Hi I'm Crystal
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.
What have you done successfully to shield your family from unwanted influences?
We are careful about what we let into our homes through the media. We use filters to help us, but we still are cautious about content. We talk together as a family about wise and poor choices we see being made by those around us. We try to keep busy doing good activities, such as learning, participating in uplifting entertainments, and playing together.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
I lost my mother when I was 18 years old. She was and is my best friend. It was very difficult to lose her companionship in this life. And yet, knowing that she is truly in a better place and no longer suffering brings me so much peace. I still miss her very much, but I know I will see her again. I know that we can be together as family forever because we are a "Forever Family." It is also a comfort to know that my Heavenly Father had a plan when He sent us to this earth. Our life here is not some accident. Life is meant to be difficult at times--you can't grow stronger without a little sweat. Heavenly Father will help us find our potential, if only we exercise a particle of faith. It's amazing!
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.