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Hi I'm Krysten

I grew up a Southern Baptist and gymnastics was my life. Then I met the missionaries. This is my story. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Dallas, Texas however, I'm currently off at college working on my degree in communications with an emphasis in advertising. I'm also completing a minor in LDS Family Living, which I absolutely love. While at school I compete as a gymnast. This has taught me sacrifice, love, dedication, hard work, and many other wonderful attributes. Being away for school has broaden my education in more ways than just a classroom, I have become a well-rounded individual and have learned to appreciate many varieties of culture, music, and various other things that only my university offers. I came to school as a Baptist and I'm leaving with much more, a testimony of the true Gospel of Christ. I strive to be a beacon of Christ's light to everyone I meet and show others there is more to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints than meets the eye.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up as an only child I was given many opportunities to succeed in life. My parents enrolled me in gymnastics classes at an early age and quickly realized my talent. Gymnastics soon became everything about my life--I lived, breathed, and slept gymnastics. I worked extremely hard and when I graduated high school I was offered a spot on the BYU team. At the time I knew this was everything I had worked for, my goal was complete. The only problem was that I had no plans for after gymnastics. That was until I met the missionaries. While taking the lessons I realized that there was more to life than gymnastics and I was here to fulfill a greater purpose. The missionaries taught me some of the amazing opportunities that would be given to me if I choose to become a Mormon. After a year of taking discussions, I was baptized on October 31, 2009. Since then I have come to realize that being Mormon is more than accepting Christ's as our Savior and having absolute faith, it's about continuing to share the message of the Gospel, service to everyone you to meet, and striving every day to build up yourself and your family to one day inherit a spot in the celestial kingdom. I'm a Mormon because it gave me a chance for a new life, a new family, and a new person that I could be proud of. I'm Mormon because the family is the most important thing I can have in my mortal life. I'm Mormon because it gave me an answer to the question I was asking "what comes after my life as a gymnast."

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a light to everyone that I meet. I strive to serve someone every day and just by being a positive influence--even if that means just smiling. I love being around others and interacting with new people. The best way to live my faith and be a strong example of a Mormon is to demonstrate being a disciple of Christ and fill my life with selfless service.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not necessarily believe that the living apostles today are a replacement for the apostles around the time of Christ, but instead could be seen as additional apostles that help us during these times. Not only do we learn from the original 12 apostles, but we learn guidance that is specific to our time from the 12 living apostles today. While taking the missionary lessons this concept was difficult for me to understand at first, but it has become important to me, personally, because it shows me how much Heavenly Father loves us. He loves us so much that He sent us apostles here today in order to give us additional aid and guidance, so we can one day return to live with Him. I know that the living apostles today are true apostles of God and they have the ability to receive revelation to help guide the Church, I also know that the original 12 apostles are also true apostles of God and through studying their teachings and I can also receive guidance to help me throughout my life. Show more Show less