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Hi I'm Crys

I am a mom, wife, photographer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I was born in Utah I grew up in Maine. Which was a wonderful place to grow up. With 3 older brothers and eventually 1 younger brother it was rarely ever a dull moment in our house. My parents encouraged all of us to play the piano, another instrument (I chose clarinet), do sports (cross country for me), and to be volunteers in the community. I still enjoy doing all of these things although time and physical conditions keep me from running and playing the clarinet. After the ninth grade I decided that public school was not for me anymore. My supportive parents helped me home-school. Because of this choice I was able to earn a summer job working as a technical assistant at a professional Shakespearean Repertory Theater. After graduating at 17 I didn't feel the need to go to college full time. I was accepted in to a program called AmeriCorps NCCC. With this program I moved to Denver, Colorado for 10 months. During that time I worked as a wild land firefighter, a trail builder, and a teachers assistant. Among other things. It was a great year and I made some of my best friends for life there. In the years that followed I worked went to school, served a mission in California Long Beach, married and had a beautiful baby girl. Currently I'm a stay at home mom and wife. I greatly enjoy taking care of my family. Each and everyday is a new adventure. As time moves forward I hope to welcome more children to our family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church. But at 15 was when my testimony of the gospel was but to the test. I was a Freshman in high school, smart, athletic, and decently cute. I also didn't date or go to parties. Which to my classmates meant that something was wrong with me. When it became common knowledge that I was a Mormon I was thought to be even stranger by my classmates, and like most teenagers what they didn't understand frightened them. Because of their fear I was the subject of much teasing, theft, and being knocked into a locker a couple of times. It would have been so easy to simply give into my peers and be like them. Just party, date, all those things. So I wondered was it worth all this pain to stick with the faith I had been taught since birth. Over the next few weeks I prayed and read the scriptures looking for something- anything to help me with my choice. One day my answer came. My beloved clarinet was stolen from the school band room. When some of my cross country friends who were seniors found out about this they pulled me aside and asked me if this was the first act of aggression towards me. I told them no and explained what had been happening the last couple of months. When asked why I was being treated this way I simply said, "I'm a Mormon". The next day the whole Boys Varsity Cross Country Team was waiting by my locker in the Freshman wing. They just wanted to make sure that I was safe and okay. After that I didn't have a single problem with my classmates. I'm sure some of it was fear or the seniors but I know for some people it was the fact that if seniors could accept my faith they could too. It was then that I realized our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would always be waiting at my locker. Not to make people afraid but to help them accept the gospel. I then accepted the gospel with all my heart and committed myself to Heavenly Father and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints.

How I live my faith

The biggest thing is making a gospel centered home. My daughter's favorite video is one I made with pictures of the Temples set to church music. This brings a spirit of peace into our home which helps us shed the worries of the world. So we can have pleasant time as a family and build strong bonds. We also take the time to pray and read scriptures as a family. And even if we are a little under the weather or had a night without sleep we strive to attend our church meetings each week. Through this example we teach our daughter just how important church truly is. That it isn't just something to be done when convenient or only when we feel good but something to be done at all times. As a stay at home mom I don't often have time to show my faith outside the home. But from time to time I get to volunteer and if anyone ever asks about me I make sure to tell them "I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints."