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Hi I'm Crystal

I'm an artist, and love American history stories. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Montana between a national park and a beautiful lake. I have two brothers and two sisters. My dad works in logging, construction and other creative ventures, and my mom has mostly stayed at home to homeschool the kids. She's very talented, and her cooking is amazing! At age 17, I worked as a nanny for four months in New York and Connecticut. I spent 15 months as a missionary in South Africa, and 3 months in Southern California, where I fell in love with the people I met in both places. I'm now almost finished earning two degrees...one in Illustration and one in Art Education. I love to meet new people because I always learn something from them!

Why I am a Mormon

Have you ever read or heard something that someone said that gave you the chills because it just "rang true"? That happens to me all the time when I read things that the American founding fathers wrote and said. We all have a natural ability to recognize truth-something we're born with. I think if we pay attention to it, we gain more of it, but if we ignore it, we lose it. Every teaching I can think of in this church, I have had that same experience with at some time or another. The more you learn, the more it all makes sense, and the feeling that it's good and right gets stronger and stronger, until you just know. Another reason I'm a member of this church is that it's a safe haven from every kind of physical and spiritual threat. I can feel that, even when I walk in the door of a meetinghouse, and especially a Mormon temple. It feels good. It feels light, and clean, and pleasant, happy, sacred, and safe.

How I live my faith

I believe that as children of God, we have the potential to be great, and that comes from doing our best in everything. Although sometimes I miss opportunities to serve, I love to help other people with little things as well as big things. I'm always excited to end up in the same line as somebody who's short on change at the store, or to find someone who has locked their keys in the car, since I do things like that all the time, and often need help from other people.

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Mormons meet together in congregations every Sunday for worship services, sunday school classes, and in the men's and women's organizations to sing and pray, and teach and learn the teachings of Jesus Christ together. This is what we call "church." Anyone- member of the church or not, is welcome to attend. The temple is special- it's more sacred than our regular meetinghouses, because it has a special purpose. In the temple, families who want to be together forever- husbands and wives who want their marriage to be legal for eternity instead of just for this life- can have their marriages and families "sealed" in a ceremony performed by a man who has authority from God to do that. In the temples we can also be baptized in place of our ancestors who might never have learned about baptism and the blessings God gives us when we're baptized. Since we want our great grandparents and aunts and uncles and others who have died to have the same blessings we've recieved from being baptized, we do it for them. We know that they can choose whether to accept the baptism or not. Since the things we do in the temple are so important, we want to be worthy in every way to perform these ceremonies for ourselves and for our ancestors. So, we can only go into the temples when we meet certain standards. These include being baptized ourselves, paying tithing, not eating or drinking harmful substances, obeying the law of chastity, being honest, and a few other things (basically obeying the commandments of Jesus Christ). Anyone who is willing to meet these standards can go in the temples and participate in the temple ceremonies. Show more Show less