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Hi I'm Cristal

I adore kids, I have Social Anxiety, I make a mean grilled cheese sandwich, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm number four of six kids. Four of my siblings have kids, which means I get to spend time with little rays of sunshine all the time. My family means more to me than I can even put into words. I recently served in the Washington Spokane mission for eighteen months. The people I met there became my family, too. Being a missionary changed how I view my relationship with God, how I want to live, and how I understand the sacrifice Christ made for us. I miss my mission a lot. Something unique about me is that I have a Social Anxiety Disorder. This means that my fight/flight/freeze response--which usually occurs during dangerous situations--kicks in during everyday social activities. It's made it difficult to get to know new people, spend time with friends, and let the people I care about most get close to me. My belief in Jesus Christ has helped me find peace despite this challenge. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches that we can be strengthened and supported as we have faith in Christ and His Atonement. He has helped me again and again by providing someone solid I can rely on. He is proof that my Heavenly Father loves me no matter what and that means everything to me.

Why I am a Mormon

In the Book of Mormon, a prophet teaches that we can experiment with the word of God. For example, if you want to know if prayer is a good thing, you should pray and see how it affects your life. I've experimented in this way with many facets of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and come to realize that I experience the most peace, joy, and personal progress when I live the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being true to who I am. God knows me perfectly and wants me to be healthy, productive, and educated. When I do the things He asks me to do, I am being true to my most foundational identity: a daughter of God. Because I know God loves me, I can keep the Ten Commandments and any other commandments that follow because I know that they will help me be happy in the long run.