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Hi I'm Jackie.

I grew up in Virginia and Washington State. I'm a wife and a mother, and I love it. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spend most of my days trying to keep my sanity while parenting my two toddlers. I used to just be a stay-at-home mom, but I'm working a little right now, to try and help out my family in these tough times. I love movies and tend to collect blu-rays. Action and Comedy are my favorite. Bones is definitely my favorite TV show right now, but Raising Hope and Modern Family are close runners-up. I have a REALLY strong desire to try out for The Amazing Race with my husband. I love all kinds of music. I used to play guitar a lot and was even in a rock band for a little while. Things have toned down since I've been a Mommy, though. Can't say I've picked up my guitar in about a year. It's on my to-do list. My ideal day consists of staying in my pajamas until 3, at which point I'll get dressed to go see a movie in the theater. The time before 3 would be spent lounging around, playing video games with my family (if my kids would let me hold the controller). I'm a pretty lazy person. I'm a homebody, too. I have no problem staying inside my house for days at a time, whereas everyone else would go crazy. I guess I'm pretty laid-back.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents split up when I was one. They were catholic, so I was "sprinkled" as a baby. But then my mom decided to explore different churches. I remember going to all kinds of different, interesting places on Sundays. But we never really stuck with any one church for very long. And then when I was eight years old, the missionaries knocked on our door. My mom had never heard of the Mormon church, and she was very interested in it, so she invited the missionaries in. They taught us, and we were happy to listen. Of course, since I was so young, I was more interested in being bounced on the missionaries' feet. I remember them being extremely friendly, and I remember only good feelings when they would visit. So we were all baptized that year (my mom, my brother, and me). We went to church for about a year, but then times got rough, and we didn't go for about a year. But we picked it back up again, and I've never been truly inactive in the church since. I have never once doubted the truthfulness of this church. Ever since I was eight, I've trusted in the feelings I get when I go to church. I have gone to other churches since joining this one, and I always see a huge difference in the Holy Spirit when I do. For example, I have been to a funeral led by a minister (I'm not sure exactly what church he was from), and there was a distinct absence in the Spirit there. I just felt nothing. I have also been to a funeral with an LDS member leading. The difference is extreme. It is really hard to describe the feelings you get from the Holy Ghost. All I know is, I like those feelings, and I want to try to keep them as long as possible. That's what I strive for.

How I live my faith

I am currently a Sunday School teacher for the 8- to 12-year-old girls. This proved to be quite challenging at first, since there are sometimes 10 of them there at once, and they really love to chat. But I think they've grown to respect me a little, and I think they're actually learning something useful every Sunday, and that's all I can ask for. This year, they've been learning all about the life and purpose of Jesus Christ. My husband is a leader in our ward, so I help out a bit with that, too. Like if he decides to put together a ward party, guess who's baking a whole bunch of goodies? Yup, that would be me. It does require some teamwork for him to do his calling, but I prayed about being a good supporter when he first got this calling, and I really haven't had trouble doing that yet. That's definitely God answering my prayers.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jackie.
Everyone needs to be baptized by the proper authority (someone who holds the priesthood). That's just the way it is; there's no way around it. But it just isn't realistic for everyone who has ever lived on Earth to be baptized. Some people die without ever hearing that this church exists, and then there were the dark ages, when the church didn't even exist on the Earth. So that's why we do baptisms for the dead, as we call them. The ceremony is identical to someone living getting baptized, except the words are changed to refer to the deceased person, and someone else is dunked in the water in their stead. This is also why Mormons tend to be pretty obsessed with genealogy; in order to baptize a person who has died, we need to know their names and when and where they were born and died. There is no way we are ever going to completely baptize all the people who have ever lived on Earth; there just isn't enough time, and some records have been lost forever (or never taken). So when Jesus comes again and we're living in the Millennium, we'll be doing a whole bunch of baptisms for the dead. It is also important to note that nobody is baptized against their will. Everyone has the opportunity to accept or reject what has been done for them on Earth. Show more Show less