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Hi I'm Christen

I'm a teacher, reader, writer, and Anglophile who wanted to be She-Ra when I grew up. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently received a master’s degree in teaching and am embarking on a new career in my thirties. I love my family and dote on my nieces. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing, planning adventures with friends, and learning more about the world around me. Time spent in the British Isles convinced me I want to someday see the rest of the world in person, but for now I content myself with learning second-hand about all the beautiful and interesting things in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an LDS home, but my parents were great examples of choosing to live the Gospel. My father converted his freshman year of college and my mother and her siblings chose to remain faithful despite family hardships. I grew up knowing that following the teachings of Christ was a choice and that it was my responsibility to learn for myself if those teachings were true. As an adolescent I began questioning everything, just like everyone does at that age. In asking myself whether I believed what I had been taught since infancy, I was reminded of many instances in the past that built my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in His Prophets and Apostles, and in His scriptures. Those experiences and the many that have come after have built a foundation on which I have been able to stand, and sometimes cling to, during the hardships and trials of this life. I had a plan in high school about how my life would go. Very little of that original plan actually happened in the last fifteen years, but as I have asked for and been given direction for my life from God, I have been blessed. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been beautiful. In essence, I’m a Mormon because I have made covenants with God and have seen the promises of those covenants realized in my life. It is a continual process of my faith being strengthened through my obedience to God’s commandments and seeing His hand in my life.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a daily, hourly act of staying true to what I believe and following the example of my Savior. It is not always easy and I make many mistakes, but part of living my faith is learning from those mistakes, admitting my weaknesses, and asking for the Lord’s help in overcoming them. I currently teach the seven and eight year-old children in my congregation. Each of these children is embarking on their own spiritual journeys by choosing to be baptized and make the first of many covenants with God. Each week as I prepare and teach simple lessons on the principles and ordinances of the Gospel I am overwhelmed with the beauty, simplicity, mercy, and love inherent in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love seeing the faith of the children in my class and am buoyed by their joy. It is one of the best and most fun ways of living my faith!