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Hi I'm Christel

I'm a Swedish-American, raising Swedish speaking kids in America. I'm the mother of a blended family. And a Mormon.

About Me

Family is the best thing in life. It had been 8 years since the youngest child was born, when our new baby came along. I turned from teaching English and writing grants, to being a stay-at-home-mom again. And I LOVE it! I do believe we can all live with family forever, and with our Heavenly family, in these same bodies, able to leap for joy, and hug each other, being resurrected by Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

There is a feeling that I feel when I am close to God and close to wonderful, important things that I have learned to call the Holy Spirit. That spirit is what I find in our church, in its books, in its meetings, in our family home evenings, in the temple, and in my heart.

How I live my faith

I read the scriptures to my kids over breakfast every morning. I very often pray to God, to thank Him and ask him for help, and I think of Him as my best friend. I attend church and the temple, and visit three other ladies every month as a visiting-teaching calling. I am currently the second counselor in our congregation's primary (children's group), where I teach lessons, plan events, sing songs, draw posters, and love the kids. I've held lots of other callings-- my favorite was being a full time missionary, in Scotland.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

I love knowing that the missionaries, bishops, teachers, and leaders work for the church, as I do, for free. There's no hidden financial agenda. We do it out of love. I love knowing that the tithing I have given and will give --ten percent of every paycheck, my whole life long-- helps build, save, and improve lives all over the world, wherever it is needed. 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?

The priesthood is given to good men to bless others, and holding that authority in no way makes a man superior to a woman --or to other men. The priesthood is a comfort and a blessing to families. It is the authority to act in God's name. Women lead the Relief Society (women's) organization, the primary (children's) organization, and the young women's (teen) organization; they teach Sunday School, serve as full-time missionaries, and speak to millions at General Conference sessions bi-annually. Women are, more importantly, at the heart of most families, and those families are the heart of this church. Salvation is a family affair. Show more Show less