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Hi I'm Christina

I'm a New Yorker at heart. I'm a Montessori teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After working with Teach for America in South Dakota on the Rosebud Reservation and teaching abroad in England, I began teaching in a Montessori school. I love working with my students, exploring the world through their eyes of discovery, imagination and excitement. I love crafts: knitting, crochet, sewing, photography, baking, etc. I love to travel, explore new places and meet new people. I love spending time outdoors, gardening, camping and hiking. I'm not huge into sports...except for rugby! So much fun to watch!!! I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints while at university getting a B.S. in Psychology. Before joining the Church I was not terribly active in religion. I was partially raised Catholic, though religion was never a stable family focus.

Why I am a Mormon

On a literal level, I'm Mormon because I ran into a pair of sister missionaries while on the way to a lab class. I gave them 1 minute to speak with me, letting them know that I would be late for class otherwise. They asked how I felt about the bible, listened patiently to my answer and invited me to meet with them after class. I agreed. The first two times I met with them they didn't even talk about the gospel...I would not have been responsive to their message...I wouldn't even let them pray with me. They told me about themselves: experiences at university, family, friends, interests, etc. I began to trust them, knowing that they were real people who genuinely cared about me. About the third time we met, I started asking them questions and the answers came through gospel truths. They gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon. It sat in my desk drawer, forgotten, for weeks before I finally decided to at least give it a try. I began reading it with a keen desire to know whether or not it was true. To be honest, when I first began reading I picked upon every detail that I thought wasn't right. I wasn't about to blindly walk into a religion or make the effort to change my life unless I knew it was based upon truth. By the time I reached the middle of 2 Nephi, I knew it was true and couldn't put it down. It was just before finals of spring semester and I actually had to bribe myself....if you read one chapter in your text book, you can then reward yourself by reading one chapter in the Book of Mormon. Needless to say, I did wonderfully on my exams and was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints by the end of the semester!

How I live my faith

My faith influences the choices I make every day. When I was teaching on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota a particular phrase continued popping up when we spoke with members of the Sioux tribe about their spirituality. They would say that it wasn't a religion, but a way of life. That's how I feel about being Mormon. I live my faith in everything I do everyday because my choices are guided by my knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I attend all church meetings every Sunday. I particularly like preparing my lesson for the Sunbeams, the 3 year-olds, in the Primary. Teaching children the basic principles of the gospel strengthens my testimony as I bear witness to them of the love our Heavenly Father has for each of us. Being a member of a family congregation, I have the opportunity to attend fun and engaging activities that give me the chance to meet new people, establish relationships, see families living the gospel and have a little fun while I'm at it! I love being a member of this church and try to take every opportunity to share the gospel with others. When your excited about something, you can't help but share it! I like sharing the gospel through loving service. I know that I would not have joined the church without the loving service of the missionaries and members of my ward, so I try to be there for others, too.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Christina
Everyone is absolutely welcome to attend our church!! The great thing about attending our church meetings is that you know that wherever you are in the world, you are going to learn the same teachings and hear the same doctrine. We generally have three meetings Sacrament meeting, Sunday School and Relief Society for the ladies/Priesthood meeting for the men. In Sacrament meeting you get to partake in the passing of the sacrament like taking communion and hear members of the congregation give talks on assigned topics. In Sunday School you get to learn more about the doctrine, the scriptures and the church. In Relief Society you get to practice hymns, hear testimony from the sisters, and hear a lesson. In each meeting you will hear prayers at the opening and closing. We also sing quite a few hymns and sometimes get to hear a musical number by members of the congregation. I joined the church while at university and have had the opportunity to be part of congregations made up of young 18-30 years old singe adults. I have attend family congregations a few times, but, generally, my perspective thus far is that of a young single adult. One thing I can say about the family congregations is that you will be very aware that these meetings are held with the family in mind. Sacrament meeting is often a place where children's young voices can be heard in many different forms! The best is when they stand to speak and bear their testimony of the gospel. Show more Show less