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Hi I'm Krystin

I'm a friend, a daughter, a sister, a student, and a proud Mormon.

About Me

Less than 4 months after getting married to my handsome Irish husband, Niall, we moved halfway across the world to China, where we are now teaching English to university students. It's a challenge to be far from our families, but we have each other to laugh with. Recently, we've discovered a mutual interest in Star Trek, badminton, and haggling while shopping at the local outdoor market. Before I met Niall I studied journalism and German and have recently completed an MPhil in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the Church, it has been a continual process in becoming converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My beliefs are based primarily on consistent and earnest study of the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures. As I read the words of ancient and modern prophets, my mind becomes enlightened and I am able to hear and feel truths about how to direct my life. I have come to feel undeniably the love God has for me individually, and for mankind as a whole. I have experienced the power of Christ's atonement and its ability to heal my weakness and pain. My knowledge of the Gospel is absolutely the central focus of my life - because of it I am able to believe in the reality of goodness, truth, and love.

How I live my faith

Living in China has presented unique difficulties to regular church membership. The nearest congregation meets a 3-hour journey away from our "small" city of 3 million. Although we are able occasionally to travel the distance, most Sundays we use Skype to participate in our "virtual" congregation with members from dozens of cities across the country. Because of the isolation from other like-minded believers, my faith has taken on a more personal dimension. Study of the scriptures, prayer and personal reflection are essential to maintain my relationship with the Saviour. So in many ways this isloation is a blessing because it has allowed me to rely more on God and less on the testimonies of others.

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Mormon women are like all other women - unique, individual, talented, and capable. We are in every way equal and essential to the functioning of the Church and precious in the eyes of God. The Relief Society, the Church's official women's organization, unites each of us as sisters to teach, serve, strengthen and uplift not only one another, but all of God's children.   Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is like being anyone else, but with tools given you to more clearly see who you are, where you came from, and where you are going. This knowledge can change your behavior, if you allow it. It makes you want to take care of and love others. It makes you want to improve yourself. It makes you value family, including your ancestors. It makes you want to share your knowledge with everyone around you. Show more Show less