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Hi I'm Kirsten

I am a mother of three boys. I have a passion for reading and love being with my family. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Juggling life with three very young boys isn't always easy. It's hard to find a balance and time for any of my MANY interests. When my first was born I dropped out of college before getting my degree because I felt like I needed to be a mother and I couldn't juggle school and motherhood. I have suffered from depression off and on throughout my life, and can identify several times when I have been in the depths of despair and finally sought counseling because of the dark thoughts that plagued me. Counselling would generally help me cope for a while. After my third boy was born I suffered from my worst bout with depression. I was doing all I could to find joy and would occasionally see glimpses of light when reading my scriptures and spending time with my kids, but they wouldn't last and were fleeting. It seemed like the world was dark and without lasting hope. My husbands work would take us all over and we would move every year or two. At the time we were in Georgia and it happened that one of my good friends moved there the same time as we did. She recognized what I was going through and made me promise to seek help. I finally did, I started my medication and the world changed. I no longer concentrate on the negative. I am gratefull to a loving God who knows our challenges and places people on our path who can help us. I put my trust in God and know that eventially I'll get back to my interests and hobbies, but for now my greatest joy comes through my children.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints there were times when I questioned some of the things that I was taught. It was hard for me to believe that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon or that he saw God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. When I was in High School one of my teachers challenged us to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know whether it was true or not. I took the challenge and slowly built a strong testimony of every part of the Church. Now I receive answers daily reminding me of the things that I know are true, and the joy that comes with that knowledge helps me face any trial that comes my way. There isn't anything in the church you can't pray about. I know that God hears and answers our prayers. He loves us and has given us His church so we can return to live with Him...but don't take my word for it, pray and get your own answer.

How I live my faith

Since our family moves so often sometimes it's hard to get involved, but through the church I find that I've been able to make a difference. I love helping with the programs for the children in the church and though I'm not musically talented. While we were in Texas I was able to teach the children about God's love for them through music. I remember spending hours during the week planning how to teach the different age groups. Sundays were crazy running from one group to another and teaching kids ages 18months to 11 years old, but it was also the most rewarding. When we left Texas for Colorado I was able to help the missionaries in translating their messages for spanish speakers and meet with the hispanic community to teach them of God's love. Then in Georgia I went back to teaching the children, first as a sunday school teacher for the 6-8 year old class then in planning and organizing the programs and activities for the children. There are about 70 kids that we would organize into classes, and make sure that they had time to sing, time for special lessons, and their class time. By far my favorite way to get involved is by getting to know each one of those children and the unique situations they come from. We have children with one parent at home, kids who have a parent deployed, or who live with grandparents, we have children whose families struggle to make ends meet as well as the kids who come from two parent homes and are taught the gospel at home. Its amazing that no matter what background these children come with they are equal in God's eyes and each one is precious. I love seeing their faith and their testimony of Jesus as their Savior and often feel that I gain more from them then I am able to give. I hope that wherever life leads I will be able to work with the children in the church.