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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a mom of four. Love to sing, play the guitar, ski, & study the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm also a nurse and love science.

About Me

I'm married to a good guy and have four great kids. I have a son who graduated from BYU in music, then received a masters in music at ASU, and is now working on his doctorate at Arizona State. Our second son graduated in International Cultural Studies from BYU Hawaii and works for Coca Cola. My daughter graduated in nursing from BYU and is currently working at a teaching hospital as an ICU Neuro RN. My youngest son is attending BYU and recently was accepted into the Business Program. All four of our children served missions for our church: Wisconsin (Hmong Speaking), Indiana, Peru, and The Philippines, respectively. I have a little friend (poodle) named Jolie who is my shadow. I'm a nurse and enjoy caring for people. I love art, science, and music. I have a great love for people as well as the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and that's why I share my faith. I believe my church can help people with their lives and challenges. I have come to know strongly that God loves His children here on this earth. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored (in its fullness) in these last days, before our Savior returns. It is on the earth today...His true gospel and true church are here now: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is wonderful good news!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I was born into this church. At seventeen years old, I decided I needed to know for myself if this was the "restored" church of Jesus Christ as they said. Sure enough I did find out for myself.....completely one hundred percent! No question! I knew. I read the Book of Mormon. I had a witness of the truthfullness of that book. I knew it soon too...even by the second chapter. As I read the words, I felt something whisper to my very soul that these words were not only from people of an ancient place recording their experiences but they were inspired words given to man by God. It was scripture....just as the Bible was scripture....and I knew it. Therefore, I concluded, this had to be the true restored church of Jesus Christ. If the book was true, then the man who claimed to be a prophet under the direction of the Lord himself and claimed he had translated it by the power of God (his name was Joseph Smith)....then he really was a prophet. I felt that it made a lot of sense to have a prophet...a living prophet now in these days when we really needed one. Since that time, I have received many additional witnesses such as this. You can know also. All you have to do is read the Book of Mormon. Don't go by what someone else says...find out for yourself. This is a wonderful church and is moving forward doing great things in a magnificant way. It is so strong that only God could have produced it ...not man.

How I live my faith

My faith is my life. I strive to stay very close to my Heavenly Father and my Savior. If I do, I can receive guidance everyday. I know that if I keep His commandments that I can go back and live with Him again someday. I participate in my church by serving in different positions of service. There are many ways you can serve in the church.  

