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Hi I'm Jackie

I'm from Missouri. My favorite color is yellow. I like to play ultimate Frisbee and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

You could call me a Jackie of all trades. I love the outdoors. Hiking, biking, sports, and camping are some of my favorite activities. I enjoy the arts with mediums that include painting, sculpture, crafts, music, and theater. One of my favorite pastimes is reading. I've read all sorts of exciting novels as well as educational non-fictions. One of my favorite topics for discussion is "What books have you read recently?" My professions are teaching high school chemistry and helping toddlers grow into functioning adults. I love my kiddos, I love teaching, and I love science! Overall, my life is a happy one. It is far from perfect, but faith in my Savior helps me to persevere with joy through the difficulties of life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because sweet is the peace the gospel brings. Jesus said, "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." When I was 13 my parents got divorced. It was a difficult time. I would go to school, look at the other kids there, and think, "They have two parents that are together, they are happy. Life's not fair." I felt abandoned and alone. There didn't seem to be anyone to talk to. There didn't seem to be anyone who understood my pain. But there was. It didn't take long for me to learn that even if I felt alone there was always someone who understood my pain, there was always someone who cared. The Book of Mormon says speaking of Jesus, "He shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; ... that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities." Even now that that specific hardship has abated, I still seek the Lord for the succor that He offers. He truly understands all our sorrows. This experience was the first of many that guided me closer to my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I have since studied His scriptures and prayed, asking God which ones, if any are His. Prayer to God and studying the scriptures have been an endless source of peace and reassurance in my life. I would not be the loving, happy person I am without them.

How I live my faith

I know that God loves me. I have felt His love in times of need as well as in times of rejoicing. He loves all of His children. Of all the things I know and understand, this knowledge has influenced my actions in life more than any other. Right now I serve in my church as a youth Sunday school teacher. I can feel their Heavenly Father's love for them as I teach. They are important to Him, and I pray daily that I might be able to show them that. When I was eight years old I was baptized. I promised God then that I would follow the example of His Son, Jesus Christ, by keeping the commandments, and serving and loving his children. As a means of keeping that promise I am privileged to visit several sisters each month. Again, I feel God's love for them as I try to serve and help them. We truly are children of God and I feel blessed to be a part of His work. To be able to serve and uplift those whose hands hang down. To comfort those who need comfort, and to mourn with those who mourn.