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Hi I'm Kristine

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a mormon family with 7 children. I am the middle child. It was fun growing up with so many siblings, we could make teams and play soccer in our back yard. We all ended up doing different things and living in different places. I went to college and graduated with a degree in Biochemistry. I worked in different research and biotech jobs for many years until recently when I was laid off. It wasn't a bad thing though. I am expecting my second child and now have been given an opportunity to spend my time with my children while they are young. Work will be there later buy my babies won't. I met my husband four and a half years ago through our church and we were married a year and a half later. We love our time together because we don't get that much of it. I enjoy playing soccer (when I'm not pregnant) and try to get exercise in when I can but running after an almost 2 year old can be quite exhausting! My husband is a police officer and it sure has it's challenges. There is no such thing as a "normal" schedule and although I thought it would be easy for me before we were married I am finding out that it's a lot more work than I though. Somehow we make it work though.

Why I am a Mormon

I think like most people who grew up Mormon I had to go through my own conversion. After high school was over and I was no longer under my parents rule I really started to question whether this was 'the' true church. I had never studied any other religion before and I wondered whether there was something else out there that was it. My conversion was slow and looking from the outside quite uneventful. In ways almost too small to even notice my Father let me know that he was aware of me and in a very personal way I felt His love pierce my soul. The more that I prayed and the more sincere I was in my prayers the closer I felt to Him. I could feel His spirit when I attended church and when I read the Book of Mormon. It brought me great joy and gave me direction and understanding. I came to know of His plan for me and I could feel His guiding influence in ways that I am not able to describe. I just knew and I knew that He was communicating with me and there was no person nor force in this world that was involved other than us. As I continued to learn and study more and more I felt that His desire for me was to serve His as one of his missionaries. I had honestly never given the idea one thought but the feeling wouldn't go away and kept getting stronger. I served a mission in Valencia, Venezuela when I was 24. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had and has solidified my testimony in Jesus Christ and in His church. This testimony has carried me through my life since and as I continually build upon it I know that it will carry me through the rest. I know that Christ is real, not just as a person but as our Redeemer. He lives! He lives for me and for you and for every single person that has ever or will ever live on this earth. He doesn't live for himself or for glory or power or anything that this world has to offer but to bring us home. He lives, He lives!

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to serve in my congregation. I have worked with the young children as well as the youth and the adult women. I am currently the emergency preparedness coordinator. Recently I had become more interested in emergency preparedness, perhaps since I had my children, 11 months and 3 years old. Also since the world has been experiencing many natural disasters the like of which our world has never seen. We recently had a power outage in San Diego county that caught a lot of people off guard. I think because we realized that yes, we are susceptible to many things and if we are not prepared there's not telling what can happen.

What is being a Mormon like?

I don't know what it's like to not be a Mormon so to me being Mormon is as normal as anything else. I eat, sleep and drink. I went to public school, got a degree at a non-Mormon university, worked a Monday through Friday 8 to 5 job for about 10 years. I have friends that are not Mormon. Perhaps what is different about living as a Mormon is that my perspective in life is a little different. I try to see things as having a purpose. There is a purpose in life and nothing happens just because. I attend church every Sunday and read my scriptures every day. I try to keep the commandments. I am not perfect nor do I think I am. I am a work in progress but I believe that this life with it's ups and downs helps me to progress and become a better person. The center of my life is my family. Since I was married to my husband for all time and eternity, I view my marriage as a very precious and valuable thing. It is something that I work very hard for. In no way is it perfect and at times it is the hardest thing I have ever done. My efforts are to keep my family together and to teach my children the things they won't find out in the world. Things like values and spiritual truth. I am an educated person with a degree in biochemistry. I have spent a lot of time learning about science. I realize that in the science world there are some conflicts between the idea of God and science. The more I learn about science and the universe the stronger I believe that there is a God. Show more Show less