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Hi I'm Christiana

I grew up in Texas, started my own conflict resolution business, and am grateful for addiction recovery programs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of two who is a recovering addict that feels passionate about helping others find hope in life's struggles. After being divorced at 30, I went back and finished college as a single mom, and started my own business that personifies my passion for communication and working through conflict in a transformative way. Along this journey, I met an amazing man who I am now married to who adores me and more importantly adores God. I am learning that the Lord's love is truly unconditional and His ability to heal and transform our darkest life experiences into vehicles for divine change are limitless. Having traveled a road where I lost all hope and belief in God, I can say that the existence of God and the healing power of the Savior are the prevailing beacons in my life today. As the Lord has patiently, consistently, and lovingly walked beside me in my journey, I am learning that the Lord's path brings freedom from all types of bondage, and He provides the ONLY lasting fulfillment for the hole I have had inside me for most of my life. I have not arrived by any means, but I am closer to God than I've ever been and long to remove more barriers in my life so I can be gradually closer to Him one day at a time.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I'm a Mormon? I made this decision after trying to live life my way. Earlier in my life I had some sense of faith but lost it and resented God, and then finally came to a point of complete spiritual and physical bankruptcy. Gratefully, the Lord was always mindful of me and when I was ready to change, He met me where I was at, lovingly rescued me, and then walked beside me as I traveled a path of tremendously arduous work in clearing away my own prejudices, wreckage, and misconceptions which enabled me to be more open to incremental installments of more light, understanding, and healing. After several years of "trudging" this road, my 6 year old daughter (at the time) asked me why we didn't go to church. I quickly fired back that she knew I did not worship God in a church and reemphasized my own way of following God. At that time, I had very few CORE beliefs, however, I was firmly convicted around giving my children true choices and empowering them. She quickly fired back at me, "That's not fair mom, you're taking away my choice." That simple, yet clear statement segwayed into another compelling journey which included me promising to support her in selecting a church, shopping for churches, and then following through with taking her to the church she settled on attending regularly...the LDS church. After 1 year of reluctantly and sometimes resentfully taking she and my younger son, I acquired a desire and courage to investigate for myself. I studied the Bible and Book of Mormon, took the missionary discussions, and even travelled to Nauvoo, Illinois, so I could walk where Joseph Smith walked as I yearned for greater knowledge about him. On the other side of all this and MANY soulful prayers, I received a most powerful, sweet, and abiding conviction that Jesus Christ lives, His healing power is REAL, that Joseph Smith is a prophet who restored the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we have a living prophet today. These truths sustain me when all else fails.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time through a series of daily commitments. These simple daily commitments remind me of whom I place my dependence...on the Lord and not me. I find that when I start my day with prayer on my knees, I have a better chance of following through with other simple desires. I say, “on my knees," because it makes a difference. For me, it's an outward sign of an inward commitment to turn things over to God that day. Then I seek to serve those around me...my husband, my children, my parents, siblings, friends, acquaintances, and strangers. Serving others has saved me from myself MANY times...it enables me to remember why I have chosen the spiritual path I am on. I seek to learn more of the Savior through studying my scriptures and other good books. I try to self assess through journaling and other means so that I can improve in those areas of weakness while acknowledging my areas of strength. I try to more readily clean up those areas of harm that I have caused so I am not weighed down by my inadequacies...sometimes that willingness is there more than other times. I serve within groups that share my passion for helping others so I do not forget where I have come from and why I have the life I have now. I try to communicate openly and honestly with those I love most so that we have a solid relationship with each other as we cultivate a closeness with our Heavenly Father...even when that conversation can be hard. I try to care more about what God thinks than what others think...easier said than done. When I have a day when I am feeling belligerent and more selfish, I try to acknowledge it and recommit to doing better the next day and usually that means starting a new day on my knees in prayer and petitioning the Lord to help me, forgive me, and enable me to have a greater desire to change a little bit more, again.