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Hi I'm Kristyne

I grew up in Hawaii and Virginia. I'm an artist, married to a Naval Officer for 17 years, and have 4 children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 17 years to a Naval Officer. Our first child was born in Hawaii, second in Maryland third in Hawaii, and fourth in Japan. They are now ages 8-16. I majored in art in college, and volunteer at my children's schools in Virginia teaching art. I'm also a face painter. Someday I hope to be making sculptures and drawings again for gallery shows and competitions. Moving is a big part of our lives, and I am grateful for being able to see the world and meet people of so many different cultures. It is very comforting when we go to a new place and find others of our faith who support our own family. Because of this gospel of Jesus Christ, I also know spiritually where I come from, that everyone has a mission in life, that a loving Heavenly Father is guiding us now, and where we are going after this life. It brings peace during hard times, direction during good times, and purpose to my whole life. Raising my children in the gospel also brings joy and meaning to the events and trials of life we go through.

Why I am a Mormon

I was two years old when my mother joined the church in Hawaii. She joined because of the friendliness of the people. They put up with crying children in church very well! I loved the gospel of Jesus Christ all my life. My mother was divorced from my dad when I was 2, and I never saw my father. But in church, I felt we were all a big family. I was taught I was a child of God, and He is my Father in Heaven. I felt his love daily, without even realizing it. I wanted to share it with everyone so I became a missionary at age 21. I learned about and felt the Lord's love even more during that 18-month mission. The more I learn what my Heavenly Father wants from me, the happier and more at peace I am. Nobody's perfect, but the more you try, the more you get back from the Lord. Just count your blessings. There are many!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by listening to the Spirit, and trying each day to do what I feel is right. I try to share this whole gospel of Jesus Christ with my children by attending church meetings and activities with them every week. I try to be a good example. I learn from my own scripture reading and classes in church about the example of Christ, and how we can help each other out and serve each other in our daily activities. For example, I enjoy taking my girls over to an elderly neighbor's home to help take care of her cats while she is away, or encouraging my sons to finish their Eagle Scout projects. We also enjoy what's called Family Home Evening each week. On Monday nights, from about 6:30-7:30 pm, we have an hour set aside just for our family (no phones, etc) to play games and have a little lesson on any topic by one of our children, sing a couple songs and share a dessert together. More than anything, the way it has helped us feel a loving, living bond between us has been the greatest blessing.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

We help anyone. We donated two eighteen-wheeler truckloads of clothing to the people affected by storms in New York last year. We do scouting that serves others all the time and teaches a spirit of service to the youth. We made 40 quilts for a local nursing home last Christmas. helping in any way possible, non-judgmentally. People need assistance in many ways; whether you're Mormon or not, it doesn't matter! Show more Show less