Hi I'm Crystal
I am a convert of seven years who found the Church through sister missionaries knocking on the door. I was 19 when I joined the Church! I am an avid reader and love learning random pieces of information that no one else really knows!! I am married with two beautiful and active boys and expecting my first little girl. I grew up in upstate New York and have 3 siblings and 2 wonderful parents. My mother is the only other member of the Church at this time. I have served a mission for the Church in Alabama and studied with the Jehovah's Witnesses and The Roman Catholic Church before I joined the Church and love learning about all religions!
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Latter-Day Saint because after reading the Book of Mormon and getting on my knees to ask Heavenly Father and received an undeniable confirmation of the truthfulness of the gospel through the Holy Ghost the third member of the Godhead. If I did not have the gospel in my life I would not be as happy as I am nor would I be able to accomplish the things that I have accomplished. I owe all that I am to find the truth that has set me free to my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ!
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
Latter-Day Saints Mormons work on their family history because we believe that our ancestors are waiting for their work to be done and at the heart of our drive to complete this work is our belief that families are eternal and will and are together after this life. In order for us to be together forever we must receive all of the ordinances baptism, gift of the Holy Ghost, endowment, and marriage by one hold proper authority not only as we are alive, but also for those who did not have the opportunity to hear the gospel in their time here on earth.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
I know that for me served a mission, because, I felt that I needed to pay the Savior back for bringing me the gospel. I wanted to be the person that changed the life of another through teaching with the power of God just as the missionaries who taught me. I knew from the very first day of being a member of the Church that I was going to serve a mission and tech the gospel. I also feel the we serve missions so that we can bring others to a better understanding of who they are, where they, come from, why they are here, and where they go after this life. I wanted to share this knowledge with others so that they could have the joy and happiness that I have felt and so that they could have a bond with the Savior that was even stronger than they the one they they had established already. I did it out of love for God's children and the desire to help them make it back home to live with our Heavenly Father.
What blessings have come through your faith in Jesus Christ?
One of the greatest blessings that has come to be due to my faith in Jesus Christ is the strength to endure through those times in my life that don't make sense and cause me a lot of pain. I cannot express to you how this faith allows me to get up each morning hoping that the trial will be over and that I will have learned what it is I am to learn and apply those lessons to my life! Another great blessing that has come through having faith is the friends that I have in my life. This might sound strange, but it is through my faith that I am led to those that I need to have in my life that I might draw strength from them and learn and grow and also that I might help them. Faith is like starting off with a small seed that cannot be seen and then one day looking around and realizing that this faith has brought you to a place where a large and strong tree has spouted!
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
The Book of Mormon is what truly gave me a testimony that there is a God and that He is real! Before I was blessed with this gift, I knew of a God and thought that He might be there, but as I read this marvelous book I came to see how it is that He was leading and guiding His children back to Him. Each story every time that I have read through The Book of Mormon teach me of His power and majesty, but more importantly it has showed me His tender kindness, mercy, and suffering on even my behalf. The more I read and study this book the more I come to see how His hand is in my life. He truly does know each of us by name and knows what it is that we need to progress that we might return to live with Him!
How I live my faith
I live my faith through deeds and trying to love all of those that are around me. I serve the best that I can in the callings or assignments that are given me in the Church and try to help others to serve in their callings and assignments. I love teaching the gospel and trying to help others to understand what it is that we believe and why we believe it. I love learning about what others believe and why so that I am better prepared to help them understand where I am coming from and what I believe.