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Hi I'm Christine

I'm a PTA mom with a who used to design rockets. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have four young children. My husband is a Mechanical engineer, and we just moved to a very large city for the first time in my life. Ack! I'm a little bit of a nerd - my sisters and I tell math jokes. I learned Tagalog as a missionary in the Philippines, and finding people to speak with is fun. They're always so surprised to hear an "Americano" like me speaking their language! And I love the Filipino people. I have lots of dreams for my life after my children are a little older, but for now, I'm enjoying this season of molding the future.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family with a long history in this church. I was so lucky to have been taught young. As I grew up, I saw some of my church friends decide that church life was too restrictive. Some of us decided that it was something we wanted to be a part of - it made us happy. Watching the result of these different paths has made me never regret following the path laid out by Jesus Christ. He has never let me down and has made more of my life than I could have made of it by myself. And I have avoided the pain and despair that my friends have felt from playing with fire. It is so clear to me that there is safety and joy in the path of Christ, and I don't ever intend to leave it!

How I live my faith

I think the biggest expression of my faith is how I teach my children. We want them to understand HOW to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and WHY to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. We pray together every morning and night, we read scripture stories together, we spend time discussing the gospel together every week. My oldest son is starting to face decisions of right or wrong in his life, and I'm so happy to see him follow his parents' example and choose the right. I am mentoring a new member of the church right now as she deals with all the changes that come from joining a new church. I teach a class for the adult women once a month, and help teach a Sunday School class for the Tagalog speakers in our congregation.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Christine
A while ago, I did something stupid. It was just a joke, but the fall-out went a lot further than I had ever expected, and as I saw this happening, I realized that some absolutely innocent people were going to get hurt. And there was nothing I could do to stop it. I felt horrible. The more I thought about what I had done, the worse I felt. Finally, I fell to my knees and plead with the Lord to give whatever consequences He wanted to me, but to not let these innocent people get hurt. As I prayed, I felt almost as if the Savior whispered to me, "It's ok, I already took care of it." And I suddenly pictured him on the cross, paying for our sins - my sin, the one I had just made. Through the Atonement, Jesus took upon himself our sins, and made it possible for us to erase that sin - just like it had never happened. And not just for me. He could heal me from the burden of knowing that I had made a mistake and hurt someone else. And, he could heal my friends from any hurt that they received from my action. People get hurt every day, serious and horrible physical, emotional, spiritual wounds. Our loving Heavenly Father didn't intend us to walk around life maimed, he made a way for healing, and that was through his Only Begotten Son. Christ can do that for us because he took our wounds for his own. "With his stripes, we are healed." Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Christine
Well, I'm a Mormon woman! I think I'm a nice, friendly, normal sort of person! I think that people sometimes worry about women in the church because we believe in gender roles, especially the nurturing role of women. I think Mormons 100% believe in the equality of men and women. Maybe some people are confused because equal doesn't necessarily mean the same. For example, at my husband's lab, there are leaders on the technical track and leaders on the management track. Both jobs are equal - they are paid the same, have the same level of prestige - they just do different things. I think it's the same at home and at church for me. My husband and I do different things - we are on different tracks. But we both know that our jobs are equally important and valuable, and have respect for that. Likewise at church, the men have the priesthood and the women have different responsibilities, but we are all engaged in the work of the Lord, and we work together with respect and equality. And Mormon women support each other, forming a wonderful sisterhood. Show more Show less