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Hi I'm Christy

I'm a Californian girl by birth, but a Texan at heart. But, first and foremost, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After graduating from college, I became a religious educator, what we call in the church, a seminary teacher. As a seminary teacher, daily I taught teenagers from the scriptures the teachings of our Savior and the principles of the gospel. It was a very fulfilling career and actually is how I met my husband. His sister, a student at the seminary, set us up. We owe her big time! After 3 years of marriage, we welcomed a little girl into our family. As a result, I put my career aside and became a stay-at-home mother. My husband recently finished his law degree, and we have begun our journey with the Air Force. My husband has been offered a job as a JAG officer, and we couldn't be happier. I love to sing and attempt to play the piano. I love swimming, boating, wakeboarding...pretty much anything in the water! I also enjoy playing soccer and tennis. Currently, I find myself pouring over many parenting books in an effort to understand my daughter more fully. My husband and I love to travel. We also love to try new restaurants, especially those featured on Man vs. Food.

Why I am a Mormon

This is an easy question for me to answer. I'm a Mormon because life is easier knowing the truths that the gospel teaches. Knowing that Heavenly Father knows me by name because I am His daughter made my nights at college not so lonely. Being over 1,000 miles from home and having parents who often times don't hear their phones ringing can be difficult, but having a Heavenly Father I could always turn to helped. Knowing that I can pray to our Father in Heaven and that He will answer has made becoming a mother and trying to figure out how to raise my little girl less stressful. Knowing that my family is eternal because my husband and I were married in the temple lessens my fears of death and the separation that death brings. Knowing that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet who acts as a mouthpiece for God gives my life direction. Without these truths I'd be lost and my life would not be as fulfilling. That's why I'm Mormon. I've seen those around me who are without these truths, including my own brother, and I'd rather live a life where these beliefs guide and direct my daily choices.

How I live my faith

It's not enough to claim "I am a Mormon" if those around me cannot see it in my daily actions. I hope that those I associate with know I am a Mormon because they see the choices I make and the way I live my life. For the past five years I have sought to live my faith by making a conscious effort to live the principles I was teaching my students. I wanted them to see in me that living the gospel really does make one happy and brings blessings to one's life. For the past two years I have served in a calling in my congregation that really asked me to live my faith daily by serving very directly the women in my congregation. Whether it was by planning activities to strengthen their testimonies, preparing a lesson to inspire them to be a little better, organizing efforts to help those in need, or personally visiting those who were new to help them feel welcome, I hope the women could see by my actions that I am a latter-day saint through and through. Today, one would also see me living my faith as they watch me teach my daughter about her Savior as I sing hymns or read the scriptures to her. They would see me living my faith as I daily kneel in prayer asking for the Lord's help in raising one of His choice daughters.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Christy
In a revelation given to the Prophet Joseph Smith, he was told by the Lord that "if ye are prepared ye shall not fear" as stated in the Doctrine and Covenants, a book containing many revelations given to the Prophet Joseph Smith. We as latter-day saints, believe that as the Savior's Second Coming to this earth draws near, we will face difficult times whether due to an unsteady economy or a natural disaster or an unseen setback. In order to eliminate fear as we press forward in life, we seek to prepare for the unknown. Not only does this allow us to move forward in faith, but in the moment of difficulty, it will also allow us to lift others around us by lending aid. We feel that it is not enough to be self-reliant; we must then share with others and help them to be self-reliant as well. Show more Show less