Hi I'm Cristina!
Addicted to travel. I laugh at my own jokes. Awkward returned missionary. Hi.
My background's all over the place. My parents are from Peru and were converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their 20's. Later they moved to Spain and that's where I was born and raised. I miss it a lot, but I'm grateful for the Lord's hand in my life to move to California. I have a younger brother, 2 cats, and a dog. Since our family is so small, our pets are pretty much family to me. I'm a hip-hop dancer, it's when I can really be myself. I also love eating and sleeping, I'm a fan of "siestas" :). I'm currently a student at BYU, having just returned from a mission in Iowa. My life has not been the same since. I'm eternally indebted for the opportunity I had to serve God's children in the beautiful Midwest. My testimony has grown exponentially. Someday, I hope to have my own family where missionary work becomes part of who we are.
Why I am a Mormon
My parents converted when they were young and my brother and I were born in the church. However, after my parents' divorce process, I had a really hard time believing that families could really be together forever or that God was really there for me. I had been relying on my mother's testimony for so long that I didn't have one. I felt hopeless and unloved. I became bitter at the world. I just stopped caring. One day I finally hit rock bottom and told my Heavenly Father everything I was feeling, my worries, my complaints, everything. I felt this warmth taking over me, as if I was being hugged. I could feel Christ's Atonement and I knew at that moment that when He was at Gethsemane, suffering for all our sins and pains, that He felt everything that I was feeling at that moment. I knew that He knew exactly what I was going through and that I was not alone. Even if my parents on earth weren't perfect, my Heavenly Father was. I was converted to the Gospel at age 17. Since then, no matter how hard things have been, I know I can always rely on my Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ, to help me through those times. My conversion story is still evolving, it's a continual process, it's an eternal process. Since my mission, I know that there are no coincidences in life. Everything happens for a reason. We need to take chances, take ourselves out of our comfort zone, exercise our faith. That's when miracles happen.
How I live my faith
I also do my best to do these two things everyday: constant prayer and scripture study. I need to practice and believe what I preach, so studying my scriptures everyday and conversing with my Heavenly Father not only strengthens my beliefs, but it also makes it easier to be and stay an active member of the Church. Nothing that we learn will matter if we don't apply it our lives.