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Hi I'm Jamie Cropper

I love to play water polo, coach swimming and eat jalapeno cheese bagels. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California until I decided to move to Utah to get an education after graduating high school. Growing up in California was a wonderful experience. I would often have the chance to share what Mormons believe at school and at work. I have always been interested to see how people react when you tell them that you are a Mormon. From some you get looks of surprise, others you get looks of confusion, and occasionally you get looks of disgust. The thing is that once you meet a Mormon, their "strange ways" don't really seem so strange anymore. The standards that Mormons uphold set them apart but we are just normal people trying to become better. By no stretch of the imaginations are Mormons perfect. We are normal people trying to live in the same way that our perfect Savior did. Yes, I am a Mormon but I am also a sister, a daughter, a water polo player, a food lover, a friend, a bookworm, and so many other things. I love jalapeno cheese bagels, my dog, taking naps, jumping on trampolines and going to the beach. But I also absolutely love being Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

Something I am always asked is (as a Mormon) what are you not allowed to do? What are the rules you have to obey? My response is always a little different but usually I try to communicate this: I am not being forced to do anything. I live the standards of the Church because I have been asked to uphold them but more importantly I live the standards because they make me happy. I'm not saying it has been all sunshine and butterflies, in fact sometimes it is really hard to do what you know is right, but by living my life in a way that is directed by modern day prophets and revelation, I know that my life has meaning. I also know that I am never alone in overcoming difficulties associated with obedience. My Savior is the most important person in my life. Without him, I wouldn't be able to tie my shoes. I'm not a perfect person but through Christ I can become more perfect and eventually return to live with God again. Christ is the reason why I am a Mormon and the reason I am so happy.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every single day. I go to church every Sunday with the hopes of becoming a better person but living my faith extends into my everyday life as well. I'm a swim coach. It requires a lot of patience but the job is also extremely rewarding. I constantly remind myself to try and be kind and loving just like my Savior would be when I am dealing with my swimmers. I love teaching people and seeing that light click on in their heads when they finally understand something. I was also recently called as a missionary. I believe that this call will help to strengthen my convictions and provide others with the opportunity to feel the happiness and joy that I find in my Savior also. For the most part, I live my faith by trying to be a little bit better each day by serving those around me.