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Hi I'm Kresta

I am a wife and a mother of 6 children. I have cancer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to a wonderful man for almost 22 years and we have 6 beautiful children. I love to sing, read and spend time with my family. I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer almost 12 years ago and have been fighting it ever since. When we first found out I had cancer, we were relieved it was an "easy" cancer to treat. This has not been the case for me. I have had many treatments, 6 surgeries and still currently have Thyroid cancer. Although it has been frustrating at times, I know that I am a better person because of it. My family has also grown through this trial. I have never felt alone these 12 years with my cancer. I know that I have a loving Father in Heaven who sustains me and I have a family that considers this "our" fight, not just "my" fight. We're a team and what happens to one of us, happens to all of us.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always known the gospel of Jesus Christ to be true. I know some people might question "how" I could just know...but I do. It permeates every aspect of my life. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ isn't just something I choose to do, it's who I am. It makes me happy and brings focus into my life. I have grown up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have always felt the blessings from following the teachings of this gospel. I have seen how it makes me and my family better people and that it gives us direction and purpose. It is true that being a member of this church blesses my life in many ways but what I hold most dear is my knowledge that I have a loving Heavenly Father and a Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that if I trust in them, they will watch over me. No matter what happens in my life, they will be there to help me and do what is best for me. When I have struggles and I don't have all the answers (as I have had many times fighting cancer), I continue to have faith in God's will for me. Sometimes we can not recognize the blessings in our life or we might even think God is not there. But I know that a loving Father will always watch over his children...always. When we are struggling, he is still there to help us with that struggle. He knows that it is through the struggles and trials that we gain strength and become stonger people. I have been asked if I could change the fact that I have cancer and I can honestly say I would not. I have changed "because" of having cancer. I feel more empathy and love for those around me. It has been through the struggles in my life that I have learned to become more like my Savior. I am a Mormon because I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true.

How I live my faith

I love to teach the youth in the church. The young men ages 11-18, participate in the Boy Scouting program. I am currently working with the Boy Scouts and have enjoyed watching my 3 oldest sons earn their Eagle Scout. I have 1 more son who is working toward this as well. I have seen first-hand how scouting prepares boys to be faithful men. The Boy Scout oath is "On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times;To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight." What a wonderful statement! I am so grateful for the opportunity to help these young men in the Scouting program in my area. I know they are building character and learning to live lives of integrity. They are learning skills that will help them become teachers and leaders who will impact their communities in a positive way.