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Hi I'm Kristie

I'm a wife, mother of 5 4 are special needs, loyal Texan, problem solver, friend, color guard coach. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm happily married to my best friend. We have five amazing children. Two are gifted/advanced. One is autistic. One may have apraxia, is very smart but has a communication delay. The last one seems to be just a regular little guy. I stay at home with them for the most part but recently began coaching Color Guard at the local high school. My husband is a dentist.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. My parents are amazing and gave me a wonderful foundation of faith. The gospel of Jesus Christ is truely my foundation. When I became an adult, I had to face my future on my own two feet, without my parent's constant direction. It was then that I developed my own testimony. Things I'd always known to be true became much more real as I learned what they meant for me as an individual. I know my Heavenly Father loves me. He has given me many blessings for which I am grateful. I have an eternal family. My trials are meant for my good. The experiences I have in mothering special needs children have been a source of much learning, challenge and trial. Through my relationship with my Heavenly Father, I have come to see these challenges as compliments from a loving Father who believes in me. I know I can be what my children need me to be because my Heavenly Father believes I can do it. I have a testimony of the atonement. We are all God's children. He doesn't want us to be unhappy and has provided a way for us to be with Him again. Through the gospel, following the plan, we can correct any wrong and find love and acceptance in the arms of our Savior's love.

How I live my faith

As an adult in the church, much of my service in the church has been in the Primary organization. It's the place where we teach our young children from 18months to 11 years. I enjoy working with the children. Their simple joy at the beauty of the Gospel inspires me! It's a fun place to serve with music and activities to help the children develop their own testimonies and learn the principles of the gospel. I also enjoy serving as a visiting teacher. I like visiting with other adult women in my ward. It fosters lasting friendship and is a source of support in times of trial.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Kristie
The church is very organized. It helps to provide leadership by dividing the members geographically. A branch is small collection of members in an area. A ward is a large collection of members in an area. A stake is a collection of branches and wards. A very large concentration of members in an area may have many wards, branches and stakes. Each Sunday, we attend the ward or branch meetings that our physical home address would be assigned to. Twice a year we attend a much larger Sunday meeting on a stake level comprised of members from all the wards and branches assigned to that stake. All over the world, our members are organized in this way. I can visit any meeting on any Sunday and the format would be familiar, the lessons taught would be from the same manuals and probably in the same order as what is happening in my "home ward." Show more Show less