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Hi I'm Jackie

I'm a midwest girl with a love for music, tiny animals, and Harry Potter. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 22 year old from St. Louis, Missouri. I am the oldest of three brothers and one sister. I love making music, whether I'm singing, playing the piano, or plucking the five chords I know on the ukulele; and my taste for music spans a wide and diverse range from Mozart to 60's folk rock to Vampire Weekend. This passion of mine led to my current endeavor in working towards a double major in Elementary Music Education and Elementary Education. My plan for after I graduate is to teach in an inner-city school and build a music program. I strongly believe in the power of music and the influence it has over one, and my goal is to create both a passion for and a sense of belonging through music for my students. Aside from being a lover of music, I'm also an animal lover that follows more animals on Instagram than humans. I love getting lost in books, and I have read the Harry Potter series more times than I can count. I love going on spontaneous adventures, and spending time in the outdoors. Nothing makes me more happy though, than being with my friends and family. I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in the changing and healing power of the Atonement. I have been born and raised as a Mormon, but I have always felt that it was my choice to believe. I continue to be a member of this church because I believe in Jesus Christ. My belief and faith in Jesus Christ has come from in depth studying of his word (the scriptures) and then seeing his hand in my own life, as well as countless others. Christ lived among men, suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, and died on the cross so that we may live with him and our Heavenly Father once again. He died for us so that we will never have to go through this life completely alone. He suffered for our pains, weaknesses, sins, physical pain, sorrows, feelings of inadequacy, lonliness, sickness, and what may seem like the smallest of problems. My testimony of this especially grew from reading Isaiah chapter 53. The whole chapter is beautiful but I especially love the following verses: 4. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. "All we like sheep have gone astray." No matter what we have done, Christ's arm is always extended. He is always offering us a way back. It may not be easy, but through the Atonement, Christ shares our burdens. Even when it seems like all is lost, through Christ nothing is. This is why I am a Mormon. The Gospel of Jesus Christ allows me to feel pure joy through repentance and faith in Him. I know Christ died for us and I know that he now lives for us and loves us with an infinite love.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by everyday trying to make a conscious effort to be close to Christ. Through personal prayer and scripture study, I can come to know Christ by learning more about him. The more I learn I about him, the more I am able to emulate him in my thoughts, actions, and desires. One of my favorite ways to live my faith is through music. I feel closest to Christ when I am singing praises to him. Whether it's Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, or the simple hymns found in the hymnbook, I come to know more of who he is, and by singing it to audiences, I can help others come to know him as I know him. Hymns were written by real people who have gone through real trials that have experienced the real Atonement. I feel that the words written combined with music can express what words alone cannot. I also live my faith by trying to view others as Christ sees them. When I remember that everyone is children of Heavenly Father and that everyone has their own individual challenges, it is so much easier to be Christ like to them. To sum up, I believe that faith is action. Because I have faith in Jesus Christ, I want to live my life like him and become as he is.