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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a Mormon, a mom of 5 kids, 4 girls, 1 boy, and a grandma of 13 grand kids. I married my best friend almost 35 years ago.

About Me

I have been married to my friend that I have known since I was 12 years old for almost 35 years. We have 5 children, 4 girls and 1 boy. We have 13 beautiful grandchildren, 7 girls 6 boys. I work at the local police department for almost 11 years now in the Record's Department. I enjoy sewing, reading non-fiction and church books, and being with my husband, children, and grandchildren. They are my whole reason for getting up in the morning. I feel so blessed to be able to be in their lives and try to be a mentor to them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. Both my mom and dad were born into the church also, but, they were not always active as I grew up. They fought that demon "alcoholism" that caused a lot of anguish and contention in our family. I have 6 siblings, which some also had a problem with addiction. I knew from a very early age that I felt content being at church and learning about the Savior, Jesus Christ. Although, my parents loved me very much and tried to teach us values and the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I came to know for myself that it is true. Like I mentioned before, it brought me such peace and contentment when I was at church that I didn't always get when I was at home. I have always felt that the church was true and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet that help restore the gospel of Jesus Christ back upon the earth. I have had many trials that are hard to bear sometimes, but, because of Jesus Christ and His Atonement, I hold on to having faith and trust in Him and our Heavenly Father that all will be ok through my obedience and faith.

How I live my faith

My faith is how I live my life every day. Before I leave for the day, I express to my Heavenly Father my gratefulness for all that I have in my life and to ask for peace and patience throughout the day so I can be an instrument in His hands to help someone that day. I retire to bed expressing my gratitude again for all that I have and what blessings came my way that day and ask for protection for all my family and loved ones and people around me. Many prayers are offered in between, as well, silently in my heart. I enjoy serving wherever I can in my ward, neighborhood, or my family. I love taking a meal in to someone that is ill, or just had a baby, or just had surgery. Whatever their misfortune may be, I enjoy trying to make their burden a little lighter. I have served in many capacities in the church over the years. I have been a leader over the youth, been a leader over the women in one capacity or another, served over the little tykes as well. I enjoy wherever the Lord needs me to be. It's when I haven't been in a calling that I'm not as happy. Usually that hasn't been for any long length of time. If they are not putting me in a calling, I go to the leaders and ask them what can I do to help in our ward. My husband and I have recently been called to be missionaries in our ward, which, can be a little hard, but, I pray that I can find the words to help a family come back to church or join the church so they can feel the happiness I have felt for so many years. For them to also know they are loved by a Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. We are all children of God.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Chris
The Word of Wisdom is exactly that "words of wisdom". Over the years society has found out that all these substances that we have in the Word of Wisdom harms our bodies. If we smoke, we have many health issues that can arise. Mostly, people have died of lung cancer. Society has also come to know how alcohol and drugs can kill and cause a lot of problems. As I said in my bio, I work for a police department so I see a lot of people come across time and time again for DUI's drugs and/or alcohol. A lot of the time being under the influence has caused them to steal or do other horrible crimes. Also, coffee and tea are highly addicting and can cause many health problems as well. Our church does not spell everything out that we should follow so it's basically all in moderation. I love chocolate and when I have eaten too much, I feel sick by the end of the day. Our country has a huge problem of obesity so we all can try to eat in moderation and stay away from fatty foods and curb our sweet tooth. Exercise and eating good foods keeps my body feeling better and I have more energy when I eat better. I am not overweight and I love to walk, but, at times, I can feel very sluggish and out of sorts when I am not eating healthy. Overall, the Word of Wisdom is to help us members to stay on top of being healthy and take care of our bodies that are such a precious gift to us. If we treat our bodies good, our bodies will treat us good. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Chris
As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a mother. As soon as my husband and I got married in 1976 I wanted to start trying to have a baby. It wasn't happening as quickly as I was wanting but by our 2nd anniversary, I found out I was expecting. Since I had to use a fertility pill to help with the process to get pregnant, I was hoping that we would be blessed with twins. The doctor reassured me I was only having 1 baby, but, the Lord had other plans and on the day I was to deliver our first baby, we were blessed with twin girls. I was elated to say the least! We had another daughter, then a son, and finally another daughter before we felt we were done having our family. Having the knowledge that we have in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that we can have our families forever, brings such peace and happiness to me. With being sealed as a family forever it's such a comfort to know that in the eternities I will be with my husband whom I love very much and our children and grand children. Of course, there's a price we have to pay to receive that blessing and that is to strive to live the commandments that our Savior, Jesus Christ, has laid out for us. We all make mistakes since we are mortal beings, but, through His Atoning sacrifice, we can all repent and continue on that path of righteousness. It's not always easy but so well worth it in the end. Enduring to the end is how I live my life each day. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Chris
We believe in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that there are 3 Gods in the Godhead, which are 1 Heavenly Father 2 His only begotten son, Jesus Christ and 3 The Holy Ghost. Both Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have a body like you and I of flesh and bones, but, the Holy Ghost does not. He is a spirit that can help us make right choices. Before we are baptized as members of the church, we can have the influence of the Holy Ghost. That's why when people have read the Book of Mormon and then prayed about it, the influence of the Holy Ghost witnesses to them, as He did me when I prayed, that the Book of Mormon is true and that the church is true. After someone is baptized in our church, they receive the "Gift of the Holy Ghost" which means He will be their constant companion as long as they are making good choices. The Holy Ghost cannot dwell in unholy places. The Holy Ghost will be a comfort to us if we are needing to know if a choice is wrong or right. He will always guide us to do what's right. He will never guide us to do what's wrong. My answer may come when I am reading the Bible or Book of Mormon, or when someone might be giving a talk or bearing their testimony. My answers have come in all different ways and not always the answer I want it to be, but, I know I must listen because it will be for my own good. The Holy Ghost is truly my constant companion that has helped me many times in my life. Show more Show less