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Hi I'm Jamie

I grew up in America. I'm a Forensic Scientist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Illinois. I have worked for the Illinois State Police for 15 years. I love working with my hands, building, fixing, and creating just about anything. I grew up Catholic (sort of). I became a member of the church in 2015 and it has been the most amazing experience of my life!

Why I am a Mormon

Around 2008, I met a wonderful man during a retreat for gifted youth. I was having a conversation with him and others and relaying how I thought the Bible and all it's teachings were manipulated by man in order to subjugate uneducated populations and therefore it's writings could not be trusted. Over the next few days we had many thought provoking and philosophical discussions about doctrine, life, education. etc. I really liked what he had to say and we became fast friends and remain in contact to this day. Fast forward seven years and my life was in shambles, I was broke, going through a divorce, living in an apartment in Chicago, which may as well be a foreign country for this suburbanite having had no idea what he was getting into. My friend had made attempts in the past to introduce the Mormon Church and the Gospel in my life, I was in no place to accept it or practice it. I think during my disparity, he made one final attempt by telling me that this is the greatest gift he could ever give me and asked if I would meet with the missionaries. I reluctantly agreed. After that, it was about 2 to 3 months of seeing the missionaries, ignoring them, arguing doctrine with them. Then I accepted the invitation to a ward Christmas party. There I met the nicest, intelligent, and most interesting people ever. They accepted me immediately and was even invited to a New Years party at one of their houses. I thought, if for nothing, these are really nice people that I could grow from and would be a good influence in my life. I started attending church, seeing the missionaries on a weekly basis, trying to live and practice the Gospel and then ultimately being baptized. I really wanted to be a part of what these 'really nice people' were a part of. Since becoming a member I have become an integral part of the success and function of the church and that is just the beginning of 'Why I am a Mormon'!

How I live my faith

To take what I learn in church and apply it not only while in church but in every aspect of my life. I want to be the person God and Jesus want me to be in Church, in Public, and when I am all alone. I want you to be able to catch me off guard and know that I am the same person that I am in Church. I teach the young men in the church and diligently try to find new and exciting ways to bring the gospel in their life. I don't want them to just 'hear' the Gospel, but I want them to 'understand' the Gospel. Outside of the Mormon church I volunteer at a teen center and participate in activities. I also, volunteer twice a month at a Christian church watching, teaching, and playing with toddlers while their parents attend service. Whenever the Spirit gives me promptings to act, no matter how uncomfortable they might be, I do my best to act on those promptings. This could be giving money I need to pay bills to another that is suffering more than I, offering a blessing to someone even though I'm afraid of what the outcome of the blessing might be. In all aspects of my life I try to think 'is this what God would want me to do?' This is not the easiest way to live life, but it is the most rewarding, and will bring you closer the Jesus and God!

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Jamie
To be quite honest tithing for me is the hardest thing I have encountered in joining the church. It is something I could not wrap my head around for a long time. Although I understand why we do it now, it does not necessarily make it easier. There are a great many resources that the church provides for it's members and non-members that would not be possible if it weren't for tithing. That being said, God does not need Our money, he could create all of the buildings, temples, fill the storehouses with food and so forth. But what would that do for us, how would we ever learn and grow, if everything was just handed to us. We would be come like 'spoiled' children. If you as a parent just gave your kids everything they asked for without sacrifice they would not grown and learn or come to appreciate all the miracles and blessing that come from being faithful. It's about sacrificing for the Lord and showing faith that the Lord will bless you for your faithfulness. I can describe it like this. If Jesus asked you to have Faith and walk out over a chasm that you would not fall, would you do it? If Jesus said that by doing this you will be blessed by decreasing the time it would take for you to cross the canyon instead of walking in it. Would you walk out over 'thin air' and trust Jesus or would you take the safety of climbing down to the bottom and taking weeks to walk through the canyon and not have faith. Although tithing is very hard for me, it does bring blessings and comfort. Show more Show less