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Hi I'm Chris

I'm an independent woman and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have always worked in a helping field. After 25 years in various positions within the public mental health system I returned to school to obtain a Masters Degree in Education. I recently retired after 9 years as an elementary school counselor. Divorced when my only child was 8 years old, I have been a working mother and proudly independent. At the age of 50, I married a man who I had worked with and had been my best friend for many years before we crossed into commitment. He had never been married before so this mid-life marriage was a creative challenge for us both. In many ways we have role reversals from the traditional marriage, in that he does most of the cooking and grocery shopping and I fix things around the house and manage the business and financial parts of our lives. 

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a very intellectually minded family with my father and 2 siblings holding doctorate degrees. They are not Mormon. In my family religion was presented as important from the aspect of having a church for community and fellowship. If you met these needs in other ways, then going to church was not really necessary. Spirituality was not addressed. My son became a Mormon at age 16 through the fellow shipping of several good friends and their families. Finding nothing wrong with his choice, I supported his baptism but strongly resisted any overtures missionaries and members made to me. My son chose to go to BYU. I was delighted he got into a good college even though we were separated by a 1700 miles. When he chose to serve a mission I thought my heart would break. I could not understand why he would do this and why we would not be able to have contact other than letters and 2 phone calls a year. At the time, I was attending graduate school in counseling and had discovered that my spiritual development was lacking. I began a quest as I invited the missionaries into my home as a way to be closer to my son. I also interacted more with people I respected who were church members. Eventually, after many months of study, ponder and learning to rely on prayer, I realized that there is a God who loves me. In a relationship with him, the best of me might be brought out. I liked the new way I felt. Being a member of Jesus Christ's church re-established on earth by Joseph Smith is the best way for me to be aided in following His teachings and serving others.

How I live my faith

 Through the Church I have been given opportunities to interact with people I might not have otherwise known and to build upon my faith and testimony. I have had the opportunity to teach Sunday School to 10-12 year old children, which totally taught me more about the Bible and Book of Mormon than I ever would have learned on my own. After retiring, I have been called upon to take a leadership role in the church's women's organization. We watch over all of our women members and their families, whether they attend church meetings or not. We make sure someone is there for them when they are sick, or have a new baby. We make sure our families can sustain themselves by providing assistance to support them when there is a tragedy, loss of job, or suffer any other kind of loss. We are involved with other community efforts in support of people in need. As a social worker and counselor by training, I am gratified that I can continue to be prompted to help others through active involvement in the church and in this program. It bolsters my personal faith in the Lord and my faith in mankind.