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Hi I'm Jackie Wilkes

I am married and raised a family of 7 children and have been a Real Estate Agent for 20+ years. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of seven, a grandmother of 35 and a great grandmother of 15. My posterity is growing. I have been a real estate agent for the past 20+ years. I balance my time between home, family, job and church service. I am finally retired, along with my husband. My hobbies are quilting, gardening and reading and we love to travel, though we haven't done that much of it. We are Mormons. We thought we would have an adventure and go on a mission for our church. What is a mission? It is the opportunity to serve our fellow man in some way by dedicating 100% of our time doing service. This on our own dime too. We have to qualify to do that, however, by living our religion and keeping covenants that we make. Our Bishop determines if he can recommend us for service and a call is issued to us asking us to serve in a certain place in a specific capacity. It was an exciting day when our call came. Our whole family was anxious to find out where we were going. When we opened the envelope telling us the news, we could not have been happier when we found out it was to Nauvoo, Illinois. This was the beautiful city that many of our own pioneer ancestors built. Now we have been here six months and have the privilege of telling people who come to see this historic site their stories and show them the wonderful restored homes, shops and streets of Nauvoo.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly also known as Mormons. I have a strong belief in the precepts of this church. I believe it is a road map, so to speak, to helping us live a clean, productive life, avoiding the pitfalls of things I have come to believe would destroy a happy life. I spent many years as a single mom and I definitely don't know how I could have successfully raised a large family of 7 children alone without it's precepts to serve as a guide to me throughout my life. My religion leaves me no doubt which way to turn when I run into life's problems. It's hard to raise a family without a spouse to share discussions about the challenges life brings. The church helped me raise my family, the Lord has a plan we can follow if we know what it is. My faith in God gave me the strength and the answers I needed to help me with this huge task. I am grateful for those in my church who displayed interest in me and my family and our success in life. I am grateful to have found a spouse who is living his religion so that we are equally yoked in our beliefs and plan for the rest of our life. I would never have attempted to raise my family without keeping the gospel of Jesus Christ central in our lives. It was a constant guide in a confusing world. I had one son who fell away from our beliefs, but is currently coming back. I attribute that to "train up a child the way he should go and he will return to it." I am grateful for my religion and for my knowledge of it's truths.

How I live my faith

I think the best way I can live my faith is by being a good example of what we believe in. We believe in following Christ's example how he lived. Charity is the pure love of Christ. I hope I treat my fellow men in the way that would please him. I know I could do better, so I like to think I am trying. I think service is the best way we can show our love for others. I try to look for ways to serve my family, my neighbors, my church, anyone really who I might cross paths with, because everyone is our neighbor.