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Hi I'm Kristen

I'm a wife and mother of 4. I'm a Texan. I'm a photographer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife. Mother of 4 children, and I Iive in Texas. I am also a part time lifestlye portrait photographer. I grew up in the suburbs of New Orleans and Houston and married a California boy after meeting at BYU. When I was younger and asked what I wanted to "be" when I grew up, my answer was always "a mom." I am grateful for the blessing that my dream came true.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was raised in this church, at some point in my life, I had to decide what I truly believed. Through a series of personal events and having access to prayer and modern scripture, I have felt without a doubt that this is Christ's true church on the earth. I am grateful for modern day prophets who speak to us as a church on a regular basis and guide us as members to live our lives in such a way that we will be happy.

How I live my faith

We are a worldwide church, separated into sections depending on where we live. In my local congregation are other members of the church that live in my neighborhood and close by. I am currently serving as a teacher to the 14 and 15 year old youth girls and I LOVE it! I remember how hard it was to be a teenager with so many negative influences around me, and I am grateful for the leaders that helped shape me. I have the privelege to give back by doing the same for these girls. Each Sunday I prepare a lesson for the girls and we discuss ways that the lesson can enrich their own personal lives. These lessons can be as light-hearted as serving in the community or as straight forward as having moral chastity. Every Tuesday evening, we also do a fun and more laid back activity or service with the girls. As a Women's Group, we also have a lesson where we can discuss with other women that have more or sometimes less life experiences and be edified together. We have a once a month evening activity as well. As a Visiting Teacher, I have the ability to teach and be taught in my home a devotional each month. I have a partner and we are assigned 3-4 women to visit and I, in turn, get a visit from 2 women. These roles or callings are rotated and assigned by inspiration from our leaders, so that throughout our lifetime, we will be shaped by the opportunity to serve and be served in many different capacities.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

My sweet young daughter has her own eclectic style of dress. She likes to miss match and in general dress "crazy." I love that about her--she has spunk! But I tell her that on Sundays, we need to dress more reverent. We want to look our best as we are in the House of the Lord, his church building. We dress modestly, wearing dresses to our knee and shirts with a short sleeve or mork (no tank top). My husband young boys wear a white shirt and tie, to help them dress reverently as well. When we dress accordingly, we are more apt to conduct ourselves in a more reverant manner and have less distractions to listen to the words shared by teachers and feel the Spirit of the Lord more abundantly. I LOVE all holidays! I decorate like crazy for Christmas, Valentine's Day, & I really LOVE Halloween! Though many see Halloween as a "dark" holiday, I like to pull the bright colors (orange, purple, & green along with the black) and the fun into it. Christmas and Easter, being the most sacred are celebrated with loving family traditions such as reading the story in the Bible, displaying my Olivewood nativity set, and even having a family tradition: Pajama drive to see the lights and come home to drink hot chocolate. Show more Show less