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Hi I'm Krista

I'm a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, and a friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 37 year old mother of five. I am married to my best friend and the love of my life (yes, they are the same person). We have been married for 15 years. Some think it is a mistake to marry young, but finding Eric was God's greatest gift to me and building our lives together has been the greatest adventure of my life. We met at BYU, where I was studying Community Health Education and he was studying Philosophy. After graduating we returned to the East Coast, where we had our first child. We both attended the University of Virginia, where I received a degree in nursing and Eric graduated from law school. I love being a nurse! I feel it is one of the greatest privileges of my life to comfort and serve God's children. I love big family gatherings! I have five siblings and 17 nieces and nephews (with two more on the way). People often ask why we chose to have a large family. There are many reasons, but one is that we both feel that our brothers and sisters are such a great blessing, and we want our children to have that same blessing. Yes we fought and competed as all siblings do, but as they are our friends. We lean on them and they on us. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know that Jesus Christ lives! My parents joined this church shortly after they married, and I was blessed to be raised in this faith. But my faith is a choice, not just something that is handed down from parent to child or mandated by my family. Through reading The Book of Mormon I have gained a greater understanding of Christ's character and love. Through living prophets I have learned more of His mission and majesty. But I know that He is real because I can feel His love. I suffer from Bipolar Disorder. Once, in the darkest hours of depression and despair, I was laying on my bed, struggling for the will to survive. The weeks of agony weighed heavily on my weary soul. While there, I suddenly felt surrounded and protected by Jesus Christ's love. I knew that he knew me, that he loved me, and that he wanted me to live. I knew that he was there. No, the pain and struggle did not end there. But I was changed. I knew that he knew me, Krista, by name and by circumstance. I knew that he understood my pain. And I knew that His love was more than words on a page. It washed over me like healing waters, and I knew from that point on that I was very literally, not alone. The Savior taught us to judge the merits of something by its fruits. That means I can judge the merits of the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by the effect of those teachings in my life. We cannot know or judge by simply hearing or knowing the commandments. We must live them. By following the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have learned how to socialize without the influence of alcohol! That may seem odd, but many lack that skill. I learned as a teenager how to socialize with boys and build friendships without having premarital sex. (Yes, there is such a thing as good, clean fun!) All of this prepared me to be prepared for the commitment and happiness that comes from marriage and family life.

How I live my faith

The most important way I live my faith is by trying to treat others with the same dignity, love, and compassion that Christ has shown to me. This is especially important to me in my work and at home. I want my patients to feel valued and listened to. I want them to know that their pain and hardship is real and that someone is willing to listen to them and advocate for them, as Christ has to me. Most importantly, I want to treat my family the way Christ would treat them. I want them to be able to believe that they have a Heavenly Father who loves them because they have known and felt a parent's love. I want our home to be a safe place where they are not ridiculed or judged unfairly. I want them to associate their home with love. It is not always easy! Some days the patience is in short supply. But I try to be patient and forgiving with myself, and I keep trying. We have two children with special needs, which adds to the challenge. Life sometimes leaves me exhausted and exasperated and when they scream at me or each other I just want to scream back! But I try to show them the patience and encouragement that Christ and others have shown to me. I know that my situation is not entirely unique, so I started a support group for other parents in my area who have children with mental illness. It has been a great way to connect with others. We share our sorrows and triumphs and cheer each other on. I believe that one of the greatest gifts I can give my children is a solid relationship with my husband. They know that we love each other. Even though we have to fight for it and sacrifice other things, we go on a date every week. When I work late my husband waits up to check in with me. He listens. We pray together. We go on walks together. The highlights of each day, each week are the moments that I share with him. I want my children to know firsthand that the greatest joy they will find in this life and the next can be found in family life.