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Hi I'm Kristie

I'm a wife, mother, and grandmother. I love life. I choose to be me and to be happy.

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah, 18 years in the same house. I moved away to go to college. A few years later, I married and two years later, our moving experiences began. We moved five times before our first son was born, our second son came, and before our daughter was born, we moved again. I am so thankful I was able to have the same doctor and hospital for all three as a career move took us across country before our baby was a year old. We enjoyed learning and meeting new people and seeing new sights. That's a good thing because not even two years later we moved west again. We knew life in Utah, the heat of Phoenix Arizona, the Dutch influence of Pennsylvania, and began enjoying the "Land of Enchantment" New Mexico. A wonderful opportunity took us to Taiwan and blessed our lives in countless ways as we made friends with people from around the world. The adventures of learning about different cultures and environments enhanced our knowledge and awareness of others, their heritage, traditions and beliefs. We also felt that it truly is a "small world" when two of the families our children interacted with at school and church had come there from New Mexico and had begun their married lives in Utah as we had, yet we all came to Taiwan for different companies. We returned to Utah with our oldest in junior high and the youngest in 1st grade. Again, not even two years later we moved across the country to New York. We were thrilled to be able to take our children to see the national history and other sights in Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and other states as well as Niagara, New York City, and FDR's home and library right there where we lived in New York. We had another chance to learn from the culture and diversity around us. We had not gotten enough I guess, years later, after our oldest graduated and joined the marines, we found ourselves further north. A short move really, to Vermont. This move allowed us to travel north into Canada, our son to Italy, daughter to Mexico, and our marine of course, to distant lands while serving our country. Now, four years later they have all moved on. The oldest is married and has children of his own. Our middle child is serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and our daughter is off to college. Why do I share our moving experiences you may ask? I feel that the Lord blessed us with opportunity to stretch and grow while my husband advanced his career. God is aware of us and our needs just as He is aware of every sparrow, as it says in the Bible. As we think back, our experiences taught us something that helped us or prepared us for the next step in our journey. We feel God has a plan for each of us. Just as He prepared us, I feel He was preparing our children by opening varied experiences and learning opportunities for them in many lands and cultures. Their growing years have been very different from ours, and there future will be too! God knows you, has a plan for you and wants you to be happy too!

Why I am a Mormon

 I love living the standards and having the values that I have learned as a member of this church. Obeying God's commandments keep me and my family free from addictions and helps us build a close relationship with our Father in Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ. No one is perfect, but with Christ's atonement we can repent and draw closer to Him again. God and Jesus Christ love us and will help us when we humbly ask for help and express our gratitude and show our appreciation by serving others. Serving with other Mormons helped me to learn these things and I was able to feel God's love for me! I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I enjoy serving others whether it is teaching children on Sunday, working with the boys in the Cub Scout program or the young women as they set goals and strive to achieve them or simply visiting with other women and serving them by assisting with their needs. We all have needs that other people can help with. Sometimes just a kind word or a smile may touch ones heart or buoy one up. Other times someone might need help with cleaning because of sickness or injury. I want to live as Christ did, and service is one way I can follow his example.