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Hi I'm Jackie

I grew up in Taiwan, Puerto Rico and Arizona. I am a yarn freak. I was raised with almost no religious instruction. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I believe that your outlook on life determines your quality of life and not your circumstances. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints when I was 15 years old. I now have nine children of whom two are afflicted with autism. In my spare time I enjoy reading, knitting, crocheting and FRIENDS and FAMILY. I also love to travel and to learn about the history of any place I visit. I read every plaque!

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager I had a discussion after class one day with my German teacher at school about the principle of eternal families. I had always believed in this principle, it just made sense to me. But I had never heard somebody else put that thought into words. That really piqued my interest in other teachings of the Latter-day-Saint religion. Later when I attended an LDS church service I saw a young father holding and acting very tender toward his infant son. I had never seen a father be so loving with a child in public with no apparent inhibitions. I knew then that the environment in the church was something special. After my older brother converted to the church I began having discussions with the full-time missionaries. Because I was a very stubborn teenager I refused to acknowledge that I had felt the Spirit of the Holy Ghost testify to me that the church was true and that I knew the gospel principles the missionaries taught me were true for many months. Eventually, I could not deny my desire to be a member of this church. I was baptized and have never regretted that decision. I treasure my knowledge of the truthfulness of this gospel above all other things in my life. It is what gets me through tough times and what gives me hope. I know that the Savior suffered every thing that I might suffer and that he loves me and my family no matter what our sins are and no matter what our accomplishments may be. That is a blessing to me because sometimes the world does not seem to value those who are unable to excel in something, but the Lord and our Savior always do. I testify that this is the Lord's true and restored church on the earth. I have never doubted it.

How I live my faith

Every time that I visit with someone else I feel uplifted and enlightened in some way. The longer I live, the more I love being with people. We are all individual children of God and we each have something unique to bring to the table. Because of my feelings about this my goal each day is to go to bed at night a little bit better than what I was when I woke up, to be more forgiving and to have learned something. These are some of the small ways that I try to follow Christ and to grow closer to Him.