Hi I'm Christina
As noted B4, I am about to finish a long trek toward completing my college education. When it is all said and done I will have a double major, Elementary and Special Education with an ESL endorsement. It will be an awesome experience to walk across that graduation stage and receive my degree. What will be even more awesome is my children being able to watch me receive it... Hopefully this experience will be one that we will want to take a mental picture of and place in our memory to last forever. I love to mountain bike, run and work out. My goal is to do a tri race before I get too old. LOL! But - "Line upon, Line" - as they say or one goal at a time from Saturday's Warriors - a good movie at least for me maybe because of the memories attached to it. I am African American, and Italian. Thankful for the opportunity to be a part of two great cultures and the heritages that are attached with them. It is definitely something that I am very proud of. I am also proud of my decision to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That single decision has contributed so many positive experiences to my life in so many infinite ways.
Why I am a Mormon
I decided to join the church when I was 12 years old. My family and I were at a point in our lives when we were looking for something more. What the "more" was we wouldn't really know until we found it. Luckily we had a neighbor that was always doing good deeds and always seemed to be happy or at least at peace. So we asked why he was able to be that way. He responded by asking us if we wanted the missionaries to come over. Well, long story short they did and the "more" we were looking for we found through the missionaries message that they shared with us. Their message was simple, but yet very moving even though I was only 12, I could feel of their love for our Savior. Of course more details are attached to this story, but ultimately I am thankful for our neighbor that directed us to the missionaries who taught us about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
What have you done successfully to shield your family from unwanted influences?
Life is crazy! So, I want to provide a place for my family that can be safe. I understand that we need to be active participants in life, but I also want to shield or help protect my family from unwanted influences. Or at least teach them how to handle them when it does enter their life. I feel that the only way to do that is to create an environment in our home that reinforces gospel principles that help them deal with situations that could occur in their day to day life. One way we try to accomplish is by holding Family Home Evening. We do this once a week where we discuss gospel topics and what is going on within each family member’s life. It is a fun time and it is nice to know that that every week that time is set aside for our family.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
It would have to be the good feeling you get when you do make a right choice. I think it is very powerful feeling. And by making right choices you can usually see the consequences of it and it makes you want to continue on that cycle of making right choices.
How I live my faith
My family and I just moved to a new area and we were excited to start up in a new branch. That is the awesome thing about the church, no matter where you go in the world you can find a ward or branch to attend. So, we are now attending the Samoan speaking branch. My husband is full Samoan and we are thrilled to be members of the branch.