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Hi I'm Jamie Ann

I was in the US Army from 2006 to 2008 and am now medically retired. I read and write in all my spare time now. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was a soldier in the US Army from July 13, 2006 to June 25, 2008. I am now a disabled veteran and medically retired. I am 25 years old and after my first six months in the Army I quit attending church and put my faith on the back burner. After two serious but failed relationships I finally realized that I can not serve Heavenly Father an ultimatum but instead have to follow Him and His plan. I am in the repentance process and have decided to put my mission papers in next year in May 2013, why am I waiting so long?, I have braces and expect them to be removed at that point and will be able to serve a mission then. I am not perfect and I have made my share of mistakes but I would do it all over again because the lessons I have learned from those mistakes have changed my perspective and who I am and has helped my testimony grow beyond what I ever thought possible. I love to laugh and after nearly five years of not laughing I have finally found that girl I lost when I left the church and she's more amazing than ever before. I am that girl, only older and wiser now. I am a victim of sexual assault and struggled for a long time to forgive those who harmed me. I struggled with the knowledge that I had been a victim and overcoming the guilt. I pray daily for strength and patience and guidance to handle all things in my life. I suffer daily with pain from injuries I got in the Army but know they are my pains to bear and I will survive and endure as that is all He has asked of me!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church but had to suffer through sins and mistakes to build my testimony. I lived off of what I've come to call "Borrowed Light", as in I lived through other's testimony. But because of the sins and mistakes I have made I have learned many valuable lessons and understand better the Atonement of Jesus Christ and why he sacrificed everything for us. The foundation of my testimony is the Atonement and I KNOW without a doubt that I will forever be in Jesus Christ debt for the sacrifice He made for me. He gave everything he had to die for us and take on our sins. I KNOW the church is true and it has not been easy to come to that knowledge. Every step I have taken in life has led to this moment. I believe all I have been taught and I know that one day I will kneel at the feet of Jesus and touch his feet and hands and know that those scars were made because of my sins. He is an awesome savior and I am so very glad that I could be raised in the knowledge that I can be forgiven. I have been forgiven. My journey is not over but has only just begun and I know I will face many more trials and temptations. I am a Mormon because for me anything else would not make sense. I KNOW what I know and I know that everything the Church teaches is true and our leaders were called of God to lead us in these Latter days.

How I live my faith

I attend my Sundays meetings. I served in my wards Nursery (toddlers aged 18 months to 3 years) and loved learning from them. I served as the Laurels (Young Women aged 16 to 18) president. I do all I can through social media to lead others by my example. I move around a lot so I very rarely hold callings in the Church but when I do serve I know it is from God. I read my scriptures and the Ensign (one of our church magazines) and I write in a journal daily and pray often. I counsel friends who are going through trials and know, through prayer, that my words and counsel are words that I am prompted to say from God. I help my family when they are in need and do all I can to help in the community where ever I may be.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jamie Ann
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is His sacrifice for us so that we could be forgiven and that we could have repentance. In one of my favorite songs, (I Stand All Amazed) the words say all I need to know about His atonement and sacrifice for us. It says: "1. I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me, Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me. I tremble to know that for me he was crucified, That FOR ME, A SINNER, HE SUFFERED, HE BLED and DIED. [Chorus] Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me Enough to die for me! Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me! 2. I marvel that he should descend from his throne divine To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine, That he should extend his great love unto such as I, Sufficient to own, to redeem and to justify. [Chorus] 3. I think of his hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt! Such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget? No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat, Until at the glorified throne I kneel at his feet. [Chorus] Text and music: Charles H. Gabriel, 1856-1932 Those words say everything to me about His suffering and through that suffering we can be whole again and redeemed by his sacrifice. He gave all for us so that we could live. The atonement is something we may not fully understand in our life here on earth but I do know that through His Atonement I am renewed again with the Lord even after all the mistakes I have made in my own life. Show more Show less