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Hi I'm Jacquie

I'm a South Jersey Girl who loves school, rocks, and bellydance. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Southern New Jersey, which is probably the greatest place in the world. My family (both LDS and non-LDS) has deep old roots in this region, and living here makes doing family history all the more interesting! I recently graduated from Princeton University where I studied Geosciences. I'm a huge nerd for rocks! There's nothing like discovering a part of earth's history from something that so many people merely overlook. Outside of academics, I love bellydance, wearing giant earrings, all things Harry Potter, crocheting, and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

There is a spiritual element to human existence that cannot be explained by the knowledge of man alone, no matter how advanced or enlightened it is. I am a Mormon because I've seen enough in my own life and the lives of those around me to know that living the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, brings lasting understanding, comfort, and ultimate happiness that cannot be found outside of this gospel.

How I live my faith

To me, living my faith means doing everything I can to emulate my savior Jesus Christ. Being raised in a place where Mormons are few and far between, being a member of the church means having constant opportunities to share my beliefs with others through what I say and do. The best way to share the influence of the gospel is by showing love to those I interact with and keeping the covenants and standards given to me by my Heavenly Father through His scriptures and living prophets. Most recently, I've chosen to spend 18 months serving as a full-time missionary. Missionary work has taught me that we can always feel more of the Savior's influence in our lives by making him and his gospel a priority.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jacquie
Many people assume that Mormons are mindless followers. Ironically, these people are often the ones who mindlessly hate us without even trying to understand our religion. When people use the word cult, it is most often because cult is merely the most convenient name to call "A religion that I don't understand and therefore assume is crazy". While some of our practices may not be mainstream in Christianity, Mormonism is not dangerous or scary. You will not be brainwashed, lose your free will, or be expected to worship anything other than our Heavenly father and Jesus Christ. Don't be scared by name-calling! Classifying by definition, If Mormonism is a cult, then so are most of the other major world religions. Show more Show less