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Hi I'm Jamar Gill

I grew up in Prescott Arizona. I recently served a mission in Germany with my sister. I am a great grandmother and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love to read and I love to travel, I love my family and my many friends. Having recently returned from a mission in East Germany, I have many friends there as well as in South Africa where I served a mission with my husband before he died. The world we live in is beautiful and glorious and I have been blessed to enjoy much of it and the wonderful people who live in it. It is these relationships that I cherish above all else. I enjoy being with my family and my friends, I always want to know what is going on in their lives. I enjoy the hugs, the laughs, the tears and the memories that we share together. I like to serve them and am grateful for the acts of kindness they show me. I can think of nothing more wonderful then to enjoy these relationships and our beautiful world forever.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I want to live eternally with my family and with my Heavenly Father and through the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, He has shown me how I can. This knowledge brings me joy and peace in a world that is not always happy and peaceful. I was born in the Church with a rich Pioneer Heritage. My ancestors have been faithful members and were taught the gospel by the first missionaries who were sent out by the Prophet Joseph Smith. They continued to obey the succeeding prophets and moved west to colonize Utah and then Arizona. I have been blessed because of their love for Jesus Christ, a willingness to follow his example and to sacrifice all to become like him. All of this did not insure that I would automatically be a Mormon. I was not forced to follow in their footsteps. I was led by example and love until as the years went by and I lived the principles and was obedient to the Savior's teachings, I came to know for myself that what my parents had lived and taught was true. I could see that in spite of the challenges and trials they had, they were happy and had a joy and peace in their lives that others in the world did not have. I have had sorrows in my life but because of my faith and my knowledge of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice and His saving grace, I know that I will live with Him again, I know that His Church has been restored to the earth again, I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet who translated ancient records known today as The Book of Mormon and that this true book is another witness of Jesus Christ. I know that he organized the Church as it existed in Christ's time and that we have a living prophet and twelve apostles today. I know that because of the Temples and saving ordinances that are given there, I can live with my family and be with my friends eternally. I know these things because the Holy Spirit has whispered to me many times over the years that what I am hearing and seeing and feeling is true.

How I live my faith

Since we do not have paid positions in our church, most of us are called to serve in various capacities. I played the piano for the young children when I was 12 years old and for Sunday School and Church as needed when I was older. I have worked many years in the women's organizations, young and old. Most of us are assigned several families to visit on a monthly basis. All the congregation is covered and we give service as needed and let the Bishop know if there are any sick or who need special help. My husband and I helped with many young married and youth activities over the years. Giving service in the community and volunteering in the schools has alway been important to me and is encouraged by our leaders. As I have grown older there are still many ways I can keep active and serve. I have been able to serve in some of our Temples and in our Family History Centers. The most wonderful way I can continue to serve and live my faith has been to go on the missions I have already mentioned. The first one with my husband, when we retired, was to South Africa for eighteen months. We worked in the Townships with the members, teaching them about Jesus Christ and helping and loving them. The second mission was with my sister. We served two years in East Germany with the young people, helping the young missionaries teach about Jesus Christ and loving and serving the members there. But the best way I can live my faith is to continue to be "an example of the believers" in word and deed, loving and caring for all of Heavenly Father's children by following the example of Jesus Christ.