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Hi I'm Jackie

I live in beautiful Western Washington. I'm a wife, nursing student, epileptic, backpacker, and mother of five. I'm Mormon.

About Me

I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my amazing husband and four wonderful children. I love singing, playing the piano, dancing, hiking with my family, landscaping and gardening, swimming, traveling, and marine ecology. I served in the Russia Novosibirsk Mission. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I love the Russian people - their culture, history, and language. While I am not as fluent as I used to be, I try to keep up with the language as much as I can. I am a nursing student at a local college. It is very difficult to be away from my family and have to spend so much time studying, but I have reassurance from the Lord that they are in good hands. God has always given my family what we need. There has never been much excess, but we have always had what we need when we need it. As a family we backpack, hike, camp, and travel as much as we can especially in Washington. I have been to Russia, Canada, Mexico, much of the United States, Bahamas, Antigua, St. Kitts, and St. Lucia. Together we plan on seeing many more countries including Japan and Russia. We love to think about where we will move to in the near future as well as our remodel and landscaping. It is hard work, but there is satisfaction to be had at the end of the day when you look around and see all that you have accomplished by your own hand and with the Lord's help.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always known that it's true. I just have. My testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and that it is His church has been a part of me from my earliest memories. I have had plenty of opportunities to turn away and make my own choice.I have always chosen the gospel because it's true. No matter what happens, no matter the trial or temptation, it's true. That's all there is to it. Life comes with many challenges, ups and downs. Sometimes it seems like there are more downs than ups. My life has taken a very different road than expected, and it has been difficult to accept. As a result, I have spent countless hours on my knees in prayer wrestling with the Lord to understand my trials and my life in general. I have been very blessed to have Him come to me and give me what I need in various ways, especially when I need it most. I know that without the Lord's help my oldest three children and I would not have made it out of a Utah canyon alive. I know that without the Lords help I would not be able to live day to day with epilepsy. I know that without the Lord's help I could not go through nursing school and still be a part of my family's life, no matter how little. I know that without the Lord's help I would not be able to continue to live, grow, and have my pains eased with an ongoing trial in my life right now. There is hope in Jesus Christ and the atonement that there is peace and joy after this life beyond any joy that we may experience here. In addition, it is possible in this life that all the pains that we feel can be swept away if we only ask the Lord to lift our burdens, to help us carry them if we cannot ourselves. It is possible. That is what keeps me here. I have felt it in my life over and over again and I know that as long as I am worthy I will continue to have His influence in my life because he loves me. I am his daughter. And he wants me and those around me to come home to him.

How I live my faith

The Savior said, "What manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am." 3 Nephi 27:27 I strive to live by this. I am not perfect. No one is except the Savior himself. However, He is the example that I try to emulate in my life. I try to be an example to others just as He set the perfect example for us to live by. I have a long way to go. I have many flaws. But I also have many strengths. Many of my weaknesses have become stronger because of the help that I have received through the Savior. I strive to make my husband and children a priority in my life. Loving them is one of the greatest ways I can serve in this life. It brings me such joy every day to make them happy and to see the smiles on their faces. Through time I have learned that my husband and I are truly companions in this life meant to walk through any trial we face together, no matter how difficult, scary, painful, or long it may be. It is a joy to be able to know that the family is eternal. I love being able to teach my family the doctrines of the gospel and sharing my testimony with them by how I live and not just what I say. I am a living testimony of the promise made in Malachi 3:10, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Many months in my life as a wife and mother of five children with many bills to pay I have not known how I was going to pay tithing as well as everything else. But by putting the Lord first I have always found a way with leftovers. He blesses those who put their trust, even their very lives in his hands.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Think back to the times of Moses. Was everyone allowed into the temple? Or just a select few who were found worthy to enter into it? The same principle applies today. All members of the church are given the opportunity to go to the temple as long as they are found worthy to do so. The temple is open to all, just as the gospel itself is. It is for EVERYONE! The ordinances performed there aren't secret at all. They are SACRED. It is in the temple that we draw closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, learn more about his plan for us, and make sacred covenants with him that we are to keep throughout our lives. Again, EVERYONE is given the chance to go to the temple if they are WORTHY to. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

 Simple answer - YES! The full name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of our religion. We believe in him as our Savior and Redeemer. Show more Show less