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Hi I'm Kristy and I'm a Mormon.

I'm a busy mom to 4 great little kids, a happy and enamored wife to an LDS seminary teacher and a member of The Church since 2001.

About Me

I'm just a regular girl who has been really blessed in life. I did not grow up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I didn't join the Church until I was 20- in 2001! Time sure flies when you're having an amazing time! At this point, I am still the only member on my side of the family. The best and most important part of my life is my family. Life as a mom can be crazy (understatement)! I always tell people it is intense and wonderful at the same time and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I live with four little kids- a girl and three boys and one big man-sized kid (my husband). I am so thankful to have a wonderful husband that loves me and our kids and who works really hard so I can stay home and fulfill my dream job as a wife and mom. He currently is doing his dream job as a seminary teacher. We both love the gospel and we know he is super blessed that he gets to teach the gospel to high school students every day. In my free time I love spending time with my family and friends, reading, blogging, playing games, watching TV, organizing, crafting, decorating and just enjoying the simple pleasures of life. I know what life is like with and without the fullness of the gospel- and I choose with. It's such a happy and fulfilling way to live and I know it's sweeter than anything else I could have found. I'm thankful that God was willing to make a lot more out of my life than I would have been able to on my own.

Why I am a Mormon

Where to start? I am a Mormon by choice. I was raised in a Christian home but I didn't become a Mormon until I was 20. My family laid a great foundation for me throughout my younger years. They helped me to desire to follow Christ and they taught me much about Him. And for many years I was very content with what I had been taught. I had never questioned it nor felt it lacking in any way until I was old enough to leave home. It was then that through a series of events, the Lord challenged me to take the next step in my relationship with Him and lead me to the point that I could do that. But the Lord didn't just abandon me until then. Throughout my childhood and youth, He placed members of the Church in my circles of friends. He inspired them to be the right people, at the right places and at the right times in my life so I could look back and know He was always there. The decision to join the Church was conscious, well researched, well thought out and very life changing for me. But I came to the point in my life where I knew the Church, the gospel preached therein and all other aspects were true. The Spirit of God had testified to my soul of the truthfulness of these things and I could not bear to live my life in opposition to them. I see how the Lord had been beckoning me and preparing me throughout my life to join His Church so I could fulfill His plan and purpose for my life. The Lord knew me and He had a plan to help me know Him. I have a favorite quote that summarizes why I am a Mormon- I love this quote because it so eloquently says what I feel: "Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends and pour out peace." - Ezra Taft Benson

