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Hi I'm Cristina

I was born in Chile, I am a single girl enjoying life, I am an Emergency Room social worker, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Chile and lived there and in Argentina through most of my teenage years. My family and I moved around a lot. I feel that was a great experience that has helped me grow as a person. I came to school in the United States because my parents always taught me the value of a good education and I felt that this is where I needed to be. I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Family Studies, and went on to receive a Masters degree in Social Work. I never would have thought that I would have ended as a social worker! But when I went college, I realized that my whole life I had lived the social work principles: I had always been active in volunteering in my community and had strived to help those in need. I also love to dance, play the guitar, sing not in public really, and I love to backpack, fish, and do anything outdoors. I am spontaneous and love to do things without much planning.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a mormon because I since I was a little girl I have felt that there is a purpose for me in this life. The Gospel has provided answers about who I am and about the fact that there has always been a plan for me. That knowledge has been proven to be true again and again. I choose to be a mormon because life is wonderful but we also experience much sadness and trials I would rather have the Lord's help and support through those than go through them alone. When I learn about the Gospel I feel close to Him.

How I live my faith

My faith is not something I "live every day", it is who I am. Everyday I wake up grateful for all my blessings and for the chance to have another day of life. Through out my day, everything I do is related to the principles that the gospel has taught me. I work at two different hospitals where people experience some of the worst times of their lives. I have the privilege of being there for help them and their families during those times. I have learned that to reach people, there is no book that can teach you what to do. You have to rely solely on the guidance of the Holy Ghost. So many times I have felt specific things that I should do or say. Every time, those whisperings have been exactly what someone needed to find comfort and peace. My faith has taught me about compassion and charity. Because I know that we are all children of God, my eyes have been opened to see the worth in each person. My faith has taught me to be accepting, forgiving, and merciful. I know I am not perfect when it comes to emulating these characteristics but I have the Lord as an example and with his help I am learning to be a better person.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Cristina
It is amazing to me what the church does to help people around the world, mostly behind the scenes, without seeking recognition. We as members are encouraged to donate to the poor and needy. And this we do, monthly by donations, and by service. We are taught that we should give of our time and our talents also. When I was in Chile, I learned of many times when the church without making this known to the community donated medical supplies, build fire stations, helped re-built homes, etc. When ever there is a disaster anywhere in the world the church is always the first to respond to help those in needs. We can do that because the Gospel teaches us to always be prepared for our families and to help our neighbor, whether that is someone in India, or the person living next door, it does not matter. I have had many friends of all ages serve in 3rd world countries out of their own pocket because of the principles which we are taught. I love what the gospel teaches me! I am grateful for the service I have received from members all over the world. I have attended church in 6 different countries, and in each place, I the church and its members is the same! I am who I am because of it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Cristina
We believe that God is out Father. We are his children. I personally believe this because many times when I have prayed and felt alone, as I have knelt to pray I have been overcome with the feeling of love that you could only feel from a father who really loves you and wants you to be happy. We believe that our Father in Heaven created each one of us individually and we have eternal worth. No one of this earth was created by accident. God is perfect and he made no mistakes creating me or you. We also believe that because He wants us to be happy, he has designed a plan that we may be perfectly happy as he some day. This is what we call The Plan of Salvation or The Plan of Happiness. Show more Show less