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Hi I'm Christine Bloss

I'm a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

About Me

I'm a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a dentist, a musician, a gardener, a health nut, and I'm a Mormon. I'm the only member of my family who is an active member of the Church, which sometimes gets lonely, but I believe that the Lord has confirmed for me that I am where he needs me to be. I have had a lot of education and a couple careers, but I went back to school when I was 35 to become a dentist, shortly after I joined the Church. My husband and 3 sons moved across the country with me and were very supportive, but it was still very hard to be the mom I wanted to be and the student I wanted to be- there just wasn't enough of me to go around! My husband asked only one thing, that I wouldn't try to work, even though it was extreme hard times financially for the family while I was in school. He felt that the family needed me as much of the time as I could be there. I believe it was strictly a blessing of the Lord that I was able to receive a scholarship that paid my full tuition after the first year, which was worth a lot more money than I would have been able to earn working part-time. I have been out of school now for more than 20 years, and my sons are grown. Funny, I thought at this point in my life I would be slowing down, but I am still working hard running my dental practice, enjoying my darling granddaughters, and pursuing more interests and hobbies than ever, including doing my genealogy, reading great books, and studying the Scriptures.

Why I am a Mormon

When a friend first sent the missionaries to visit me, I was not really interested. But I was so struck by the fact that young men at age 19 or 20 would give 2 years of their life to serve Jesus Christ that I felt compelled to listen to what they had to say. Their message started me thinking about the real purpose of my life, but it took me 3 years to humble myself enough to kneel down and pray earnestly to know if what they taught me was true. Within a day, I had a burning knowledge that the Church was true and that I needed to join. I had experienced the "Witness of the Holy Ghost" and that witness has since confirmed to me over and over again that what I had learned and am continuing to learn is true, and right, and good, and that I need to follow it. Even though I was raised in a large Protestant church and knew about Jesus Christ, it was only through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that I came to truly understand who Jesus Christ is and my relationship to him. I am so grateful for the peace this gives me!

How I live my faith

When I was a new convert, I remember being told that being Mormon was a way of life, not just a church you go to on Sundays. That it so true! I love that we have "callings," or specific duties in the church that the Lord has asked us to do. Over the years, I have enjoyed callings in music, in teaching the Gospel to different age groups, in helping to organize the women's group, in working with the youth, and in being a representative of the Church in my community. Often, I initially feel that I am not qualified to do that calling. Then, as I seek guidance from the Holy Ghost, and "roll up my sleeves and go to work" I am able to experience the Lord working little miracles through me! And looking back, I can see how the Lord took me and sharpened me into an instrument that He can use to further His purposes. For example, I was just a very average pianist and singer when I joined the Church. My first calling was to play simple songs for the Children's meeting. Now, 20 years later, I can play most of the hymns, I can direct the choir, I frequently accompany special music for the worship service, I lead the singing for the worship service, and I sing in ensembles and duets. I am so grateful for the joy the music is to me, and it is an additional joy to be able to give service with it as well!

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Christine Bloss
I am pleased to be associated with a people who are so willing to help anyone in need, from our local friends and neighbors, to people in foreign lands where natural disasters have occurred. This is the ultimate way to emulate our Savior, Jesus Christ. We truly believe that all people are children of our Heavenly Father, and thus brother and sister spirits. I have a feeling that when we get to the other side, we will find that we knew and loved many of our brothers and sisters in the premortal existence who we had the opportunity to help in mortality. That's part of the reason that we are so compelled to share the Gospel and help others to find their way to Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Christine Bloss
Once I truly understood what Joseph Smith went through as the prophet who restored the fullness of the Gospel to the earth, I came to feel great reverence and love for him. I do not worship him or pray to him (any more than I do to Moses or Isaiah,) but I love to learn about him, his life, the Mormon pioneers, and the history of the Church in these latter days. Show more Show less