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Hi I'm Jackie

I was born in Scotland, grew up in Canada and now live in Georgia and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and the mom of 4 incredible children. The best part about being me is my family. I love spending time with them. We love them and their wonderful spouses that they have added to our family. Soon we will be adding our 1st and 2nd grandchild and we are very excited.When I'm not having fun with them I work at a High School in the Counseling office, and when I'm not working I love to read, sew, swim and cook. I've had several different and fun mini careers while staying home with my children.I was a disc jockey for a couple of years, I used to edit books for a literary agent and I sewed flags professionally for an international flag company. I love learning new things . Life is a journey of learning and growing and I am grateful for the encouragement we as members of the Church receive to continue to learn. The Gospel gives me the tools to succeed at life, celebrate the good things and survive the trials we all have. The hardest trial I have ever had was my mother's death. I was a young mom of 4 young children. My youngest daughter was only 5 months old and I was spinning from grief. As I look back on that time I can see how I was anchored and supported by our Savior. He truly does understand our trials and hardships and is willing and able to sustain us through the difficult ties in our lives. I am grateful for Him and a loving Heavenly Father. Life is wonderful but sometimes we have to look for the sunshine behind the clouds and the gospel helps me do that.

Why I am a Mormon

I was 6 years old when my family immigrated to Montreal, Canada. It was a hard transition for my 11 yr. old brother and I. My parents moved from a small ship building town in Scotland because they wanted to give their children a better opportunity in life. When I was 17 the Missionaries visited our home and taught my family about the Church. My cousin and I were the only 2 to join. I joined the church because of the Book of Mormon. When the Elders gave me a copy and asked me to read certain scriptures and then pray and ask if it was true I did. I remember reading one night before going to bed and then I knelt and asked if what I had been reading was true and it was an overwhelming feeling. I felt like there was someone in the room with me and that yes what I had been reading was indeed true. I knew that if I believed the Book of Mormon was true then it fell right in line that Joseph Smith also was telling the truth when he said he had seen God the Father and Jesus Christ. That was the beginning of why I am a Mormon. Over the last 30 plus years my testimony of what I was taught as a young woman has blessed me at the hardest times in life. The death of so many loved ones,including my mother, sending my sons on missions to France and Russia, living so far from my family , and just the every day struggles that come with life. It is my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that helps me know that this too will pass and there will be a reuniting with those loved ones, that as we prove ourselves worthy we will see our Father in Heaven again. All those years ago when my parents moved our family from Scotland to Canada I now know was to help us progress in eternal ways too. I feel like I've always known what I learned when I joined the Church but that I had just forgotten it and needed to be reminded. How grateful for that reminder from 2 young men serving a mission from Wyoming and West Virginia.

How I live my faith

As members of the Church we have wonderful opportunities to serve in different areas in our Wards and Stakes. A ward is like a congregation and a Stake is a group of Wards. There are many organizations to help out in and when we are "called" to a position we get to grow and serve others. Right now I am serving as a Councilor to our Ward Young Women's President. The young women in the Church are the girls between 12 and 18. I work with the 12 and 13 year old's. What a great group of girls they are. We have 11 that are almost always there. They are full of life and energy and they keep me young. No down time and lots of fun. We meet on Sundays and our lessons are about the Gospel and how they can increase their knowledge of their Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ and how they can be closer to their families. We also meet every Wednesday night for about 1 1/2 hours and we do more hands on and physical things. We meet with all of the age groups and also with the Young Men. We do service projects and crafts and sports and right now we will be working on our camping skills as we get ready for girls camp in June. I'm also a Visiting Teacher and have the best companion to visit with and the best sisters to visit. Hopefully I can help them with the tough things going on in their lives. That is what the Gospel is all about. Helping and serving those around us. We do our best to help the Missionaries serving in our area and we hopefully have been an example of the Gospel as we have served for the past 8 years in the Marching Band Booster Organization of the High School that our 2 daughters have been in . I find that we can live the gospel and serve those around us on a daily basis. A kind word, a smile, a friendly hug. Surely the Savior would do the same if he was with us as go about our lives. It is a blessing to live close to the Atlanta Temple and my husband and I try to be there as often as possible.