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Hi I'm Jamie

Hi. I grew up in Wyoming. I teach Kindergarten. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Wyoming. I was just like any other kid. I liked playing outside, going to the park, watching Disney movies, and spending time with friends. After graduating from high school, I went to Brigham Young University to study Elementary Education. Within this new location, I learned just how differently I did grow up from those of my faith. As a child, my parents unfortunately separated. I grew up as an only child with my mother and closeby grandparents. I became unavoidably aware of the fact that my upbringing was not the same as those with intact and large families. One day, while walking on BYU campus, I stopped at my "study" tree. There I sat down and thought about the feeling of being "different", and realized my background would only define me the way that I would chose to let it. Not long after, I felt a calming sense that among all people here on earth, we have so many things in common. While on the surface things may appear to be "different", we share with others in our challenges, faith, kindness, sorrow, and happiness. After completing my studies at BYU, I have been employed as a Kindergarten teacher. I enjoy working with children, listening to audio books, watching movies, talking with friends, going for walks, and eating chocolate chip cookies.

Why I am a Mormon

I remember a specific experience my junior year of high school. After an injury to my left leg, I was told that I would lose significant feeling and ultimately the ability to walk. At this time, I was able to clearly identify why I was a Mormon. Experiences and challenges in life will come to each of us. We will all face them, we will all respond to them, and we will all learn from them. But, what I realized was that preparation for these experiences is essential. As I learn and apply the things I have been taught from the doctrines of my faith, a calming sense of peace and direction has come to guide me to fulfill my purpose in all situations.

How I live my faith

I have a quote on my bathroom mirror that says, "The best and most clear indicator that we are progressing spiritually and coming unto Christ is the way we treat other people." I believe that as I participate in the daily practices of my worship, I treat those around me differently and more selflessly. I am more readily aware to help those around me and more cautious about the way that I speak to and treat others. I find that I am more able to strengthen and support others because I have personal confidence as I exercise my faith. Specifically as I build relationships with those around me, read my scriptures, pray to my Heavenly Father, and attend the Temple.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Temples appear among many different areas, both inside and outside of the United States. And while they are in different locations, the ordinances that are performed therein are those that help to unite families together, provide baptism for those who did not have the opportunity on earth, and strengthen individual faith. Those that are temple worthy members of the LDS faith may participate in these sacred ordinances. President Packer said, "Clearly there is much difference between treating something as sacred and keeping something secret....If 'secret' means that others are permanently prevented from knowing of them, then secret is the wrong word. These things are sacred." Show more Show less