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Hi I'm Christiane

I'm a wife. I'm a college professor. I'm a researcher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised by a father with pioneer heritage and a convert mother. I am part of a large family, so there wasn't much money to our family to travel. My parents worked to bring the world to us. My father's international colleagues would visit our home and tell us stories about the world. My parents also invited exchange students to live in our home. Later, my parents needed money to pay for their kids to go to college. When I was a pre-teen, my mother started teaching at a local school. Her example of dedication to my family, her students, and the church inspired me to follow her example. I thought I'd teach children like my mother, but I realized I loved teaching adults. My love for people from other countries was well established in my parents' home. I got a degree in teaching English as a Second Language and began to teach at a community college. Without leaving North America, I have taught English to adults from all around the world for over ten years. Teaching at the college also helped me find my husband (born in Germany). We are a happy couple looking forward to having children. Our days are filled with running errands and sharing of household duties (I don't vacuum). I just completed my doctorate degree in Educational Psychology. I studied how people learn. I'm most interested in the connection between equity and educational opportunity/support. My hope is that my research can change policies so more people can benefit from obtaining a college education.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is important to me because it is the one religion that helps me understand the true nature of God and my relationship with Him. I am a daughter of God. I am immeasurably precious to Him. I aspire to live a faithful life and to return to be with my Father in Heaven one day. Working at a college challenges my faith at times because it is a liberal environment. However, I see a college as a place to further the conversation on the range of options (both conservative and liberal) that exist for us as individuals. For me, I'm able to be who I am and to share that with others.

How I live my faith

Faith is an individual process that is like exercising. It must occur often enough to be of any use to you. Faith is created and strengthened on a few simple, but easy to forget, activities--daily personal prayer, personal scripture study, and fulfilling one's service to the Lord (namely through attending church and doing one's assigned duties). My callings in working in my stake's Family History Center and teaching the Gospel Essentials class for investigators and new members have strengthened my testimony of sharing the gospel. The studying and work required to fulfill my callings have added such texture to my life and provided me with a sense of happiness I know that others do not share.

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

I see God in so many aspects of our lives. In the change of the seasons, in the science that surrounds us, in the research that is discovers some "new" principle, I see evidence that there is a God and that He loves me. If He loves me, then I know that He loves you. Show more Show less