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Hi I'm Jacey

I am a missionary in the Dominican Republic. I have been a foster sister to 26 foster siblings. I love politics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family has been doing foster care since I was 5 years old. It has been the hardest and most rewarding experience in my entire life. Foster care increased my testimony of family and that the individual worth of souls is so great. My experience with foster care has made me into the person I am today. I just finished my third semester of college at Idaho State University, studying Political Science and English. I have a great love of learning and I hope to one day make a difference with the knowledge I am working hard to gain. To my surprise, in the October 2012 session of General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced that women could serve a mission at age 19. I am 19 and felt immediately that this was something I was supposed to do. Leaving behind my family and my political and educational affiliations was a difficult decision to make but "...He never said it would be easy, he only said it would be worth it." Since then, I have received my mission call and I am preparing to serve in the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo West Mission. I am very excited to serve the people of the Dominican Republic and I am so grateful for this wonderful opportunity.

Why I am a Mormon

I have chosen to be a member of this church because I know, without a doubt, that it is true. When I was 14 years old, my family took a trip to Nauvoo, Illinois to visit the church sites. We learned all about Joseph Smith and the early saints who sacrificed so much to live the gospel. On this trip, my parents encouraged us to study the gospel out in our minds and keep the theme, "I Know for Myself" in mind as we were trying to gain testimonies. With that thought in my mind, I prayed and studied. As I walked through the streets of Nauvoo and felt the spirit of the Saints who once lived there, I knew this gospel was something special. I had a similar recent experience this last summer as my family went to New York and visited the Sacred Grove. This was the place where the Prophet, Joseph Smith was visited by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and this was the beginning of the gospel being restored to this earth. As I sat in the Sacred Grove, there was no denying the truthfulness of the gospel in its fullness. I knew that Joseph Smith really did see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in that grove of trees. I know that he translated the Book of Mormon and that it is another testament of Jesus Christ. I know that I am a Child of God and that Heavenly Father loves me. I know that families can be together forever through the blessings of the temple. I know that Thomas S. Monson is an actual prophet on the earth today and that the gives us direction and council from Heavenly Father. I know that Heavenly Father answers prayers and that he is always on our side. I know that the Plan of Salvation is real and that our existence does not end at death. I know that we can live again with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ if we follow their council and direction. This gospel is true. "I know it, I live it, I love it" :)

How I live my faith

Currently, I am living my faith by preparing to devote 18 months of my life to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I also plan to devote the rest of my life to the gospel even after my mission. I am currently serving in my home ward as a Sunday School teacher. I love teaching people about church and about the truths of the gospel. I think an important part of living my faith is by doing the little things each and everyday that build my testimony. I enjoy saying my prayers, studying my scriptures, going to the temple, attending my church meetings, etc. I am the oldest of 6 children and I love to share the gospel with my younger siblings and learn from their testimonies.