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Hi I'm Kristie

I'm a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Let's see, I'm a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl. I love to wear baseball caps. I graduated in Spanish and Communication Disorders. I taught beginning level Spanish for a few years and loved it! My hobbies include hiking, camping, journal writing, baking, photography, and singing. I love meeting new people and seeing new things. I'm just your average girl with big dreams. ...One of those big dreams was always becoming a mother. In the past however, when I contemplated taking this step, it terrified me. Everything about it was unknown to me and I felt completely overwhelmed. After much prayer, Heavenly Father helped me to overcome my fears. We recently had our first child. It has been such a blessing to care for and love this little miracle.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for more than one reason. The first is that I was born into an LDS home. My parents raised us with the standards and teachings of the church. However, I continue in the faith- not simply because it was how I was raised- but because I know it's true. How do I know? I've prayed numerous times to my Heavenly Father asking whether or not The Book of Mormon is true, and each time I've received a personal witness from the Holy Ghost that it is. If The Book of Mormon is true, Joseph Smith was called of God to translate it and the church that was restored by God through Joseph Smith, namely The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the Lord's true church on the earth today. That's good enough for me!

How I live my faith

Religion isn't something you put on or take off like an outfit you like one day, but are tired of the next. It's a part of you. My faith is not just what I believe. It's who I am. I live my faith when I wake up and the first thing I do is kneel down beside my bed to thank my Father in Heaven for a new day and ask for his help in accomplishing my goals. I live my faith when I smile and try to lift those around me. I live my faith when I study the scriptures as part of my daily routine. When I apply what I learn, I live my faith.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

The purpose of life simply put is to live everyday as if the next day you'll be with God. It's preparing now for eternity. "For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors." Alma 34:32 What labors are we to perform? Well, Christ himself tells us. "Ye know the things that ye must do in my church for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do" 3 Nephi 27:21 "For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done" John 13:15. Christ is our perfect example of how we should live our lives. He went about doing good Acts 10:38. Our purpose is to do the same. Another part of our purpose here is to receive and live by certain principles and ordinances of the gospel that Christ taught during his earthly ministry. Those including faith, repentance, baptism by immersion, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. Isn't the purpose of life great? It's all about returning to live with our loving Father in Heaven and he's given us all the tools we need to do so! Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Women and men are inherently different and each have their individual roles to play in any organization. Men hold the priesthood because that is the way the Lord organized His church when He was on the earth- it is by His direction and design that we are organized today. Women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are asked to take on their own set of responsibilities. For example, I recently held a calling in my ward as a counselor in the presidency of the Relief Society (an organization for women in the church, organized in 1842). In this calling, I was asked to get to know the other sisters as well as I could, oversee activities and do my best to make sure that those activities fulfilled the purposes of this inspired organization. These purposes are to prepare women for the blessings of eternal life by helping them increase their faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and help those in need. My current calling is that of a den leader over a group of cub scouts. We are having a great time! I have never felt that my role in the church was any less significant than that of the men. We come together as equal partners to progress the Lord's work. Show more Show less