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Hi I'm Jacey

I love to laugh. I'm a recent college graduate. I want to travel the world. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I spent all of my growing up years in the Chicagoland area and loved the cold winters, hot and humid summers, and big city life. I began to discover my love for music and books. I enjoyed any opportunity to spend time with my family; watching more of my brothers' sports matches than I can even count! As I got older, I spent hours every week practicing the flute and started playing badminton. I eventually moved away to go to college and found myself without my big city, without my family, without music and books (only my textbooks to keep me company now). During some indecisive semesters and with a lot of introspection, I eventually decided to study geography. I love learning about places and cultures and discovering why a place is the way it is. I want to travel the world someday and see all the places I have learned about over the years. With several lifelong friends as my constant support and strength from my family, I was able to finally feel at home in a place that used to be just a temporary residence. I just recently graduated from college, hopefully more mature and with a better vision of who I want to become. I have been married for just over a year and I have found so much joy in marriage. One day I hope to be a mom and to be able to share with my kids the joy I have found in my life through my Savior Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have felt the Love of my Heavenly Father in my life. I remember reading the Book of Mormon as a child and that was where it all started. I didn't understand much of what I read, but I felt so good. I remember finding scriptures that provided me with much needed comfort. As a teenager, I often wondered why my family wasn't like other families or why my parents didn't seem to love each other the way other parents did. I remember praying and feeling peace from my Heavenly Father. I didn't have answers but I knew it would be okay. One scripture that will forever stick in my mind is Mosiah 24:14. It was the first time that I had received an answer to my prayers through the scriptures. Another fundamental experience for me was when Gordon B. Hinckley, a prophet of God, came to Chicago. I remember waiting anxiously in line as we prepared to listen to his words. The spirit testified to me then and still does today, that there is a prophet of God. The spirits fills me with peace and clarity and helps me to know what my Heavenly Father has in store for me. This knowledge has given me strength as I have sought to change and be better. It has helped as I have let go of grudges, and anger, and found forgiveness through Jesus Christ. I have felt the spirit many times and have tried my best to recognize and act on promptings from the Holy Ghost. As a missionary, my knowledge and testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ and the restoration of this gospel increased more than I ever thought possible. When I was married in the temple and sealed to my husband, I again felt such an abundance of that same spirit. I know that I can live forever with my family. I know that there is a prophet on the earth today who provides counsel for us so that we can become more like Jesus Christ and follow His example. I know the Bible and the Book of Mormon are true and provide us with answers to life's questions. I know that Jesus Christ lives and loves me.

How I live my faith

Growing up there weren't a lot of people in my city that were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was able to form strong and lasting friendships with other youth in the area but I was also able to have some amazing friends who did not share the same religious beliefs. I learned so much from all the examples around me both members and non-members of the church. That was a foundation for me in building my testimony. Now, I hope I can be an example to others and share with them my love for the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love getting to know new people and building friendships with those around me. I like to embrace our similarities and our differences. I think there is so much to be learned from other's experiences and those are the treasures of knowledge that make friendships great. Some of the friendships that are so dear to me are the people that I met while I was on my mission in Chile. They will forever be ingrained in my heart along with the many experiences we shared together. I wouldn't trade my testimony for anything and no matter what is going on in my life, the knowledge that I have of my Heavenly Father's love for me provides me with help and comfort. Life is not easy, it is busy and stressful and sometimes I wonder why things happen the way they do. But, I know that everything will be okay and I know that my Heavenly Father is so aware of me and loves me very much.