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Hi I'm Jackie

I'm a mom and a grandmother. I'm a Master Naturalist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love learning...about anything. I've had numerous "careers" from marketing, advertising, writing, teaching...but my favorite is homemaker and mom/grandma. At 40 years old, I went to back to college so I could be a substitute teacher. I continue to take classes on all sorts of things that interest me....quilting, Zumba, cooking, water aerobics, wildlife science and belly dancing. My only regret is that life's too short to learn EVERYTHING. My most recent accomplishment is earning my Advanced Indiana Master Naturalist. To maintain my ranking, every year I'm required to take 8 hours of educational training and serve 30 hours as a volunteer. I teach children from kindergarten through high school about Indiana's natural resources and preserving our area's lakes and wetland habitats. My husband of 32 years (a non-member) and enjoy traveling and hiking with our 2 children and their 5 kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I was reared in a non-practicing Methodist family. As my grandmother aged and was unable to drive herself to church on Sundays, I started to take her. I was a divorced mother with a toddler son. I became involved in the Methodist church but refused to become a member as it just didn't feel right. My ex-husband and I remarried five years after our divorce and had a second child. I continued to attend Sunday services with my grandmother. One hot Saturday afternoon two young men stopped at our house and wanted to share a message. We lived on a busy street and it was not unusual for missionaries from all religions to knock on our door but something told me that I should listen to these two guys. I made an appointment and met with the missionaries. After taking the discussions, I was baptized 2 months later. What the missionaries taught me "clicked". I had no problem accepting that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are two different people. I read the Book of Mormon and knew it was the word of God. I knew that it had been translated by a prophet, Joseph Smith. The only belief I had issues with was a prophet today. Why not? But how do I know if this man is the ONE? I went to General Conference. When then-President Benson came to the podium, I knew. Twenty two years later, I still know the gospel is true. I know that Jesus is the Savior of the world. He died for me and now he lives for me. We are led today by a different prophet/president but the gospel principles remain the same today as they were when the Savior walked on the earth.

How I live my faith

I have served in several callings in the church. I've taught the little children and I've taught adults. I visit monthly with several sisters and shut-ins. I currently work in the women's organization teaching homemaking skills, personal development and organizing service projects for community groups. (We've made layettes for the maternity ward of our local hospital, quilts for hurricane victims in Haiti, collecting toiletries for the battered women's center, care boxes for service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan and pillowcases for children with cancer at a regional children's hospital.) I volunteer at local elementary schools, state parks, soil and water division of the USDA and other natural resources groups.