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Hi I'm Jackie.

I love to cook. I am creative. I am a mother. I am from Tempe, Arizona and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have an associate’s degree in education. I served a mission in Caracas, Venezuela and developed a strong love for the Venezuelan people while learning Spanish and teaching of Jesus Christ. I have been married for 8 years to be my best friend. I have 3 young children and love being a mother. I strongly believe that motherhood is the most important job in the world and I highly value the time I spend with my kids. Together the kids and I enjoy checking out museums, libraries, thrift stores, & doing crafts. Recently, as a family, we have been experimenting with gardening, as well as, cultivating and harvesting a date palm. I find that when my family works together, whether on projects around the house or providing service to others, we are brought closer together and have a greater sense of love felt in our home. There are many things I like to do when I have a moment to myself. I love to sew, especially quilts. I enjoy craft projects made from things lying around the house. I also love to cross-stitch, and crochet . Many of these things my mother taught me when I was younger. In addition to these crafts, I love to work in the kitchen, especially cooking anything sweet. I also enjoy canning and preserving food. My favorite thing is canning meat. I have had many church responsibilities throughout the years. I currently serve as a Sunday School teacher for the 1-3 years old. It makes me happy to teach them the stories of Jesus and to see their faith in Him grow.

Why I am a Mormon

•I know that I am a daughter of God and that he knows me personally and loves me. •I know that God has a plan for me. •I know that Jesus suffered and died for me, and through his sacrifice I can repent of my sins every day. •I know that if I make good choices, and continually strive to follow Christ, that I can someday return to live with God •I know that families can be together forever. I know that marriages performed in the Temple allow us to be married for Time and all Eternity, and not “till death do we part.” I am thankful that my family is eternal and that I can live with them again after death. This life is not the end. •I know that God continues to speak and has called prophets and apostles on the earth today just as he always has in the past to help lead us through the evil and darkness found in the world. •I know God hears and answers prayers, although at times the answers have not been what was expected. •I feel peace and happiness when I study the Bible and Book of Mormon and strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ. There is a passage of scripture near the end of the Book of Mormon that says: “And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” I have prayed about The Book of Mormon and have felt the spirit of God confirm to me the truth of it through feelings of joy and peace. I know that God knows each of us personally and is willing to answer each of our prayers if we will sincerely ask, with faith and have a real desire to know the truth.

How I live my faith

I strive to follow the example of my Savior Jesus Christ. My goal everyday is to be a good example to those around me. I have learned the best way to live my faith is to serve others. By reading from the Bible or Book of Mormon each day I feel the strength of the prophets long ago and get closer to God. I find that attending church every week helps my family remember Jesus and feel of his spirit by partaking of the sacrament. Going to church every week also helps me to grow spiritually as I learn from the lessons that are taught and the examples of others there. I like to be happy, because I have a lot to be happy about. Being Mormon is who I am, and has helped me to bring Christ into every part of my life.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Jackie.
Being self-reliant gives a feeling of security and peace. I have had many opportunities to build up food storage for my family. It is a lot of fun to see all the food pile up. It makes me feel good to see food that I have processed or canned sitting on the shelf waiting to be used. A few years ago I had a great food storage. I had lots of canned meat, fruit, jams, canned veggies, chili, spaghetti, muffin mixes, etc. It was very rewarding to see all of this come together. And then we kind of ran into hard times, not that they were bad, but we were unsure if or when we would get a paycheck. Then my husband was laid off. Well this food storage has got us through those hard times and we didn’t have to worry if we were going to eat or not, we always had something to eat. That experience was a couple of years ago and we are still getting by on a small budget. I can’t wait to build up my food storage again, and to know that my family will be ok in other hard times. Some may think that it is hard work to build food storage, but it is really easy. Plan out some menus, and then just pick up one or two extra things for those recipes each time that you go to the store. It may seem like a small thing, but you will eventually see it grow and feel how satisfying it really is. I know that it is important to have a food storage so that we can be prepared for any emergency that might come our way. I feel at peace when I have my food storage in place. Show more Show less