How I live my faith

I live my faith as a normal, everyday person. I strive to live in the world but not take on the character and lifestyle of the world. I have found that living a full, fulfilling and stimulating life is not in opposition to being a Mormon or living the gospel. I live my faith daily and consistenly in simplicity and earnestness. I put the Lord first and He ensures that everything else falls into place. My life is full of the things that make a life worth living and my faith helps me focus on the things that matter most. I have learned some simple acts that lead to greater peace, purpose and strength in my life: regular prayer, scripture study, service, church and temple attendance and taking time to love and really be there for those around you. My time consists of only a small percentage of these things and yet they enrich all aspects of my life. I have up and down days just like everyone else but I also have a personal and covenant relationship with Jesus Christ that allows me to overcome obstacles and see things with a clearer and more eternal perspective. Among the multiple ways in which I reach out to serve and help others includes my role as wife and mother. Often people don’t think of these life roles as ways to serve but I believe service should start in the home and spread outward. Each day I am given opportunities to help my family. Taking care of a home and raising children can be challenging and rewarding at the same time. When I strive to be Christ-like in the day to day things, I see that I am the right person, in the right place, at the right time to make a difference for good in the lives of those I love and care about. I know that if I live my faith the way God has asked me to, then I set in motion a ripple effect that can spread to more people than I can even realize. I know that I'm just one person amidst billions, but I know that as I live my faith, God will be with me and together we will make a difference for good in this world.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Kristy and I'm a Mormon.
Family is one of the greatest blessings of this life. The love, experiences, memories, and strong relationships that develop through family life are recognized as the sweetest part of life by all of humanity. Families work hard in this life to maintain close relationships and foster love. Death does not wipe away our feelings, memories or desire to continue these relationships. We believe the relationships we have formed in this life are not meant to end at death but are divinely designed to last for all eternity. In temples, families can be sealed together forever, thus making the desires of their hearts possible. The family is central to God's eternal plan for His children. God is literally our Heavenly Father. He takes great joy in this role. He loves us more than we can imagine and He wants all of us to experience this same joy He experiences as a Parent. Family relationships in this life are designed to help us return to our Heavenly Father by enabling us to exercise and develop Christ-like character and prepare us to have an eternal family in heaven. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Kristy and I'm a Mormon.
I think it is so beautiful and merciful that the Lord has asked us to begin our life in His church through baptism. God asks and requires that we be baptized because it is symbolic of our willingness and ability to have a fresh and clean beginning in the eyes of God. We believe in baptism by immersion because it mirrors so many facets of the Atonement of Jesus Christ- (the act in which He suffered, bled and died to redeem us spiritually and temporally from the clenches of sin and death). Just as Christ laid down His life for us, so we signify our willingness to lay down our old life (the life that was less than full, fulfilling and holy) in the waters of baptism. Just as Christ was buried in the tomb, so our old life is buried under the water. And just as Christ rose from the grave with a resurrected body, so we rise out of the water as a new person- clean, pure and ready to put away the un-Christ-like characteristics of the life we lived before we embraced the gospel. When we are baptized, the water covering our entire body is symbolic of the complete cleansing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The Atonement doesn’t just wash you a little. It doesn’t just wash your head or your feet. Just like the water covers and washes over your entire body, so the Atonement washes all of you- your entire soul. It feels so good to be spiritually clean. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Kristy and I'm a Mormon.
Absolutely! We have a living prophet on the earth today and his name is Thomas S. Monson. Prophets are just as important in our day as they were when the ancient prophets of the Bible lived on the earth. They are a living testimony that God is just as much concerned and involved in the lives of people today as He was thousands of years ago. The prophet was chosen by God and he leads the Church today under the direction of our living Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Because God loves all His children- past, present and future- He has provided means for those children to hear and know His mind and will concerning them. We often speak of the prophet as if he was just "our prophet," but in reality he has been called by God to be a prophet to the whole world that He might testify of Jesus Christ and His gospel and that all people of the world may know how to find peace, happiness and infinte blessings in this life and the eternities. By the power of God, prophets know what they need to say and teach so that individuals, families, communities and nations can be blessed. When prophets speak, teach and testify, they impart guidance, counsel, inspiration, motivation, truth and love from God. I know by the power of the Holy Spirit of God that the modern prophets and apostles of the Church are true messengers from God. I know that as we listen to the prophet and submit our lives to the will of God as revealed through him that our lives will be blessed beyond measure- now and forever. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Kristy and I'm a Mormon.
Jesus is the Savior of the world and He desires to be our personal Savior. His perfect love for each and every person that has ever lived and will ever live caused Him to submit to the most crushing and grievous agonies of the Atonement. That crushing agony was caused by the weight of the sins, pains, weaknesses, deaths, sorrows- everything negative- of all mankind. Because He bore those burdens and overcame them, He helps and enables us to do the same- in this life and for eternity. He is the most perfect hero the world will ever know. He has truly earned the title of Savior. It is only through Him that we can be saved from the iron grip of sin and death. No one can do this on their own no matter how hard they try. No one is perfect. No one is even close to good enough. Everyone has done something wrong in the eyes of God. We have all sinned. Sin makes us unclean and nothing unclean can dwell in God's presence- thus we have all been seperated from His presence. We cannot make our spirit clean through sheer willpower, desire, or even good deeds. There is only one way to be clean, forgiven and able to live with God forever- that is through Jesus Christ. Without Him, every person would be lost without hope. We ALL need Jesus Christ. We all need to be forgiven by God. When we turn our lives and will over to Him and turn away from our sins to embrace Him and His gospel, it is called repentance. Repentance helps us apply the Atonement in our lives. Show more Show less