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Hi I'm Jaclyn

I'm from Alberta. I have a degree in piano and I'm a programmer. I like fancy cheese, cheap candy, and the Internet. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

When I was in high school, I completed my Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto in Piano Performance. In university, I decided that I wanted to study science. I started out in chemistry and worked in a lab for a few summers, then switched to programming. I love using computers to solve organizational problems and research Alzheimer's disease. I served my mission in Halifax, Canada and there I acquired a love of getting to know people who are different than me. I enjoy having my ideas challenged and discovering new interests as the result of learning people's stories. I'm also a collector of random trivia, and I love to write about my jumbled thoughts on all these issues whenever I can. I have depression, and I try to be an advocate for mental health both in and out of the Church. On my worst days it traps me in bed all day, and on my best days it makes me appreciate my life that much more. I'm married to a fantastic husband who I fall in love with every day. He sticks with me through good times and bad, and he finds the bugs in my code when I get stuck. He's my favorite!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because this Church has helped me to draw closer to Jesus Christ. I know that he is my Redeemer and Savior, and that it is through his Atonement that I can repent and become perfected. I believe that this church is Jesus' church restored to the earth again. Through his authority, I know that a prophet leads and guides the Church today, and I have been so blessed by hearing and following his counsel. Whenever I'm sad, or worried, or something's going wrong, I can see the hand of God in my life, guiding me and comforting me. When I read the scriptures, it becomes clear to me that the Spirit is testifying of their truthfulness. I'm really grateful to be able to be able to feel how much the Lord loves me, and to be able to pray and receive guidance and direction when I have a decision to make.

How I live my faith

Recently I've been working on living my faith through trying to be compassionate. No matter what choices someone makes or which opinions they hold, we can all learn from each other, help each other, and find ways to get along. I try to follow Christ's example in this endeavor and lean on him during all the moments where I can't do this perfectly. In quieter ways, I've been trying to refocus on daily scripture study and prayer. Taking the time each day to commune with God and feel the Holy Spirit's direction in my life helps me remember to be an everyday Christian and not just a Sunday Christian.

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely. We believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. We believe that he atoned for our sins in Gethsemane, and that he died on the cross so that we can all have eternal life. Everything that our Church teaches leads us to become closer to Jesus, and to become more like him. We follow his example by being baptized; we try to follow his example and become like him as we keep his commandments; we repent through his Atonement when we make mistakes; and we hope to be able to live with him someday. We pray in his name. We teach our children about him. The Book of Mormon is subtitled "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." I can't think of a single thing in the Church that is not ultimately designed to strengthen our relationship with Christ and to help us be saved through him. I love Jesus Christ. I strive to follow him. I am a Christian, and I am a Mormon. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are just like other women! My friends do all sorts of different things with their lives. Some are in medical school, while others are studying dance. I have friends who are married with children, and I have friends who are single and in graduate school. All of them find opportunities to lead and serve in the Church, be involved in their community, and pursue what makes them happy. A lot of people think we must not be equal because we don't have the priesthood, but that's not true at all. We're different, but we're not unequal. The priesthood can only be used to serve, and not to put men in positions of power or dominion over women. I have personally seen the importance of women in Church organizations, and I feel really blessed to have so many examples in my family of men who respect and honor their wives, and who make decisions with them as equal partners. So much of the world today degrades and objectifies women. By contrast, our Church teaches that women are daughters of God; that our worth isn't measured by what are bodies are like, but by our divine heritage and the value of our soul. In the Young Women's program, we are taught about things like divine nature and individual worth, lessons that extend into our adult life. In my experience, the Church empowers women to believe in themselves, and to live up to their potential. It is a message of hope and love that testifies of our potential and our value in the Kingdom of God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We believe that baptism is a saving ordinance. Jesus himself was baptized, and we believe that we must all follow his example. However, if baptism could only be done during this life, that would be unfair to the millions of people who lived and died without the opportunity to be baptized. The Lord would not deny this opportunity to millions of his children because of their circumstance of birth; it is only fair that everyone could have the choice to be baptized or not. So, baptism for the dead allows everyone this choice. When someone is baptized for the dead, that doesn't automatically "make" them be baptized; rather, they have the choice to accept or reject that baptism, just as you would if I asked you if you want to be baptized. Because we don't know who will accept this choice, we perform baptism for the dead for everyone, so that everyone can make their own decision. Show more Show less