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Hi I'm Kristine

I have a passion for teaching music. I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I heard a flute for the first time when I was three years old, I think it was the first time I sat completely still. I was enraptured. Music is something that has always been a fundamental in my life. Eventually, I studied music in college and received a Doctorate in Flute Performance. During my doctoral studies at Michigan State University, I was introduced to research on how children learn music. I use these principles every day as I teach flute, piano, and early childhood music. I have started record label which promotes music I have written and performed designed to create a rich music environment for infants and toddlers. My family consists of my parents, my siblings and their families. I love to be around them. We play games, watch movies, go for walks, and just enjoy being together.

Why I am a Mormon

Shortly after receiving a call to serve a church mission in South America, I realized I needed to know for myself that the Church was true. Growing up in a family of church members, I never really questioned what I was taught. I believed the Church was true because others around me, who I trusted, knew it was true. One afternoon, I re-read Joseph Smith's history. I began by saying a prayer. I read with a prayer in my heart sincerely wanting to know for myself if Joseph Smith really was a prophet. I am not sure I was expecting an answer right away. I didn't really know how the answer would come. I figured it would take time before I knew for myself. I was surprised when I felt an incredible peace and assurance that Joseph Smith was a prophet. I knew that if he was, he restored the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. I knew the Book of Mormon was true. It seems remarkable that a simple feeling of peace has had such a profound impact on my life and choices. Life doesn't always go as planned. It is the gospel of Jesus Christ that has helped me deal with the disappointments and the "plan B's" in my life. I have found that the gospel and the Church provide the framework of finding true peace and happiness in life. The Church and its teachings help me see how I can be a better person, help me remember what is truly important in life, and will make it possible for me return to live with my Heavenly Father one day.

How I live my faith

I hope that the way I act and speak will make it clear that I love my Savior Jesus Christ and want to be like Him. I find great peace in reading, studying and pondering scripture and the words of living prophets. Prayer is also an essential part of my day. I know prayer works. I am better able to accept things I cannot change, forgive others, and maintain healthy perspectives and relationships as I turn to my Heavenly Father in prayer. Serving others and going to church are ways I live my faith. I do these things because I honestly and sincerely love my Father in Heaven and my Savior. Have I always felt this way? Yes and no. I was born a member of the Church. Prayer, scripture study and attending church on Sundays have always been part of my life. However, the feelings of love and gratitude I have for God have grown slowly over time. When younger, I wondered if I had faith. I remember an impression I had in church one week when I was a teenager. "Faith comes by doing." If I wanted to have faith, I had to try living what I was taught. As I have done this in my life, I have found that my faith in and love of God have grown little by little.