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Hi I'm Jamie

I grew up in Vernal, Utah. I love to paint. I'm serving in the Gilbert, Arizona mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up, my two passions were art and sports. I've been doing both for as long as I can remember. Throughout high school I played soccer and basketball, and took as many art classes as I could possibly fit into my schedule. I recently attended a semester at a university studying fine art. My artistic abilities are something that I believe that are God-given, and I am very grateful. It is especially through them that I am able to embrace that I am significant, and that He does know me.

Why I am a Mormon

I often hear phrases aimed at people like me who have been members of the church their entire lives, such as: "You've been brainwashed", or "You could be a member of a cult without knowing it". I can't blame them; they most likely haven't been educated on the beliefs of the LDS church, or have maybe gotten their information from the wrong sources. The one thing I want people to know, is that I have not in any way been brainwashed. I have learned through study, and prayer, and experience, that NOTHING can bring more happiness than this gospel. Because of it, I know that I can be with my family forever and that there are no true endings in this life. I know that not only those who had the opportunity to have this gospel in their earthly lives can be with God and Jesus Christ again, but EVERY SOUL who did not have the gospel on earth but chooses to accept it on the other side of the veil. This gospel is a gospel of second chances. In no other place but an LDS temple will you find the ability to perform ordinances for those who have already passed on, if they choose to accept them. To me that's just one indication of the truthfulness of this gospel. God does NOT choose only a specific few to live with him again, and cause the rest to be damned. Everyone gets a chance in this gospel, and that is beautiful. What else is beautiful, is that I know that every single week I can become clean again through Christ's atonement, if I only repent and take the sacrament. Because of the Savior of you, and me, and everyone, we don't have to live in our sins day after day. We can become clean and try again the next week to be like Him. THAT IS SO BEAUTIFUL. So no, I don't believe I have been brainwashed. I think that I have been taught, challenged to be better, and above all, loved by the supreme creator of all things. He someone as small and insignificant as me, and everyone else, enough to listen to the thoughts of our hearts EVERY time we pray. And that is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of the LDS church my entire life. While this has included quite a few callings and activities, but my favorites have been serving as a member of a youth council, and a temple ordinance worker. The youth council I was a part of was in charge of planning activities for a number of the church's youth, designed to bring them closer to Christ. Through prayerful planning, we were blessed with our Heavenly Father's spirit and guidance in order to have the best possible outcome. These activities were often filled with the spirit, and strengthened my testimony of the prayerful leadership of our church. Nothing has blessed my life more than serving as an ordinance worker in a temple of the Lord. I can testify that there is no better, more beautiful place in this world to be than in the temple. I have felt more peace than ever before, even in the midst of this dark world. The one calling that I think will bless me more than any other is being a missionary for my church. I will spend 18 months away from my family and friends, in order to bring this gospel to those the Lord has prepared. I will only be able to communicate with them through weekly emails, the occasional letter, and skype calls on Christmas and Mother's Day. I will be yelled at, have doors slammed in my face, and people will try to convince me that I am there for nothing and that everything I believe is false. None of this matters, because after countless prayers, I know this is what God wants me to do. I can't explain my excitement to go and hopefully help at least one person with kindness and a smile on my face.