Hi I'm Cristina!
My background's all over the place. My parents are from Peru and were converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their 20's. Later they moved to Spain and that's where I was born and raised. I miss it a lot, but I'm grateful for the Lord's hand in my life to move to California. I have a younger brother, 2 cats, and a dog. Since our family is so small, our pets are pretty much family to me. I'm a hip-hop dancer, it's when I can really be myself. I also love eating and sleeping, I'm a fan of "siestas" :). I'm currently a student at BYU, having just returned from a mission in Iowa. My life has not been the same since. I'm eternally indebted for the opportunity I had to serve God's children in the beautiful Midwest. My testimony has grown exponentially. Someday, I hope to have my own family where missionary work becomes part of who we are.
Why I am a Mormon
My parents converted when they were young and my brother and I were born in the church. However, after my parents' divorce process, I had a really hard time believing that families could really be together forever or that God was really there for me. I had been relying on my mother's testimony for so long that I didn't have one. I felt hopeless and unloved. I became bitter at the world. I just stopped caring. One day I finally hit rock bottom and told my Heavenly Father everything I was feeling, my worries, my complaints, everything. I felt this warmth taking over me, as if I was being hugged. I could feel Christ's Atonement and I knew at that moment that when He was at Gethsemane, suffering for all our sins and pains, that He felt everything that I was feeling at that moment. I knew that He knew exactly what I was going through and that I was not alone. Even if my parents on earth weren't perfect, my Heavenly Father was. I was converted to the Gospel at age 17. Since then, no matter how hard things have been, I know I can always rely on my Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ, to help me through those times. My conversion story is still evolving, it's a continual process, it's an eternal process. Since my mission, I know that there are no coincidences in life. Everything happens for a reason. We need to take chances, take ourselves out of our comfort zone, exercise our faith. That's when miracles happen.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
The Book of Mormon testifies of Christ constantly. Every time I read it, I am reminded of the Lord's mercy, love, and justice for us. Sometimes when I'm reading the Book of Mormon, I feel as if certain verses are being addressed to me directly at that moment in time. These scriptures bring me closer to God because it is about God. I learn so much about my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ through the pages of the Book of Mormon and it makes me want to be like them someday and come back to them. If someone hasn't read the Book of Mormon with an honest intention, then I don't feel they can say it's not true. Reading this book has changed my life. I'm sure it will change yours.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer has played a HUGE part in my life. If it hadn't been for prayer and receiving answers to my most heartfelt questions, I don't know who or where I'd be. It's through prayer that I've come to know of my Heavenly Father and Savior's love for me. It's how I can communicate to my Father in Heaven and let Him know how I'm feeling.
How I live my faith
I also do my best to do these two things everyday: constant prayer and scripture study. I need to practice and believe what I preach, so studying my scriptures everyday and conversing with my Heavenly Father not only strengthens my beliefs, but it also makes it easier to be and stay an active member of the Church. Nothing that we learn will matter if we don't apply it our lives.