Hi I'm Christina
I am an elementary school teacher that lives in Seattle, Washington. I currently work as a personal assistant for a wonderful family! I love the outdoors: hiking, running, biking, swimming, boating, etc. I love to read and hope to have a library in my house one day. I have a passion for the color pink and wear it every day. Before I die, I want to write a book and have it published. I love going to a good play or musical, watching a good movie and sitting around with friends having great discussions. There is nothing better in my mind that having a good gospel centered discussion in which the Spirit of the Lord is present and truths are confirmed.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for a number of reasons. I love this gospel. It has changed my life. I love the Savior, Jesus Christ. He's my best friend. Even when it feels like no one else is there, I know that He is. He stands with open arms waiting to bless me if I would just turn to him. I am grateful for prayer and the opportunity that it gives to communicate with our Father in Heaven. I am grateful to know that we have a prophet here on earth, President Thomas S. Monson, who is the mouthpiece of the Lord and gives us the modern day revelation that we need for our time. I know that as I follow his counsel, my life is blessed. I know that the temple is the House of the Lord and that it is in there that we can receiving the crowning ordinances of the gospel necessary to return to live with our Father in Heaven. I love the temple and the Spirit that is felt there. In the temple, we become Saviors on Mt.Zion because we are doing something for someone that they can no longer do for themselves. I know that as I serve others and keep the commandments and strive to do my best, the Lord makes up the difference of my short comings. Repentance is real and forgiveness brings such peace. I am grateful for the many blessings that I have in my life because of the gospel. I understand what true everlasting happiness is, not temporary happiness that so many out there in the world feel. I know the scriptures are the word of God and that the Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ and that by reading it, we may draw closer to the Savior and learn from the past and feel of the Spirit. I am grateful for my testimony and this knowledge.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is such a critical part of my life. It is my opportunity to communicate with my Father in Heaven. It is also a time where I can ask Him for the blessings that I desire and the things that I stand in need of. Through my prayers, I can tell Him everything, the good things and the bad, from my day. Recently I have learned to open up to Him and allow my true self to show before Him. As I have taken my walls down and truly communed with Him, He has shown me more of who He is and for that I am so grateful. Through prayer, I can thank him for the blessings that He has given me and plead for my friends and family that might need His help. Through prayer, I can know that the things of the gospel are true by the confirmation of the Spirit. Prayer helps me to feel of the Holy Ghost and know Heavenly Father's will for my life. I am grateful for prayer and its role in my life. The more I have come to know my Heavenly Father and my relationship with Him, the more natural prayer has become for me.
Could you talk about your baptism?
My baptism was a special day for me. I was baptized May 29, 2004 at the age of 19, which makes me a convert to the church. I was taught about the gospel by some amazing missionaries, some of who are my good friends still today. I did not have any members of my family present at my baptism because none of them have accepted the gospel and they do not agree with my choices to become a member of the church. Although none of my family was there, many from my ward came out to support me and that meant so much to me. The Spirit was so strong that night. I remember going under the water and as I came up out of the water, feeling like a new person. I felt clean. I felt so happy. I had felt happy in my life before but never like at that moment. I could not stop smiling. That decision to be baptized a member of the church was the best decision that I have made in my life. At baptism we make a covenant with our Heavenly Father that we are willing to come into His kingdom and keep His commandments from that time forward, even though we still live in the world. We are reminded from the Book of Mormon that our baptism is a covenant to “stand as witnesses of God and His kingdom at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life” Mosiah 18:9. That is what I strive to do each and every day as a member of the church.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
The Book of Mormon is truly another witness of Jesus Christ and his visit to the Americas. This past December, I started reading the Book of Mormon on December 1, finishing it on Christmas morning. Those 25 days brought me closer to God and my Savior Jesus Christ than any other time I have read it. I felt God's love manifesting itself to me as I would study each day with a purpose. I found myself in the stories of the Book of Mormon. God was teaching me through the Holy Ghost ways that I needed to change in order to be more like Him. I felt a true happiness as I read the scriptures and actively applied the teachings that I was receiving into my life. The Book of Mormon has such a special power to it when we read with an open heart and mind, willing to be taught from on high. I love the Book of Mormon and know that it is a true book from God.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by serving those around me. As a sister, a woman in the church, I have the opportunity to do what is called visiting teaching. Each month I go out with another sister and teach a message to 3-5 different girls. Through this program have come some of my greatest friends. Visiting teaching is an opportunity to make sure that all of the girls needs are met and that everyone is feeling the love of the Savior. I have also had the opportunity to teach Sunday School which is one of our Sunday meetings. I love teaching Sunday School because as I prepare my Sunday lessons, I learn so much and my testimony is strengthened. I also do family history and search for my ancestors who have died and passed on. I find them and then do their work in the temple, offering them the same blessings which I have been offered.