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Hi I'm Kristen

I'm a Texas girl, born and raised. I'm a social worker, an advocate for immigrants and refugees and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am blessed enough to be in a profession where I can go home at the end of the day and feel like I've done good in the world and impacted lives. I am fascinated with culture and feel an undeniable draw to immigrants and refugees. There is something about being uprooted from your home and everything you love, finding yourself in a strange new world where you don't quite fit in that I can really relate with. I feel that Heavenly Father has given me unique passions, interests and talents that allow me to bless others. I was extremely blessed to serve in the Philippines Cebu Mission full-time for 18 months. I learned a Filipino dialect called Cebuano and learned to love the Filipino people in a way that is will forever remain with me. I learned from their humility, strength, courage and strong faith. I count them as my dearest friends. When I am not trying to save the world, I enjoy running and doing yoga. I also love to read and enjoy learning whatever I can get my hands on especially about other cultures and social issues. I am quirky, fun and I love being an individual in a meaningful community of friends and neighbors!

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized into the Church when I was 8 years old. I went to the Church off and on growing up and eventually fell away during high school and some of college. I came back to the Church when I was 20 years old. Unfortunately, before that time I had made lots of mistakes that made coming back more difficult. Through this experience and many others, I gained such a powerful and personal testimony of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Testifying to others during my full-time mission of the truthfulness of the Gospel have allowed me to gain a greater conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ not only died for MY sins and YOUR sins, but he also experienced every physical, emotional, and spiritual pain that YOU and I have ever experienced or will experience in this life! It is an infinite and continuous atonement which means it covers ALL PEOPLE who have ever lived, are living, and will live AND that it covers EVERY time we sin, even if these sins are repeated over and over again! I know this for a FACT and I have personally experienced the miracle of forgiveness in my life. I continue to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ because I've lived a life without Him and His Gospel and I've felt the dramatic difference. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon help me grow closer to my Heavenly Father, whom I love with all of my heart. I know the Book of Mormon to be a true book containing God's word. This Book is about Christ and serves as another witness of His divinity. The eternal truths contained in this book have changed my life forever and continue to do so. There is a unique promise contained within this book if you SINCERELY read it and SINCERELY ask God if it is true, it will be REVEALED to you! This is contained in a book of the Book of Mormon called Moroni, chapter 10 verses 3-5. I have done this on numerous occasions and the answer to me remains a resounding YES!

How I live my faith

One of the most fundamental beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that we are all brothers and sisters. When you look at your fellowman in that light, things change. You no longer are divided by race, ethnicity, religious preference or political beliefs-which allows you to feel love for complete strangers. I am blessed enough to take this knowledge and apply it in my workplace in which it is necessary to care for others and have a desire to help them. My church congregation consists of Young Single Adults ages 18-30, which we call a YSA ward. In this ward, I serve as the first counselor in the Relief Society which is a world-wide women's organization. I love Relief Society because it gives us a chance as sisters to meet together and share in the bond of womanhood. It connects us to a global membership of Latter-day Saint women who are also striving to be better disciples of Jesus Christ. In the calling, I am partly responsible for the well-being of the sisters in the ward-whether this be temporal, physical, spiritual, emotional. We strive to help each sister feel welcomed, loved and noticed. There are so many unique problems that we face as Young Single Adults that it is such a blessing to associate with others in a similar life stage. I experience great joy from to serve in this capacity and believe that it is not merely an assignment, but an inspiration from God. I also enjoy assisting the Church's missionaries in teaching of the Gospel to those who are interested in learning more. As missionaries, we meet the person where they are at spiritually and work with them to help them grow closer to God and learn how to serve Him more fully, which we ALL need. I love seeing the positive changes people make in their lives and it is even visible in their eyes how much happier they are.