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Hi I'm Christi

I am a wife, mother, director of a non-profit, Registered Nurse, gardener, and avid traveler and outdoorswoman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am blisfully married to a sweet, handsome, hardworking man who never grumbles about getting up with kids in the middle of the night or changing stinky diapers. We have a fun, beautiful 6yo son, a hilarious entertaining 4yo daughter, a cheeky 2yo daughter, and a delightful 1yo daughter. They are our life, motivation, joy, purpose. If you really want details, there's a lot more: I grew up in NYC, the Bay Area CA and near Washington DC playing soccer, tennis, running track and accompanying choirs on the piano. I attended college in UT and VA, ending up with a Master's in Public Health and Bachelor's in Nursing and International Relations. I served an 18 month mission in Spain. I have traveled & volunteered all over Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. I worked as an Emergency Deparment nurse, and am the Director of Operations of a non-profit, Serve a Village. I LOVE(d) my jobs, knowing that I am helping those in need. As a family we love to camp, hike, rock climb, kayak, sail, snowboard, wakeboard, paddleboard, exercise, travel and SERVE. We love being in the mountains or at the beach, and we are passionate about traveling. In the midst of child-rearing, I am also passionate about natural/attachment parenting (breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby-wearing, infant-potty training, whole foods, holistic health, etc), food gardening, homeschooling, adoption, reading and limiting screen-time! I am a bit of a tom-boy but I sure love wildflowers.

Why I am a Mormon

I am eternally grateful for my ancestors who joined the Church of Jesus Christ centuries ago, who crossed oceans and plains to find religious freedom and safety in the West. I am equally thankful for parents who raised me in the Church of Jesus Christ, who established righteous traditions of church attendance, family prayer, scripture study, working and playing together, who demonstrated selfless love towards each other, me, my siblings, and all those around us. I have chosen to continue to follow His gospel because I KNOW that it is the only path to true, deep, eternal peace and joy. God's commandments aren't restrictive; they were established to set us free. I know that obedience frees us from sin, guilt, addictions, pain, animosity, discord in the home, confusion, loneliness, depression, feeling worthless, impatience, selfishness, materialism, anger, pessimism, etc. More than anything else, I chose to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ because I want to spend eternity with my family, my Savior and my Heavenly Father. I can't even fathom letting the immeasurable joy we share as a family end with this life. I want to live obediently, apply Christ's atonement in my life, and do all that I can to ensure eternal life with those whom I love most.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith through all of my actions and interactions. I think my faith is evident in my optimism and my constant strive to improve. I try to utilize my time in productive, meaningful and charitable ways. I try to treat everyone as a child of God. I spend time in nature, appreciating and caring for God's creations. It is awe of God's finest creation - the human body - and love for all of His children, that led me to become a nurse and to establish a non-profit. The Church of Jesus Christ is a church of service. From an early age, we are given endless opportunities to serve in our congregation. As a teenager I served as a pianist, in various choirs, in the presidency of my young women group and as a member of youth activity committees. As a young adult, I served a full-time 18 month mission in Spain, spending 70 hours/wk teaching the people there about our Savior's love for them. Since returning from Spain, I have sought opportunities to continue serving the hispanic population. We attend a Spanish-speaking congregation and I currently serve as the President of the Young Women group (teenage girls), overseeing their Sunday lessons, faith- and character-building activities during the week, and other special activities throughout the year, and providing general support to these beautiful girls as they navigate their way through the challenging teen years. I have also had the opportunity to teach Sunday School for 8-11yo youth, help organize week-long Girls' Camps, and chaperone youth conferences and dances for teen boys/girls. As much as I hope I have helped others through these service opportunities, I know that in the end, I am the one who has been mostly richly blessed. I have found life-time friends; developed organizational, teaching and communication skills; developed greater charity and compassion; enriched my knowledge and understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and strengthened my testimony and faith in Him.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Christi
Well, what is the best way to get to know anyone??? Talk to them!!! Heavenly Father invites all of His children, at all times, to talk with Him through prayer. You can pray kneeling, walking, driving, in your mind, out loud, through song, alone, with your children, with your co-workers. And then, if you listen and observe, you will undoubtedly see and feel His answers to your prayers and know that He lives and loves you. I also think I am passionate about the outdoors and the human body because both are such powerful manifestations of God's existence. None of this was created by chance; rather, these creations are evidence of His existence and his omnipotence. Spend some time in nature and marveling at the human body and you will undoubtedly come to know the Creator. Show more Show less