Hi I'm Christine Dawley
I was born in 1965,now the wife of a wonderful husband and mom of 5 children and 2 step daughters. My kids range in age from 28 to 6 so I have been a mom for quite some time. I have lived most of my life in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I love the outdoors and animals of every kind. I am currently taking online college courses and hope to obtain a Bachelors degree in Complementary and Alternative Health. I grew up in the Lutheran faith. On June 29, 2011, me and 2 of my daughters were baptized into the Mormon Church. Since joining the Latter Day Saints I have found myself to be a very active Church member and have made wonderful new friends!
Why I am a Mormon
I would like to share a little of my conversion story with you. I grew up in the Lutheran faith and always considered myself a Christian. I wasn't, however, active in my Church anymore. Family has always been very important to me. With the death of each of my parents, and then the death of both of my in-laws, I found myself struggling with such feelings of loneliness I couldn't even fully explain it to you. I was by no means alone, I have a large family of my own. I found myself to be in a constant state of worry, and the only way to describe it was I felt alone. The people that I looked to most for support were gone. It was at this time, that the missionaries from the local ward contacted me and invited me to come to the church. My husband was a member, though he had not been active since childhood. We made it a point to go to church that week. From the moment we walked in, I felt such welcoming and love! I began taking the discussions with the missionaries and was baptized as soon as possible. My life has changed completely! I am filled with light, love and a peace that is unbelievable! I am attending Church with my family every week and I even teach a class on Sundays! When I was asked by the missionaries why I wanted to be baptized, my response was, "There is nothing that you have taught me that I don't believe." I have come to know how close of a relationship we can have with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, that I will never feel alone again!
Could you talk about your baptism?
I was baptized at 46 years of age after growing up in the Lutheran faith. My life prior to my baptism was in turmoil. I felt so alone, and was constantly worrying about one thing or another. My health was suffering too because of the constant stress. After my baptism, knowing that I had been washed of my sins, and entered into a covenant with the Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, I felt such peace, that there are no words to even describe it! I don't have to worry anymore. I have turned my life over and know that they are there for me, all I have to do is ask.
How I live my faith
I go to Church every week with my family. I am learning to feel comfortable speaking in front of groups. I am quite active with the youth as the 2nd Counselor of the Young Women's Presidency. I cannot believe all the activities the Church is involved with. I used to say I had such a boring life, and never did anything. Now my days are filled with wholesome activities, and true friendships which was something I really longed for. As time goes on and my testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel grows, I find it much easier to stand up and speak of my beliefs and my relationship with my Father in Heaven. I listen to the spirit and the still small voice as it whispers to me the things which I should say. I sometimes can't make my fingers type fast enough when there is something really important to share. I use my Facebook page as my outlet to share the Gospel with others. I may never get anyone to convert, that is ok. I plant seeds every day and hopefully an entire garden will grow from them with time.