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Hi I'm Crystal

I'm a Mommy. I'm a Chemist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I went to college studying Chemistry. After earning my Bachelor's degree, I married the man of my dreams. He's truly a wonderful husband. While waiting to start our family I went to graduate school but decided to stay at home with my darling girl instead of finishing. It was truly one of the best choices I've made. I love being with both my little girls. I spend my days now just trying my best to follow my Savior. I'm not perfect by any means, but I know my Father in Heaven loves me and accepts my offerings. I love to read various books. I watch movies, garden, play with my kids, try to keep a clean and beautiful home (despite my toddler's plans to the contrary). I'd love to go back to school, but not likely studying Chemistry. I loved my undergrad work and my research project but I didn't love the extra classes I had to take. That's just me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church. I have wonderful parents who worked their best to teach me right. These are how I was introduced to the church. I would have found it on my own eventually, I'm sure, but I've had the blessing of a testimony of this Church since I was about 10. I was baptized at 8 because I believed the Church was true, but later my understanding grew and I went from general belief in the truth to a conviction of the truth. I KNOW that my Father hears and answers my prayers. He knows me as His individual daughter. He has sent prophets throughout the ages to teach of Christ, to prepare them for His first coming as now we prepare for His Second Coming. Thomas S Monson is the prophet today who teaches us what we need to do to prepare. The message hasn't changed much. We still are persuaded to love our brother, as well as our enemies. We still are taught to keep the Sabbath day holy. We still are asked to support our leaders and serve our fellow man. This is the same truth God taught Abraham, Moses, and Simon Peter.

How I live my faith

I plan activities for the Women's organization. We do service projects. We learn how to be good homemakers. We learn how to live our faith. We share our talents. We learn and speak of Christ. We laugh and chat and spend time together as women. It's wonderful! I learn so much from these women from all walks of life. And I hope and believe that working on these topices brings me closer to my Savior and makes me a better person.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Crystal
We are sometimes referred to as "Mormons" because we believe the Book of Mormon to be another testament of Jesus Christ. It was compiled by a prophet named Mormon who lived on the American continent around 400 AD. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Crystal
The way I learned it was true was by studying the scriptures, asking questions, attending meetings, asking more questions, and finally and most importantly, asking my Heavenly Father to make the truth known. I felt a sense of calm and peace and a warmth in my heart telling me that Joseph Smith truly was a prophe, that the Book of Mormon is true and contains true doctrine, and that our current prophet is lead by our Savior and our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Crystal
Baptism is essential to entrance into heaven. It is so essential, even our Savior who was perfect needed it. It also allows all our previous sins to be symbolically and literally washed away, so we can start fresh and new. Repentance and regularly taking the sacrament are extensions of baptism and give us a chance to re-dedicate ourselves to serving our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Crystal
 Absolutely! We believe that, as the scriptures say, I'm paraphrasing "whatever is bound on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever is loosed on earth shall be loosed on heaven." We believe that families that have been sealed together in one of the temples of the Lord can be together forever, if we continue to keep our covenants we made in the temples. And our children will be with us forever, too. I can't imagine a God who could allow the loving family associations I have with my husband and my children to dissolve after death. My mother passed away when I was 18. My association to her as her daughter still exists and the marriage covenant between her and my Dad still exist. It's that simple. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Crystal
The feelings I have when I pray, that I know someone is listening and cares for me and truly CAN change things for me tell me there is a God. The laughter of my children, the beautiful creations around me, the answers I get to my prayers even when it's not necessarily what I asked for or wanted--all these things tell me there is a God. The feeling of comfort and peace when I'm searching and I know my Father is listening. This may not be the best answer, but it's how I can. Show more Show less