other thing caught my attention then... every wedding ceremony I had ever heard then included the words "'til death do you part." I think almost everyone thinks that they will be with their family in the next life so why are they married only until death? How sad it would be to have spent your whole life loving your spouse, your parents, brothers, sisters and then be parted when you die? What kind of Heavenly and loving Father would deny us the opportunity to be together? How exciting it was to learn that families can be 'sealed' together for eternity in the temples of the LDS church. Of course, this doesn't come 'free.’ Heavenly Father expects us to live his commandments and be worthy of that great blessing. But everyone does have the opportunity to enter these temples and be 'sealed' to their families never to be parted in the eternities. This is amazing and beautiful to me and one of the reasons I'm a Mormon. This knowledge gives me an anchor to hold tight to when the storms of life rage and try to pull me down.

How I live my faith

I have always had a soft heart and it is difficult for me to think that there are many, many in this world who do not have the same comforts I have: a loving husband and family, a safe and warm house, and enough food to keep them healthy and strong. I love to make knitted hats and other things that will give some of that warmth and love to someone else who is not so fortunate. My husband and I have sponsored several children in faraway lands so that they can have food, clothing, medicine and education and, although we are both retired, we still find a bit here and there that we can share with others.