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Hi I'm Kristen

I'm a wife, mother of five, jack of all trades, constant learner and daughter of God. I love to travel the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life! I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Near Eastern Studies and a certificate in Family History. I worked as a professional Genealogist for several years and I have started two separate small businesses, and am currently a professional portrait photographer out of my home. I love to travel, laugh and play! I have a great husband and five beautiful children. You wouldn't think it from the end result, but we have struggled with infertility. I believe that the difficulties and trials of life can do one of two things. They can either cause pain and destroy, or they can make you stronger and better. The latter can happen only after hard work, humility, and a willingness to learn the lesson being taught. Of course, I believe it is also made easier when the Savior, Jesus Christ, is allowed to help.

Why I am a Mormon

Good question! I was raised in a very active Mormon family, and am a descendant of early Mormon pioneers, but that's not why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I chose to remain a Mormon. We raise our children in the church, teaching them the gospel and hoping they remain actively involved through their lives. However, we recognize that each individual has the right and the responsibility to find out for themselves what is truth. I am a Mormon because I know that Jesus is the Christ, the scriptures (including the Bible and the Book of Mormon) are true, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth. I am a Mormon because I have taken the time throughout my life to study, ponder and pray and know for myself that this church is true and correct. I am a Mormon because through my life events and trials I have sought help from my Savior Jesus Christ and have had humbling and sacred personal experiences which leave me unable to deny Him or the truth of his gospel and God's work on the earth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints IS the Chruch of Jesus Christ. It brings me a great deal of peace and joy to know this for myself.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day in everything that I do. If my focus is on my Savior, Jesus Christ, and what He would want me to do, then all of the tasks, challenges and decisions that come my way are much easier to navigate. Right now in my church I am the president of the Primary, an organization for the teaching of children from the ages of 18 months through 11 years of age. In our ward, we have about 170 children, and with the help of many teachers and music leaders we teach our children all about Jesus Christ, His gospel, the scriptures and all the fundamentals of our faith. I am so grateful to have this opportunity to serve these beautiful children. It takes a lot of hard work and prayer to do this calling, but the children are so precious and eager to learn. They are a joy! In addition to church service, I have also served as a state officer for Communities for Decency, and volunteer often at local schools. Our family has sought out opportunities to serve in some small way the poor of the world as well. Every year we chose together different people living in poverty to sponsor with micro loans, in addition to donating for other welfare projects locally, nationally and internationally. My eldest son (15) has been recently fundraising for the opportunity to travel to South America to assist with much-needed community building projects for two weeks this summer. We are not affluent or particularly prosperous by the world's standards, but my family feels so blessed in our lives that we feel a great need to give to others who are less fortunate.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Kristen
This is nothing new, nor is it exclusive to the Judeo-Christian tradition. Many faiths practice alms or a tithe, including Islam and Sikhism. A voluntary religious contribution of 10% is a tithe or tithing. This type of offering is mentioned many times in the both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In the book of Genesis, chapter 28 verse 22, the ancient patriarch Jacob covenanted with the Lord, "and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee." Everything we have, our lives, the earth and everything in it, have been given freely to us by a loving Father in Heaven. He asks only a small portion in return to help build his kingdom on the earth. When my husband and I were first married, we decided to make paying a 10% tithe a top financial priority, and it has been a great blessing to us through the years. In Malachi, chapter 3 verse 10 it states, "Bring yea ll the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you thei windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." This has certainly been the case with us. I realize that 10% of one's income can seem like a large sacrifice. However, when the law of the tithe is kept, it serves as a portal through which great blessings (both tangible and intangible) can flow. The Lord always finds a way to bless those who do what He asks them to do. Show more Show less