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Hi I'm Kristin

I'm a native Arizonan, a maker of braided rugs, a health enthusiast, a musician, a writer, a wife, a mother. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am exactly where I want to be. Ten years ago I could have never imagined my life as it is. But it's amazing and I love it. Difficult? Unbelievably so. And yet the last five years have been the happiest of my life because for once in my life I know everything will be okay. I am approaching my 8th wedding anniversary and I there are three beautiful souls in my home that I am priveleged to be a mother to. I live in the middle of nowhere California, rent a big old house, have a massive vegetable garden and a sprinkler for the kids to play in. I was once given a piece of advice, in earnest, by a well-known English professor and author; he told me to not get married. He told me to travel, and to write. He was sure that if I married, all chance of me ever "becoming a writer" would disapear. But a whisper in my heart said I should not postpone life to pursue writing. I am so glad I listened! My life since then has taken on so much depth, simply because of the good choices I have made. And as a result, not only am I a happier person, but my writing has grown and improved with me. I have no doubt when the time is right, the Lord will make use of me. In contrast, ten years ago I was lost. I was full of sadness, confusion, and hatred towards myself. I avoided church meetings and I never prayed. It wasn't until I opened the Book of Mormon and read it cover to cover for the first time in my life that I saw a brilliant light at the end of the tunnel. And it was beautiful!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a mormon, but I didn't really become "converted" until I was in my early twenties and already married. Luckily I married someone who wanted good things for me; he encouraged me to pray and we began going to church together. Since then I have gained a testimony little by little. I often think of the phrase "if it be a good seed it will bring forth good fruit." It's so simple. Plant the seed and see what grows. I have tried many seeds: scripture reading, church attendance, prayer, tithing, modesty, willingness to serve, and others. Each time I have found good things growing in me and in my life as a result of these "seeds". I find increased knowledge, self-esteem, happiness, peace, improvement or discovery of abilities, and many more. And so I continue to incorporate more and more gospel principles into my life while eagerly waiting the good things I know will happen.

How I live my faith

I have found my musical abilities to be a blessing to me and others because it gives me a way in which I can serve others. I have played the piano for numerous choirs and children's groups, accompanied singers and instrumentalists, played the organ for Sunday Service, played violin in string groups, sang in small ensembles or duets, and organized singing programs. And because I don't find these things difficult, I am able to contribute even if my time and energy is limited. And the best part about it is that none of my abilities would exist if it weren't for the service of other members. I was taught to play the piano by an aunt (who let me wash her windows in exchange), a friend from church (once again, window washing was involved), and many others who gave of themselves to see me suceed. I was even given a piano to practice on when I was 16. I am happy to give service just as it was selflessly given to me.