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Hi I'm Kris

I'm a Mormon. I'm a wife. I'm a mom. I love to read I have 3 kids. Two of my kids have Fragile X Syndrome and Autism.

About Me

I am someone who loves to read and to learn new things. I have always been very curious. I love meeting people from other countries and learning about new cultures. I am the third of four children. I grew up all over the United States -- I've lived in Connecticut, Florida, Utah and Idaho while living at home with my parents. When I was 21, I served as a missionary in the province or Cordoba, Argentina, for 18 months. When I returned home, I married my college sweetheart. We were married in the Salt Lake City Temple. It is one of the first temples built by members of my church when they journeyed west. We were married for time and all eternity - that's how we get married in our temples -- not just until death do us part, but for time and all eternity. I have a B.S. degree in Secondary Education teaching English.Our first son, Jacob, was born 4 months after my graduation. Nineteen months later came Joshua. He was diagnosed with severe Autism and Fragile X Syndrome when he was 2 years old. Nineteen months after Joshua was born, Annikah came. She was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome and high functioning Autism when she was 2. Having two handicapped kids is super hard and depressing at times. My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and my understanding of the purpose of our lives, not only here but in the eternities, is what makes it possible for me to feel joy and function during my most difficult days.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, so I was born in to the church. I remember attending a meeting at our home in Florida when I was 11. My dad had invited the young men from our ward to come over and have a testimony meeting. A testimony meeting allows anyone who wants to stand up and say what things they have a testimony of. That is the first time I remember feeling the spirit of God really strong. I felt so warm and comforted inside and so close to God. That was the first stirring of my testimony. When I was 15, I came to the decision that I needed to know for myself if the Book of Mormon really was another testament of Jesus Christ, if it really did contain a record of the people who lived on the American continent 600 years before Christ's birth, if it really contained the truth of Christ's visit to the America's after his resurrection. I began to pray after reading the Book of Mormon at night, asking Heavenly Father to help me to know if the Book of Mormon was true. After a few days of praying, I realized that I hadn't been praying with faith or with real intent to use the knowledge I was asking for. The night I told Heavenly Father in prayer that I needed to know if the Book of Mormon was true because I wanted to know how to live my life, how to be close to him, that my answer came. My answer came from the Holy Ghost. He testified to me through feelings of assurity and calm and warmth in my heart, that the Book of Mormon was true. This testimony is why I am still a member of the church- it is what led me to pray about Joseph Smith, to know if he is a prophet of God. I received a witness through the Holy Ghost that he is a prophet, in the same way as I was answered when I prayed about the Book of Mormon. I felt peace and comfort in my heart and a warmth that filled me with God's love. These answers to my prayers and my continued answers to prayers are why I am a Mormon. It's because I know it's true.

How I live my faith

I work with the girls in our ward who are twelve and thirteen years old. They are so cute and sweet! We have a class together on Sundays where I present topics like keeping the Sabbath day holy, or being modest, or how to have faith in Christ. There are twelve girls in my class. We all talk and read scriptures and learn together. Today, we talked about the ten virgins story from the Bible and how it is important for us to be spiritually born of God, or converted, and that is what puts oil in our lamps. I love teaching them new concepts and seeing them learn or make connections with other gospel topics. I find teaching these young girls to be so fulfilling.