Hi I'm Crysi
I am a 25 year old optimistic and outgoing people person. I love people. I love to meet new people, and I love to be surrounded by my friends and family. From the time I was a little girl I have always sought out people and befriended them. I love to teach...I worked as an instructional assistant with children with severe disabilities, up until I decided to serve a full-time mission, in the Idaho Boise Mission! I love my Idaho family. I love people of all ages and have had many opportunities to teach and learn at the feet of a variety of people. I love to sing, act, and play the flute. I also enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, camping, and just being outdoors with my friends and family. I love life!
Why I am a Mormon
My parents taught me from the time I was very young to love the gospel with all my heart. As I grew up and embarked on my own discovery of what is true, I came to know for myself that what my parents had taught me all along was true. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it, I went to church every sunday and pondered the things I was taught and the way it made me feel, and I prayed to my Heavenly Father to KNOW for a surety that these things are true. The gospel of Jesus Christ has changed my life forever and that is Why I am a Mormon.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
In the course of my lifetime I have experienced multiple experiences with the loss of a loved one, but because of the Plan of Happiness, I can remain happy knowing that all goodbyes are temporary. I have been benefited in numerous ways, but it has especially enriched my life with peace and hope for the future. It gives me the patience to endure the difficulties of everyday life because I know where I came from, why I am here, and where I am going.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
The gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone. It makes us happy. When something makes you happy, you want to share it with others and we believe that the gospel will answer some of life's questions that cannot be answered anywhere else.
Could you talk about your baptism?
I was baptized on May 5, 1995. I was 8 years old, and remember being completely excited for that day to come. I remember coming out of the water and feeling warm and happy. I look back now and realize what a glorious day that was for me. It was the beginning of a new life for me, the day I promised by Heavenly Father that I would be the kind of person he wanted me to be, and the day I promised to keep all my promises with him. I still look back on that day, 16 years later, with deep fondness.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
I served a full-time mission in the Idaho Boise Mission! One of the 320 missions throughout the world. (As missionaries we do everything from service to sharing the gospel with others. Our purpose is to Invite others to come unto Christ. We want you to have a personal relationship with him. To understand his purpose in your life, and the lives of those around you. We do not take away from the things you already know and believe, we just add to them. Our invitation is for EVERYONE!) Upon returning home we do all we can to help those serving full-time to find and teach those we may know who are ready to hear the gospel.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
I think the biggest thing that comes from making the right choice, is the satisfaction and peace that comes from knowing that you did what you should do. When we make right choices, we are blessed. When we feel, and see those blessings in our lives, it makes us want to make more right choices.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
I think the biggest problem we face in today's world is that we are far too BUSY to spend time together. It is amazing to me how easy it is to be away from the home. Part of harmony means spending enough time to help out in the home. Simplify. Families are central to Heavenly Father's plan, and the best way to stay close, is to BE close. Serving each other out of a sincere desire and love for one another also helps us to feel a bond and create the harmony many of us are starving for.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
The purpose for prayer is to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that Heavenly Father is ready to give us, but are conditional upon our asking for them. Any time I am struggling, overwhelmed, and even the days I am happy...I know I can pray and share these feelings with my Heavenly Father. He has been such a part of my life, in fact, I owe him my life, and through prayer I can share my life with him.
How has attending Church services helped you?
I learned, in a very real sense, that every aspect of my life will be affected as I either choose to attend, or not attend church. It helps me start my week with a spiritual boost, and I never feel better than when I attend church. I love feeling closer to my Heavenly Father, renewing my promises (covenants) with him each week, and it helps remind me of the things I am doing well, and the things I need to improve. It helps me in every way.
What is hope and what do you hope for?
Hope is believing that good things will come, even when it doesn't appear that anything good is happening. Hope is an assurance that God will fulfill his promises to you, and that you know, no matter what is happening, things will be better with him. Hope is closely related to faith and love, and when we have hope, we increase in our faith and love for Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. I hope to marry in the temple, have a wonderful family, live a good long life, and to endure to the end. Hope is believing good things will come, and I know they will!
How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
The Book of Mormon answers all the questions of our souls. It can calm us, shape and mold us, and help us understand all we need to understand. In the introduction to the Book of Mormon it reads: "it tells men what they must do to gain peace in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come..." Who doesn't want peace? The Book of Mormon has helped me through lifes greatest trials, and even those that weren't as big as the first. I know who I am, where I came from, why I am here, and where I am going...It gives me purpose and identity, and I know it will do the same for anyone who takes the time to really ready and study it, liken it to themselves, and prays to know of its truthfulness.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
We serve. There is no other way that our talents could really bless others unless we give of them. I worked with children with severe disabilities before serving my mission, and when I got to Idaho, there was a family who had children with disabilities, because of my previous experience, and the "talent" I had for working with these children, I was able to teach them. I also sing, and I can use that in many ways, singing in church, and bringing the spirit into a meeting through music. It doesn't really matter what your talents are, someone somewhere needs exactly what you are good at doing. That is how we can bless others, by being willing and ready to share what you are good at doing.
How I live my faith
Faith is a principle of power and action. I live my faith by the choices I make each and every day. From reading the scriptures and saying my prayers, to the things I choose to say and do. Faith changes the way I interact with the people around me, and I live my faith as I strive to share it with those around me each and every day. I show my faith by being a friend, a part of a wonderful family, and by sharing the gospel with all I come in contact with.