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Hi I'm Christy

I'm from Sunnyside, WA. I have 5 siblings and grew up on a dairy farm and I'm very happy that I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in south central Washington in a small town called Sunnyside. I am the 3rd of 6 children. Growing up there was just 4 kids in my family, but then 9 years after my youngest brother was born, another sister came along followed by her playmate (another sister) a little while later. Growing up on a dairy farm was hard work! Looking back, however, I wouldn't have it any other way. I was a little ball of energy growing up. Always the last to go to bed and the first to wake up. I was very involved in sports growing up, mainly gymnastics, soccer, and softball and then in school I played volleyball, basketball, and track. In high school, I was the ASB president and Valedictorian (a total nerd and proud of it) and also went on to play Division I volleyball and track. I have always had a very happy and optimistic disposition. During my sophomore year in college I married the man of my dreams in the Columbia River Temple in Tri-Cities, WA. Shortly after I graduated I landed a great job in sales that moved us to Montana. We bought our first home in Montana. Life is good! I attribute my success and happiness in life to the Lord. He is intricately involved in my life and I feel His love surrounding me each and every day as I invite His Spirit into my life and thank and ask Him for things daily as I pray.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a 3rd generation Mormon. My grandparents and Dad joined the church after my dad's oldest brother passed away at an early age. My grandparents wondered if they would ever see their son again. At the time, they attended the Reformed church. They approached their preacher and asked him where their son was. He said "He is a bud in our Heavenly Father's garden". That answer was unsettling to them. They started reading the Bible and began to notice that the things they were being taught did not align with the things they read in the Bible. This too was unsettling to them. My grandpa heard about the Mormons and found himself on the doorstep of a bishop (leader) in the local congregation where they lived. They met with the Bishop and asked him where their son was to which the Bishop replied, "He is in the Heaven waiting and you will have the opportunity to raise him in the Eternities". They liked that answer much better. They began to meet with the Mormon missionaries and 2 weeks later were baptized into the LDS church. When my mother was 2 she was adopted by a somewhat LDS family. Her dad was a member when she was younger, but her mom never joined. She had very important people come into her life as she grew older that were members of the LDS faith that encouraged her and helped her stay active in the church. She and my dad met at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) and after dating for a short time were engaged and married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City, UT Temple. Because of my parents' valiancy and righteousness, I constantly had great examples of how to live my life while I grew up. On Sundays we went to church. Each night we tried to read the scriptures and pray together among other things. I'm a Mormon because it makes sense. It makes sense that I will be with my family in this life and the life to come, that God speaks to His children through modern day prophets like there were prophets of old, that there is a right and wrong way to live, etc.

How I live my faith

For work, I am in the community a lot. I have over 100 stores in my district that I visit and make sure we are servicing their store above standard. Some people wonder why I smile so much and am so happy and I tell them it is because I know who I am (a daughter of God), where I came from (that I lived in Heaven before I came to Earth), why I am here (to show Heavenly Father that I can obey His Commandments and to be tried and tested to see how faithful and strong I can be) and where I am going after I die (back to live with Heavenly Father again if I live a good life, am faithful, and endure my short time on Earth well). In my local congregation, my husband and I teach Sunday School to the 7 and 8 year-old kids about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We get to sing songs with them and reinforce the things that their parents are teaching them at home about God and Jesus Christ and the way we should live our lives so we can have true happiness. Every other Wednesday I also spend about an hour with all the 8-11 year old girls from church. We have a program that helps them prepare to be good young women and contributors in society which focuses on God, Family, and Country. It is a joy to be a part of their lives. I learn so much from their innocence and desire to do good. Previous to this, I helped with the Boy Scouts program and led the singing for the children ages 2-11. One other thing I'm involved with is that I have a group of women from church that I regularly visit to make sure both their spiritual, emotional and temporal needs are taken care of. I love helping people and find true joy when I serve alongside these beautiful women and children. I know that as I strive to keep the commandments, have an attitude of gratitude for all the things my Savior, Jesus Christ has blessed me with, and have a heart full of charity for all His children, I am becoming more like Him and will live with my Savior and family when all is said and done. That knowledge makes me smile.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Christy
Family has always been an important part of my life because the family is the central unit in God's plan. Every day I pray to my Heavenly Father to strengthen my relationship with Him. I know He wants me to be happy. In the morning I pray to invite His Spirit to help me in the day-to-day challenges life brings. At night before I go to bed I report to Him about how the day went and to thank Him for my bounteous blessings and ask Him to grant me my righteous desires. I love that I can communicate and have a personal relationship with Him. As I Mormon growing up I didn't watch bad movies or tv shows or listen to bad music. I try to watch and listen to uplifting things. I try not to gossip and only use kind and uplifting words in my speech. I treat others with respect. I have never been tempted to smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs because Mormons have a health code that keeps us safe and never subject to addictive behavior. Every Sunday I go to church for 3 hours and worship my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Sunday is a family day. I do not work on Sundays. I do not believe the Mormon lifestyle is restricted, but I believe that the way I have been taught to live my life allows me to be happy and healthy and I am very thankful for that. I try to devote my life to serving others and helping them find happiness like the Savior devoted His life. Show more Show less