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Hi I'm Jayme

I'm a graduate student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a PhD student in music theory and plan to be a professor someday. I taught high school band for a few years and then worked as an office assistant for a few more before returning to school. I'm single, the oldest of 6 kids, and a natural redhead. I've been a member my whole life. I love to listen to lots of different kinds of music, go to concerts, run, swim, knit, sew, play piano and percussion, and read.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate enough to be born into a family that has been members of the church for a few generations before me, but it has still been my choice to continue to be a member. The first time I gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon was when I was 7 years old. I was reading a story out of a children's version of the Book of Mormon and felt the Spirit so strongly that I knew it was true. I have continued to feel the Spirit throughout my life as I have read the scriptures, attended my meetings, and continued my personal prayers. 

How I live my faith

I have been able to serve in the church in a variety of capacities. I have played the piano for the children's Sunday school, taught Sunday School, and served in the women's organization for the church. One of my favorite callings has been serving with the Young Women, the organization for the girls age 12-18. It is so great to be able to interact with them, hear the things that they're dealing with in school, and let them know that I can relate. To hear their growing testimonies helps mine to continue to grow. 

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Jayme
Mormon women are just like anyone else in most ways. One way that we are different has to do with living the standards of the gospel instead of the standards that society sets. While the media is frequently telling us that random "hook-ups" are OK, we, as Mormon women, know that sex is something more sacred than that ... That it should only occur between a legally married husband and wife. We do believe in equality of men and women. Equality does not necessarily mean that we have the same roles, but having different roles doesn't mean we are unequal. While the general principle is that men provide for the family while women nurture the family, sometimes different situations arise, and the church is understanding of that. Show more Show less

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

Jayme
The temple is a sacred place, not a secret place. In it, we make important covenants with our Father in Heaven. Not everyone, or even all Mormons, can go into the temples because of the importance and sacredness of those covenants. Living the guidelines of the gospel prepares us for making those covenants. Someone who were to enter the temple without the proper preparation would not be able to keep the covenants entered into. So having those guidelines actually protects them from making covenants before they are ready.  Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Jayme
One reason family is important to us is because it is a built-in support system, ordained by God, to help us return to Him. When we are bombarded by various influences in the world, the family can help us deal with it, remind us to keep the right perspective, and remind us of the importance of building our testimonies.  Show more Show less