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Hi I'm Christan

I love good food, funny stories, spending time with people I care about and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a recent college graduate and am working on getting my M.A. in education. A few of my favorite things are books, volleyball, golf, hiking, music, laughing, eating, listening, riding shotgun, handstands, kickboxing, learning, being an aunt, and sleeping in. My relationships with my family and friends bring me life’s sweetest and most rewarding experiences. I am always grateful for opportunities to get to know people. I think that building real relationships is one of the most worthwhile things we can pursue.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it is important to me to find the truth and live it. The first time I remember feeling that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was God's true church on the earth was when I was 12 years old. I was at a church activity for girls ages12 to 18. They asked us to stand and recite what is called the Young Women Theme. The first words of this theme are: "We are daughters of our Heavenly Father who loves us, and we love Him." When I said those words I experienced the most wonderful feeling of happiness. My mind felt enlightened by the understanding that what I had said was true. I knew that God lived, that I was his daughter and He did love me. It was like Paul described to the Romans when he said “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” That experience was the beginning of how I came to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. As I have read the Book of Mormon, when I go to church on Sundays and learn about Jesus Christ, when I asked God if Joseph Smith was a true prophet and in many other instances I have felt in my heart that that the Church is true. These feelings are the Spirit of the Lord helping me to recognize truth –bearing witness to my spirit. As a result I feel a profound conviction that Jesus is the Christ. He is my Savior. He came to earth and lived a perfect life and made a perfect and infinite sacrifice so that all of us can return to live with God after this life. He taught the world His Gospel and organized His church on the earth so that everyone could know what to do to be able to live with God again. The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the same church that Christ himself organized anciently. It was restored in its fullness in modern times when God called a man named Joseph Smith to be His prophet, and gave him power and authority to organize the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth.

How I live my faith

For me, living my faith is kind of like following a healthy diet and exercise plan. When I eat right and exercise frequently my body feels strong and healthy, I have more energy and I enjoy doing the things that are good for me. When I don’t do so well on my plan I start to feel tired and grouchy and I don’t want to do the things that help me feel healthy and good. Similarly, when I live my faith by doing the things that bring me closer to God I feel good and happy. I enjoy doing those things and I feel like there is light and purpose in my life. When I don’t live my faith the way I need to I feel sorrow, a lack of light and an absence of purpose. There are a lot of things that I do to try and live my faith and keep my promise to the Lord. I pray frequently, I read my scriptures often, I go to church every Sunday, I try to love and serve the people around me, and repent when I make mistakes. The greater my faith is the more it affects every aspect of my life. In 2 Corinthians Paul says that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be written by "the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart." When I live my faith, it increases, and I feel that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is being written in my heart. Then the way I live becomes a natural extension of the desires of my heart to follow my Savior and do as he asks.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

A temple is a holy place where we can learn about God's plan for the eternal happiness of His children. In the temple we learn about our relationship with our Father in Heaven and the plan that He has created to help all of us find happiness during our time on earth and eternal joy in our life after death. It is a place where we can make sacred covenants or promises with the Lord that bind us to Him and to our families forever. Marriages that are preformed in the temple by a person who has power and authority from God cannot be severed by death. In the temple we can be sealed to our spouse and children for time and all eternity. In so many ways temples are manifestations of God’s love for all of His children. In temples we can provide ordinances such as baptism for persons who have died without the opportunity to receive the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ during their lives. The use and purpose of temples is one of the many wonderful truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that existed in Old and New Testament times and was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less