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Hi I'm Kristen.

I'm a born and raised California girl, a wife, a student, a teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife of just about 5 years to my wonderful husband. We are excited to be able to have our first little one join our family this summer. I'm beyond excited to be a mom and I can't wait to meet our little one! I am a teacher and am currently in my 4th year. I have a special education classroom where I teach kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade. I always struggled with school, so this is my chance to help my students gain confidence. I love being able to teach my children not only academic skills but social skills as well. I love what I do. I love to travel. My grandma is a travel agent and she planted the travel bug in me. My favorite way to travel is by cruise and I have been on more than I can count on both hands. I love going new places and I'm always ready for a new vacation!

Why I am a Mormon

I joined this wonderful church in May 2003. My boyfriend at the time (husband now) who was up at BYU asked me to attend General Conference and to read the Book of Mormon. At the time, I figured that there was no harm in it, so I agreed and said that I would do both. A friend of ours, who is less active, agreed to take me and I had a wonderful time. I fell in love with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and really enjoyed listening to the Prophet and Apostles of the Lord. I read the Book of Mormon every day and felt good about everything. After about 5 months of going to church every week a friend of mine asked me if I was ready to meet with the missionaries. I said that I would like that and in about 2 months after that, I was baptized. I remember reading in Alma 5 the day I decided to join the church. Everything just made sense and I knew it was what I wanted. I waited for my boyfriend (husband) and all my guy friends to come back from BYU to help take part in my baptism and I have never looked back. I have such a love for this church and I don't know where I would be without it. It fits so perfectly with my life. I know the Book of Mormon is the true word of God and I am so grateful for having the opportunity to read and study from it. I know Thomas S. Monson is the prophet on the earth today and that he leads and guides us though revelation from God. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I have had many wonderful opportunities to serve in this amazing church. I started off with the very young ones, worked my way up to the 8-10 year olds in the scouting program, and now I have the great blessing to plan monthly activities for the women in the ward. My husband and I were also given the blessing to serve in the deaf branch for just short of 2 years. We got to learn ASL and gain so much from those wonderful members.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We perform baptisms for the dead because there are so many people who have passed away that were not given the opportunity, while they were alive, to hear about the gospel or accept it's truth. When we baptize those who are dead, it does not automatically make them a member of the church. It simply gives them the opportunity to be taught the gospel and it gives them the choice of whether or not they chose to accept. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

I always thought, before I was baptized, that being a member of the Mormon Church would involve following so many rules and it would be so difficult. I can't even begin to explain how wrong I was! Being a member of the Mormon Church is wonderful. All of the principles of the gospel fit so beautifully into my life. You are surrounded by so many wonderful men and women, who are always ready and willing to serve or lend a listening ear. You have the constant comfort from the Holy Ghost who helps to lead and guide you through your daily life. It doesn't get much better than that! Show more Show less