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Hi I'm Kristy

I am a law student. I am a mother. I am an immigrant. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay at home mom to the cutest baby on the planet by day and a law student by night. I hate birthday cake and most other baked goods. My husband makes me laugh every day. I am really good at Scrabble. I love to read anything and everything. My siblings are my best friends. I am politically active to the point that I annoy people. I have a not so secret ambition of being on Broadway one day. I am proud of my faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I come from a long line of Pioneers on my mother's side. I was baptized at age 8 and confirmed a member at that time. But, I truly became converted to the gospel at age 15. In the summer of 2002, all of the youth in my stake went on a special camping excursion called "Moroni's Quest." While there, we were all separated into "tribes" and we reenacted various stories from the Book of Mormon. It was at this time that I gained a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and of the boy Joseph Smith who provided a way for me to have that great book. As we reenacted the experiences of the people in 3 Nephi, when Christ came to those in the Americas, I received a witness that it was true that Christ really did appear to His people, that He loves me and that He lives. I felt warmth and love and peace in my mind and my heart. I no longer just believed or hoped that the church was true. I KNEW! And whenever I have doubts or questions or don't understand, I remember back on the experiences I had in my youth and I remember that I do know the truth.

How I live my faith

One way I participate in my church is by teaching the youth. I am the Sunday School teacher for the 12-13 year-olds. It is a very challenging and rewarding calling! I'm lucky because I have an opportunity to bear my testimony every week to the youth and share with them my life experiences in order to help them navigate being a teenager. In my community, there are not many members. Some of the youth I teach are the only member in their school. I know that I have a very important responsibility to these kids - to help them learn the gospel and gain a testimony of their own so that they can withstand peer pressure, media influences and other ugliness in the world. When I first became a teacher, I was nervous that I wasn't good enough to tell these kids how they should be living; that I've made too many mistakes to be an adequate teacher. But, as I've taught them for the past two years, I've realized that the mistakes I make in my life only serve to make me a better teacher and a more experienced human being. By sharing my life experiences with my students, the good and the bad, I'm able to relate to them and teach them truths, like repentance and the power of the Atonement, that I have lived through.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

The Church's attitude regarding homosexuality and same-sex marriage is pretty simple: marriage between a man and woman is ordained of God. God intends us to marry and have eternal families because to do so will bring us great joy in this life, as well as after we die. Although same-sex couples can be great parents and make happy families, every child deserves a loving mother and father who are married, as God intends. This doesn't mean that people with homosexual feelings can't enjoy all the blessings of the gospel. The gospel is meant for all of us. We are all trying to mold ourselves into the people God would have us be. Everyone has different tendencies and inclinations that come naturally to us - things in our nature that make us say "I was born this way." That doesn't mean those things are necessarily good for us or fit in with God's plan for us. Change is required of all of us if we want to become more like Christ and our Heavenly Father, who are perfect. I think that homosexuality and same-sex marriage are difficult concepts for a lot of people to understand, especially if they don't know anyone who is gay. The church is made up of all kinds of people and some may be less understanding and compassionate when it comes to this particular issue. But, that doesn't change the truthfulness of the gospel, nor does it mean that every member of the church is intolerant or bigoted. It's important that we respect each other as children of God, regardless of our differences. Show more Show less