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Hi I'm Kristin

I'm an Oregonian living in New York. I'm a missionary. I love life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I guess you could say that I am a "young adult", but sometimes I feel like I was born just yesterday! There are so many things to learn. The more I learn, the more I realize that I have a long way to go. That is probably why it was so hard at first for me to put my college studies as an engineer on hold to go on a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I thought that my books, labs, notes, and classes were the only ways to learn. But after being a missionary for a year now, I see how much I've learned in other areas of life! Along with college, I also put aside my music, french-speaking, photography, and soccer interests to serve the Lord full-time. It has been the best thing I have ever done. Though all of those hobbies and interests are dormant until my mission is over, I have been able to use what I developed in those areas to help me now. I just love learning, in whatever way it comes!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I learn and grow as I study the teachings of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and our current Prophet. I learn something new all the time. The doctrine doesn't change and God's purpose is always the same, but I understand it more fully as I grow. The answers to all of my questions are here. Most of all, I feel good. The Spirit brings me peace when I read the Book of Mormon, and I know that it is true. The truth is here, and I'm so glad that I have found it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith from day to day, studying and putting into practice what I know is true. I love being a full-time missionary, because I have the opportunity to share with others what I have gained because of the truths found in this church. Before I left on my mission, I served as a teacher in my congregation's local chapter of our women's organization, the Relief Society. That helped me solidify my knowledge of the doctrine and gave me an opportunity to practice teaching. I loved it! Now I teach people every day about what I know. What an honor.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Kristin
Mormons donate 10% of their income to the church because then we receive the promise given in the Bible in Malachi 3:10. This verse says that when we pay "tithing" (10%) then the Lord will pour out so many blessings from heaven that we will not have enough room to receive it. What an amazing blessing! Who wouldn't want that sort of help from the Lord? Some have said that they cannot afford to pay tithing. I can understand their fear and their anxiety over the day-to-day costs that can easily come before paying tithing. But remember that with the Lord's promise in Malachi 3:10, you will always be taken care of. I would dare to say that I cannot afford to NOT pay tithing. I have personally been blessed because of tithing, and I have seen blessings occur in the lives of those that I have taught. They have had literal blessings seemingly poured out from heaven when they donated 10%. It is a real promise with real blessings. Show more Show less