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Hi I'm Jacci Graham

I was raised as a Mormon and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker

About Me

I have been married for almost 50 Years, I have four children and eight grandchildren. I was a stay at home mom until I decided to go to collage at age 42. I was really scared because I hadn't done math since I was in the 6th grade. I made cookies and rolls for my son's best friend and he tutored me through the math courses. I did a master's in social work at age 50. I have worked for almost 20 years with families that struggle. I've specialized my career working with abused and neglected children and their immediate and extended family members. I've advocated for children in the courts, the community and at our state legislature. I have been honored to work with parents that have shared their stories of addiction, their shame for not being the parent they wish they were. I've marveled at the resilience of children that many times were the parents in their homes. I've wept with grandparents that are raising their grandchildren due to the child's parents addictions. I love reading books, listening to music and going to movies. I love going to basketball games, Go Jazz and watching college football on t.v. It's too cold to go to the games. My husband makes the best oatmeal cookies in the world and I love to deliver them to friends and neighbors.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church and I always thought I knew that the gospel was the Lord's restored church. I married at age 18 (way too young) and was asked to teach about the Book of Mormon to the adult women in the church. I thought what a piece of cake...I'll challenge them all to read it and pray if it is true and all will be well. Since I really hadn't read it completely myself I thought I would do the challenge and it would go well. I started reading and expected the Spirit to bear instant witness that the book was true. That didn't happen, so I continued reading for a few weeks and still nothing happened. I then decided that maybe "formal" prayer before I read every day would help. Still nothing happened. Finally I humbled myself and asked for the witness that the Book of Mormon was the word of God. I wept, pleaded and continued to study and read. Finally the day came when I felt the burning of the Holy Spirit throughout my body. I knew the book was the work of God, but that then meant that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. I had my witness. Now over 40 years later that testimony continues to grow as I study and serve. In 1995 the First Presidency and the Quorum of Twelve Apostles published the Proclamation on the Family. At the time I thought it was a "nice" document but twenty years later I understand how important it is to the world. As I work with struggling families I wish I could give each of them a copy for their homes. A proclamation my a prophet of God to the people of my generation. This world would be so much more frightening if we couldn't hear from a living prophet. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I know that we have a prophet on the earth today to instruct us and guide us. For this testimony I'm so very grateful.

How I live my faith

I have worked in all aspects of church service. I love teaching the very most, either teen agers or adults. I love the opportunities that the church gives me to give service to my community. I've helped organize sub for Santa groups, Easter Egg Hunts for abused children, gather food and clothing for those in need and used teens to help with those projects. I've used my clinical skills to visit a young mother in my area that was dying from cancer and worked with her children and husband. The Spirit of the Lord was always with us in our meetings. My church callings quite often take me out of my comfort zone and make me rely on my Father in Heaven for help. He is always there to inspire and assist when I take the time to stop and ask. One time I as asked to put a program together to celebrate an event for my area. I decided to write a musical. I'd never written music or written a play. I can barely play the piano with just my right hand. I prayed and ended up writing a three act musical with a cast of over 50 people. What a great experience but I could not have done it without the help of the Lord.