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Hi I'm Jade

I grew up in Oregon. I love black and white film. I'm a late merger. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a smaller, blue-collar town in Oregon. I'm in the middle of five siblings and I have fantastic memories of family vacations, reunions, holidays, birthdays, and summer storms in Arizona. Growing up, I loved my life and always felt lucky to be alive. I am a hopeful person and believe that it matters less how many times we fail and more how deal with our failures. I've had the chance to live in many countries and I want the same for my kids because I think understanding other cultures helps bring our perspective closer to how God sees us. Maybe if they see how big the world is and how many ways there are to live a good life, it will help them be less concerned with high-school ridiculousness.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer is that my parents are members of the Church and I was born into it, but I think it's a happy coincidence. Had I not been born into the Church, I'd like to think that I would have found it somehow. Mormonism claims to be the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Either that's true or it isn't. If it isn't, then at least there are 15 million misguided people throughout the world living pretty good lives and generally contributing to humanity. But if it is true, then it's true for everyone and it means that God loves us, that we are here for a reason, and that our lives are precious. I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy and it forces me to be honest. True happiness and growth requires integrity - I can't get away with stuff.

How I live my faith

Every aspect of my life is informed by my faith. Sometimes people think of religion as a narrowly-defined set of rules and an expectation that followers follow blindly. But I think of Mormonism less as a religion and more as the truth about life - things as they really are, as they have been, as they will be. So with this perspective, all of my thoughts and actions are influenced by my faith. Sometimes it's hard to do the right thing, but I know from experience that right actions will yield happiness and knowledge. One of my favorite people once said, "When you are considering doing something, never ask yourself, 'Do I feel like doing this?' Ask yourself if it's right. If it's right, you do it no matter what you feel like." I have four boys. Parenting kids is hard, especially when they're small. But my understanding of the purpose of life informs my decision to have children, in spite of inconvenience, financial burdens, etc. I know that life can be difficult and sometimes seems incredibly unfair. But I also know that God loves us, He is aware of us, and that we will be judged according to what we've been given, and when we look back upon our life, it will seem like just a blip in the eternal spectrum.