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Hi I'm Jackie

I'm a Mormon. I became a convert when I was 26 years old. That was the best decision of my life.

About Me

I am a mother of one stepson and three daughters. I am a grandmother of one step-granddaughter, one granddaughter, and one grandson (deceased). I love to crochet afghans, and I have recently become interested in quilting which I am beginning to love as well. I love to make afghans and quilts for my family. I finished my bachelors degree and got my masters degree in my 40's. I have been divorced twice, but I do know that there is someone out there for me. I have faith that we will be brought together. I love my children and my grandchildren. They are my life, and bring joy to me every day. My grandson passed away the day he was born, and I miss him dearly. I know that we will meet one day, and I look forward to that day. My children encouraged me while I was going to school, and they are the strength that keeps me going.

Why I am a Mormon

I was always looking for something when I would go to church. I have been to several different denominations, and always I felt that there was something missing. My family moved to Utah when I was 12 years old, and I always heard about Mormons, but never went to any of the youth activities or even to their church. When I was 26 years old I met my second husband, and he was an inactive Mormon. I talked with him about his church and decided I wanted to learn more. When the missionaries came to teach me the lessons it was like a lightbulb came on above my head. I knew from the first lesson that what they were teaching was true. I started reading the Book of Mormon, and I knew I had found what was missing. When they told me about Joseph Smith I had no doubt in my mind that what they were telling me actually happened. I was baptized shortly after the missionaries began giving me the lessons. I have never regreted my decision to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that this Church is the true church of Jesus Christ. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know that Joseph Smith spoke with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the "first vision". I know that he translated the Book of Mormon from gold plates through the power of God. My testimony has never faultered, but only gotten stronger over the years.

How I live my faith

I cannot go out and visit some of the women in our ward because of my job, but I am able to send them notes once a month. I miss seeing them, but I still want them to know that I love them and am still here if they need me. I love sending little messages from the scriptures with the monthly newsletter. I teach the 5 & 6 year olds. They are a wonderful bunch of kids. They remind me of my children when they were that young. I love preparing the lessons for them, and the little things that we do that make the lesson fun for them. Sometimes I wonder why I was asked to teach these young children, because I do not feel adquate. Then I remember that we are called to do things not just for those we do for, but so that we can learn as well. These children teach me in so many ways. I am grateful that I have the honor of being their teacher. I also learn something from every lesson I teach them. I really do enjoy going to church. I do not know everyone in my ward, but I still feel like they are my family. No matter what I organization in church I work with, I always fell welcome and loved. We are a diverse group of people, but we come together as a family every Sunday at church activities. I have felt that way in every ward I have been a member of in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I try and live my life the way I am directed by the gospel. No matter what I am doing or where I am at I live the standards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. People may not know what church I belong to, but they do know by my actions that I live by a set of unique standards. I want to be an example of a believer to all who know me.