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Hi I'm Jackie

I'm a young professional, an aspiring world traveler, a triathlete - and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've recently earned the title of "young professional" by finishing my graduate degree and starting a job in nutrition, food policy, and corporate responsibility. Yes, I miss my college days, but grown up life is suiting me well. My bucket list includes the lofty goal of visiting every continent (and yes, of course Antarctica counts), I view running as pleasure rather than punishment, I think bagpipes are quite possibly the most amazing sound in the universe, and if I could get rid of one thing in this world it would be the need to scrape ice off of my windshield.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because everything this church teaches, every commandment and guideline it gives, every challenge it presents and every solution it provides brings me closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ. I've wondered at times, like so many others, why I am here on this earth and why I have to go through so many trials and hardships. This gospel teaches me that this life is a chance to learn and improve, a chance to choose to become more like Christ. I struggle with making the right choice, sometimes the SAME right choice over and over again. This gospel teaches me that the important thing isn't how many times I get knocked down, but how many times I stand back up and dust myself off. Sometimes I feel like I am not capable of standing back up. This gospel helps me understand the infinite love God has for me; that He loves me enough to hurt me, knowing that I will be stronger because of it. Sometimes I feel overlooked, unimportant, and of no real significance. This gospel reminds me that I am a daughter of God, a child of the Great Creator Himself. Not only that, but this gospel teaches me that I have constant access to that Great Creator through personal prayer and that He hears and answers those prayers- perhaps not when I want Him to, but always when I need Him to. Sometimes I doubt. This gospel reassures me that that's okay. I don't need to have a perfect understanding, just faith in the perfect Being that does understand all things. I'm a Mormon because I love who I am when I am living the principles I know to be true.

How I live my faith

My life doesn't define my faith- rather, my faith defines my life. We all have different "compartments" in our life- work, school, family, etc., but I strive to live my faith in each and every one of those compartments, rather than as a "compartment" of its own. I am far from perfect in achieving this goal, but when it comes down to it, more than anything else, I want my faith to be the defining characteristic of my personality. My faith is probably most potently manifest on Sundays when I attend church and engage in leadership activities there, but the true power of my faith is manifest when I manage to exercise it throughout the week in how I treat others, how I make decisions, and how I constantly rely on my Father in Heaven to help me become a better person.

What is being a Mormon like?

If I were to simply list adjectives, being a Mormon is happiness, peace, confidence, selflessness, understanding, patience, and hope. Being a Mormon is challenging at times, but it brings me more joy and comfort than any other title I use to identify myself. Show more Show less