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Hi I'm Jacquie

I'm a daughter and a sister, an avid book reader and elephant lover. I'm a bit weird. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My first name is French, my last name is Spanish but I speak Bulgarian. Family is everything to me and I'm always striving to be more like my darling parents and four older brothers. Throughout the years I've lost a lot of people that I love. It made me start questioning the purpose of this life from a young age. I decided if I was going to be a Mormon I better understand why, and that included figuring out how my faith in God could help me deal with the struggles my family faced. That's why religion has always been such a huge part of my life- I needed it. I recently served a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Bulgaria, a country the size of Tennessee that you've probably only heard of if you've read Harry Potter. Apart from my family my mission in Bulgaria is my favorite gift God has ever given me. Ask me about it only if you have hours to spare. Living on my own as a fairly recently-made adult can be a bit crazy at times but I know I'll always be able to count on my friends, running, reading, drawing, Mexican food and most importantly my faith to keep me in check. In a couple years I'll graduate from Brigham Young University with a degree in Nursing, because I'm really only happy when I'm doing things for other people. I'm also a Mormon and that makes me happy too.

Why I am a Mormon

I was once flying home and started a conversation with the man sitting next to me on the plane. The topic shifted to religion and he asked how I liked being Mormon. I grinned, I couldn't help it. Because the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is centered on Jesus Christ and His teachings, I could honestly tell the man that I choose to remain a member of the church because it teaches me how to find answers to all of my questions straight from God, and shows me how I can become the person I never thought I could be. Because of the gospel of Jesus Christ I know where I come from and where I am going. I know who I am. With all the noise and distractions and discouragements in life, we can feel directionless, like we have no purpose other than to live and die and be done. But what the world is telling us is wrong. We are divine and we are loved. To the lost and lonely, the confused, the proud, the broken or bent, I invite you to come. Come and feel the love of your Heavenly Father and His Son. Come to Him and be whole, come to be healed. Come home.

How I live my faith

Faith in God really is a principle of action. For 18 months I got up everyday and dedicated my whole self to serving the people of Bulgaria as a missionary. I did it because I knew the only way to find lasting happiness in this life and the next comes through our Savior Jesus Christ. I was able to put away my life for a moment to help others find theirs. But now I'm back in America where my day to day thoughts are filled with blood pressure readings and pathophysiology and tests, work and bills, running, food, friends, family...the list goes on. The point is I now need my faith in a different way, and at times it is a lot harder. It requires me to search for ways I can invite God into my life. Now I live my faith by studying from the scriptures everyday, attending church every Sunday and then striving to apply what I learn throughout the week, paying tithing, serving those around me. I live my faith by choosing to do the things I know will make God happy instead of what's comfortable, or accepted. Sometimes it's difficult being different from the norm and it takes courage to disagree with friends, but I've never regretted being true to what I know is right. The gospel is all about choices, and I strive to choose good every day, in every decision because I feel closer to my Savior when I do.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Jacquie
The actions and lifestyle of faithful Mormons are determined by our knowledge of who we are, where we came from, and where we want to go after this life. As members of the church we are taught to study the scriptures daily and pray often as families and as individuals so that we can better understand God as our Eternal Father. We strive to be giving and Christlike, centering our lives on the love of people around us and inviting others to do the same because we are commanded to be as Christ is. How do Mormons live? We live in faith that God is always near us and that living righteously will bring our families eternal joy. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Jacquie
Just like the prophets of the Holy Bible, God has called prophets in the ancient Americas to write a religious record. This record was given to, and translated by, the prophet Joseph Smith in the 1800s. The Book of Mormon has many prophetic authors whose words were directed by the Lord to guide us in these latter days. We are the last dispensation upon the earth and we can be guided by the direction of the prophets in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, because together they show us how to become like Christ and live with God again. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jacquie
We believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God, our Mediator with the Father, our Savior and King. We know that through Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ alone, we can find peace and lasting happiness; we can be forgiven for our imperfections and find strength in times of weakness. Jesus Christ created this Earth, He was born in a humble manger, lived a life of meekness and miracles, suffered Atonement and death, and was resurrected all in the name of His Father. The nature of Jesus Christ is defined by His charity, humility, and unfailing obedience to God. Because He felt all of our pains, weaknesses, sorrows and sins, because He was the only one to live a perfect mortal life, He alone is qualified to be our judge after this life. While He is mighty, powerful, and all-knowing, it is His meekness that we as Mormons strive to emulate in our lives. Show more Show less