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Hi I'm Christen

I am an academic advisor and knitter. I love road trips and live music. I take ballet lessons and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 30-something single adult, city girl who loves the country, public transportation, farmers markets and library cards. I rowed crew in college and still enjoy rowing non-competitively with our local boat club. I work in the student services sector of higher education and I especially enjoy making a difference in the lives of my students. I love live music, road trips, being a good daughter and sister, and I especially love finding a new adventure on any given Saturday morning!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a small town in Alaska, spending lots of time building tree forts and reading books! Ours was a loving, Christian household where family unity, devotion to God and gospel principles were stressed but I suppose it was our lack of finding "just the right church" that lead me to have an academic interest in religion and philosophy. When I went away to college I started searching for my own spiritual home. While I earned a BA in philosophy and theology, it took me several more years after college to find my spiritual home. While working as an academic advisor at a university I met my friend Shanna. Shanna was open about her faith and I was curious! I visited church with her and met the missionaries and to my surprise, so much of what they were teaching me I felt like I already knew somehow. I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since October 25th, 2009. I am a Mormon because I believe it is the best way to follow Christ.

How I live my faith

One of the things that I love about the Mormon Church is that is 100% volunteer based. Everyone pitches in, sometimes in areas that we have strengths or talents in or sometimes in areas that we can focus on to develop further skills while benefiting others. I have found that through my volunteer work in the church I am able to really focus on being the hands of Christ and try my best to bring his love to those I work with. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the largest womens organization in the world and each congregation, or ward, has its own auxiliary group. I am privileged to work with three other women in the ward leadership of our womens group. We organize activities for women that promote physical, mental and spiritual health and wellness. In a world where women are so often told we are not enough, we look out for each other and take each other's well being as seriously as our own.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Christen
I had great missionaries when I was investigating the church! Missionaries are college age young adults who have saved up their own money to take up to two years to volunteer their time to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. They have lessons and discussions that they are prepared to share with anyone who is interested in learning more about the church. The discussions begin with the message of the Restoration of the Gospel-that our church is based on a biblical foundation, building upon the work started by the apostles and prophets in the very same structure as the early church . The next lesson is on the Plan of Salvation or more simply put, the purpose to our lives. Why is free will or agency so important and how do we know our greatest purpose is that we may know joy are questions the missionaries will be happy to answer! The third lesson is on the gospel of Jesus Christ, His life, message and atonement for our sin. You'll discuss why baptism is important and the missionaries will share with you their experience having the Holy Ghost as a constant companion. The last lessons are on the commandments and laws of Christ's church that allow us to fully participate in our personal relationship with our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less