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Hi I'm Chris

I have lived in four states in the U.S., and three countries. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have taught Spanish and English-as-a-Second Language for 18 years, mostly at college level. I am a dynamite knitter. I always wish I could travel more. Being out in nature is where I feel most at home. It is always interesting to me to meet people from different places. I love to laugh and smile! My favorite people to spend lots of time with are my family. My husband and I only have sons, so I keep the feminine balance by painting my toenails bright pink or funky colors, and wearing pretty dresses and long dangly earrings. I also insist that all our pets be females.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, but I still had to find out for myself if this is what I believed. I had friends who were LDS, and friends who were not. I had relatives who were "true to the faith", and some who chose other paths. I saw some of my friends and relatives who were not LDS make decisions that left them with miserable hangovers, addictions, dui's, jaded hearts, suicide attempts, a belief that anything you can get away with is okay, and a general despair of life. I didn't want any of that to be my life. I have found that when life does not seem to be going in a way that is fair to me, if I get angry and spiteful things only get worse and the darkness closes in. But if I turn to prayer, and humble myself and ask my Heavenly Father what I can learn from this, and to show me the way out and I will follow His will, then the light always shines through, and circumstances improve in one way or another. I become stronger and happier. I now live with a grateful heart for blessings of all sizes. I find reasons for joy all around me, even when things go wrong. I know God loves me. In the New Testament, Jesus said he always did the will of his Father, and he prayed to his Father. I pray to the same Father who is in Heaven, and I have had many experiences that are hard to explain, but I know they happened. My heart and mind have been touched, and warmed by the spirit. I have also felt a light inside that has given me much hope and comfort. I am grateful beyond words for Jesus Christ, and the Atonement he went through so that our repentence can be complete and our eternal destiny can lead us back into the companionship of family, of our Heavenly Father, and of Jesus Christ. I know with all my heart that the gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true gospel that Jesus himself taught. Jesus lives, and our Heavenly Father is real.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve with the little children ages 18 months to 3 years old, in the nursery, during the class time of church meetings. The children are so adorable and loveable! The other nursery worker and I play with them, teach a short lesson with lots of pictures and stories, do a singing time using songs that have actions the children can do, and have a snack time. It's so cute to see them say "please" and "thank you" when they want and receive more cheese or crackers. I love holding one of them on my lap when he or she wants to be cuddled.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I do not see chaos in nature or in the universe. So much order and beauty simply cannot be an accident, or a mistake. The day I learned that it takes around 1,000 muscles to control the movements of an eye, I was stunned - I don't believe that kind of coordination could happen without the mind and hand of a grand designer behind it. When I hike on a mountain trail and see the incredible harmony that governs nature, it adds to my belief that God really knew what he was doing when he organized this earth, and that it is all with a purpose. In scriptures thoughout history prophets have borne their witness to the world that God created the earth, and everything that lives on it. I cannot believe that He did all this without a plan for us, without a divine purpose. Whether people understand it all or not does not affect whether it is true and real or not. I also have the feelings in my heart that cannot be explained by science or logic. When I hear a person who believes in God say they know our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ are real and living, the warmth that swells in my heart tells me their witness is true. When I read scriptures with an intent to learn from them, I also feel this spiritual confirmation that the words I am reading are the words of God to the people of the earth. For me to be able to feel these things I need to be in an environment that is not distracting - no loud music, or tv in the background, etc. I need to be open to spiritual feelings. Show more Show less