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Hi I'm Christine

I'm a stay at home mom. I'm an artist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married to my high school sweetheart. While my husband is at work I spend my day at home with our kids. I wouldn't have it any other way, because frankly, I hate work! We have three kids; two living with us and one living with Jesus. I'm an artist and writer by hobby. I love to doodle whenever I have a chance (sometimes even in sacrament meeting, I know it's naughty!). Mainly, I sketch pictures of my kids or my husband. Occasionally, I'll draw a stranger. I paint the sketches that I really like. I enjoy writing; mostly in my journal. I wrote a book about our baby boy Willow; he was stillborn. I also like to tell my kids silly short stories that I make up. Despite my age, I love to do genealogy. I feel a spiritual obligation to seek out my kindred dead and I like it. My ancestors are from all over the world, especially if you include the family I married into. I love to knit and crochet. It's something that I can just throw down when the kids need me. Knitting and crochet are a great creative release for me when I can't bring my paints. Yarn and needles are very mobile accessories that fit nicely into my purse. I like to wear pink and my favorite food is watermelon. I despise doing laundry. I probably spend way too much time on Facebook. I'm a Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was eighteen. I've always had a testimony of Christ and the atonement, but when I was a teenager I began to explore what I really believed. I started dating a Mormon boy in high school and so started my investigation of the church. In the beginning I really just enjoyed the love and unity that I felt when I went to church with him and his family. I grew up in a divorced family with opposing world beliefs so finding a place where I felt such love and togetherness was eye opening. As I learned more about the church and took the missionary discussions I started to grow a testimony of the full gospel. I struggled with some things, like accepting a latter day prophet and even the Book of Mormon. When I felt the spirit of the Holy Ghost it was undeniable, so despite my skepticism I was baptized and I learned what having faith was really about. Now, I have accepted the gospel in its fullness. I have had personal experiences in my life that have brought me closer to Christ and my Heavenly Father. Since I was baptized I have grown a testimony of the truthfulness contained in the Book of Mormon. Of course, I will never forsake the Holy Bible, but I now know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Because I know that the Book of Mormon is true, I also know that there are prophets on Earth today to guide us. I have followed the prophet and I can attest to his righteousness. I know that he converses with the Lord to extend His message to us. I love having the Gift of the Holy Ghost. I love having my prayers answered and gaining personal revelation to guide me in my life. I love having a patriarchal blessing to look to when I need uplifting. With the Gospel I feel like there is a special plan for my life here. I know that I'm doing the Lord's will when I have his spirit and words to guide me. These are some of the reasons that I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My family is really important to me. I live my faith by teaching my children about Christ and His church. I am a "first generation convert" so next to none of my extended family are members of the church. When I live the gospel and follow the Lord's commandments, they can see what happiness it brings to my family and me. I really want them to have that happiness too. I also research family history so that I can bring my kindred dead to the gospel as well. An important way that I live my faith is the way that I raise my children. Families are the fundamental unit of society. It is so important to me that I raise good and upstanding members of society. I want my children to grow up to be instruments in the Lord's hands and I try to keep that in mind every time I make a parental decision. My husband and I teach the 5 years old children at church. I try very hard to set a good example for them by practicing what I preach. I do this so that I can stand behind the lessons and testify of their truthfulness. Our daughter is in that class so we can see first hand the affect our teachings have in her life. Although, it can be discouraging when she comes home thinking that the golden plates were the kind you eat off, most of the time she understands things. This is another way that I live my faith, by actively participating in Church and teaching the Gospel of Christ. I live my faith by serving others. Most of my service is church guided (like teaching children and researching family history) but I also try to serve in other ways when I can or when I see a need that I can fill. Even if it's doing small personal things like helping an elderly lady lift something heavy into her car or having a band-aid to give away when someone needs it on the playground. I'm also sure to do my part in donating canned goods and clipping off the box tops for the elementary school. It is in these small yet many acts of kindness and service that I live my faith.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

In chapter 39 of The Gospel Principles Manual we as members are counseled that, "There is seldom any justifiable reason for abortion. Church leaders have said that some exceptional circumstances may justify an abortion, such as when pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, when the life or health of the mother is judged by competent medical authority to be in serious jeopardy, or when the fetus is known by competent medical authority to have severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. But even these circumstances do not automatically justify an abortion." This is an interesting question for me to answer because as you may have read in "About Me" I mentioned that I am expecting my third child. That no longer is true. Our baby was diagnosed with anencephaly an absolutely fatal malformation of the skull and brain. His life expectancy was between stillborn and a few weeks of life after birth. My husband and I decided that we needed to keep this child of God and let the Lord decide when to take him away to heaven. He passed away while still within my womb when I was 30 weeks pregnant. It was certainly hard knowing that my baby would die, but I don't regret the decision we made. The blessings that came from this experience far out-weigh the trial and strife. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes! Families can be together forever, even beyond the grave, through the sacred ordinances performed in God's holy temple. In the temple we covenanted with Heavenly Father to keep his commandments in return for an eternal family. My husband and I did not marry in the temple. When people are married outside of the temple, as we were, their marriage ends when one of the partners dies. We were sealed together for time and all eternity after two years of marriage and after we already had our first child. Death can no longer separate us. I am so grateful that our family is going to be together forever, especially after the loss of our baby, our third child. I often think of how sad it would be to never hold him again, but, because we have committed to keeping the covenants that we made in the temple he will be mine again. To learn more about this sacred ordinance read "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" or The Gospel Principles Manual: Chapter 36 "The Family Can Be Eternal". Show more Show less