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Chris
Lots of people. It is a record that was kept by many different individuals (prophets)....just like the Bible is. It was written in a different language and needed to be translated. Joseph Smith translated it with divine help. We absolutely love the Bible too by the way and we use both records. I really believe that both records are scripture. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Chris
Faith is believing in something that you can't see. Faith brings power into your life, which brings experiences that can increase your faith. I try to keep a journal in which I record these experiences so that when I lack faith, I can read my journal and remember how a prayer was answered or how I felt a certain time when something happened that I felt was from God to me personally. I call it my prayer journal. Most of my experiences are very small but sometimes the small ones are so significant that they can be very powerful in increasing your faith. It is easy to forget and lose your faith. That is why keeping a journal is a good idea. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Chris
A ward is like a big family of about 200 people (more or less) You go to your church meetings together and plan activities together for the children, youth, and adults. You take care of each other as needed. A stake is like a big extended family of several wards. There are leaders in both wards and stakes. The stake leaders watch over and lead all the wards. There are some stake activities where everyone meets together. It is important to understand that these wards and stakes all over the "entire" world are completely one hundred percent connected as one huge big and very wonderful family....with the leader being the prophet...under the direction of the Lord himself. It is actually pretty awesome when you think about it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Chris
It is wonderful to know that we are here for a reason. It is like a big test. We were taught many things before we came here and progressed as much as we could at that point. Then we had the great opportunity to come here to have a test without being able to remember everything from our pre earth life....to see if we would be valiant. If we are valiant and strive with all of our hearts to do good, then there will be great rewards. The Savior was brought into the plan because we would of course make mistakes. We would have never been able to have the opportunity to go back home to live with our Heavenly Father if it wasn't for the great Atoning Sacrifice of the Savior which overturned the law of justice. With the law of justice "alone", we wouldn't have been good enough to go back and live in the presence of God because of mistakes that we all make. With the Savior's Atonement, we can repent of mistakes and be clean. It is something we constantly work at.   Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Chris
In the beginning, the saints gathered together. They came from all over the world.They came by ship, hand cart, and covered wagons. Many many people died on their way. Would this new church survived if the Lord did not ask them to gather together? I don't think so....not in the beginning. These people's new light and knowledge may have dwindled and died out without support from one another. But these people did come together and then plural marriage was introduced. The number of children that were born were quadrupled this way and the strength of this new church grew in an incredible way. Many children being born from plural marriage strengthen the initial growth & stability of the church. Also plural marriage provided a way to care for women who would have been traveling alone or not at all. Sometimes plural marriage was in name only. I also see that God allows it in ancient past as well as you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob having more than one wife. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Is it possible that mankind made a mistake with this at that time? hmm...I don't think so because it was "Abraham"...he was truly one of the greatest of prophets. The key is that it has to be authorized by God. King Solomon went too far by having additional wives and concubines that were not approved. Because of this, at that time he was not in good standing with the Lord. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Chris
In the scriptures it states that the God's main concern is the immortality and eternal life of man...meaning all of us of course. In this work of helping people gain immortality and eternal life, the work of taking care of children is very important to our Heavenly Father. Having babies, children, younger teens, and older teens cared for by their mothers is highly looked upon by God. Of course the majority of the world does not necessarily see the greatness of this calling but I know that God does. I have been a mom for a long time. I have had the little babies, the elementary school kiddos, the teens, and the young adults. If you want to be a good mom, then there is NOT MUCH TIME FOR ANYTHING ELSE. Anyone who has been a mom knows that. God knows that. God is a God of order. Plain and simple. The family is the basic and most important unit of society. Both men and women are equal. But as a unit, the man is the leader of the family with the assignment of bringing his family to Christ. If he is not doing that then he is a poor leader. If he is not working as a partner with his wife completely then he is also a weak leader. How would it be to have two United States Presidents? or two CEOs of a company? You get the idea. Again, the family is the basic unit of importance in God's plan for his children. The man takes the Priesthood responsibilities because he has the time to do so and God doesn't want the women to be taken away from their children. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Chris
Our physical bodies house our spirits. We are blessed to have these marvelous bodies. I decided to go back to school after my kids were in college and get my nursing degree. I have learned even more how greatly blessed we are to have these amazing bodies. The science behind sight, hearing, creation of children, digestion, brain activity etc...is incredible. We are so blessed by God. Our body is considered a temple because it houses our spirits. Our spirits are the more holy part of us that dwelt with our Father in Heaven before we came to this earth. Both spirit and physical body should be considered sacred blessings from God and we should treat them as such. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Chris
go to mormon.org and chat with a missionary and he will tell you what you can do to investigate this wonderful church Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Chris
Eternal Life. What does it mean? I have done extensive study on this topic. I have discovered that after we die, we will all be judged according to our works. There are more kingdoms than just two (heaven and hell). This makes total sense. The highest is call the Celestial Kingdom. This kingdom is referred to in the New Testament (1 Cor. 15.40) Also see: D&C 76 The highest kingdom is where God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost will dwell. If you go to a lower kingdom, you will not be able to be with them ....forever. So that is what we need to shoot for...by keeping all of God's commandments, having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, using the Atonement of Jesus Christ in our lives by repenting of our mistakes and sins, being baptized by proper authority (which is only found in Christ's restored church: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)....by the way, this ordinance of baptism is an absolute must to enter this kingdom. Also we need to receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. If we do all of these things with a pure heart, we will be able to make it to the highest kingdom of glory. Eternal Life is a bit more than all of this. Well it is a lot more actually. There are kingdoms withing the kingdoms. The highest spot in the highest kingdom is called Eternal Life. Eternal life meaning "Eternal Lives"....this is where we can become like our Father in Heaven and have eternal increase (children with our spouses)... Amazing but true. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Chris
No, there are no restrictions. I truly love my brothers and sisters of all races and colors. I know that God does too and he wants all of his children back with him if possible. He will give everyone the same opportunities to get back home. He is trying to do that even at this moment. Show more Show less