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Hi I'm Christie

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

About Me

I am 26 years old and I joined the church in 2006, when I was 21. I have been married for four years to my amazing husband and we have two beautiful children; a three year old daughter and a seven month old son. I have my degree in Elementary Education. I taught second grade and then when my daughter was born, I became a stay at home mom. I am so blessed to have the privilege of staying at home and raising our two kids. They make me smile and laugh every day. In my spare time, I enjoy scrapbooking, playing volleyball, playing board games, cards, and dominoes.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in Chula Vista, CA and grew up in a Methodist church in Imperial Beach, CA until the age of eight. My mom, dad, older sister and I then moved to a small town in Northern Arizona where we attended a Nazarene church. I met my best friend in the 6th grade, who happened to be a Mormon. I attended a few of her church activities in high school. After I graduated, I left home for college in central Arizona. I first went to a community college where I played on the volleyball team and received my Associates degree in Elementary Education. After a few weeks of getting to know my teammates, I learned that almost all of the girls and coaches were Mormon. These girls and my best friend from high school were great examples to me and helped pave the way for my future conversion. After the two years at the community college, I transferred to a University where I completed my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. While taking a lunch break during summer school in June 2006, I met my future husband, who was also eating lunch, at a Panda Express. I did not know he was Mormon. We began hanging out almost every day. He invited me to go with him to church; he went to the Single's Ward, which is a church service for young adults aged 18-31. About one month later, he gave me The Book of Mormon and challenged me to start reading it with an open heart. I took his challenge and as I was reading, I felt overwhelmed with love, joy, and peace. Not too long after, I began taking the Missionary discussions. They taught me some of the same things I had learned growing up, like giving 10% in tithing. I also learned a few new things and had to adjust the way I was living my life. I was baptized a member of the church on September 1, 2006. We continued dating and eventually knew that we wanted to get married. In April 2007 he proposed. In May I finished my senior year and graduated. I began teaching 2nd grade in August and we were married in the Temple on September 1, 2007.

How I live my faith

There are multiple ways I live my faith. I attend church every week. I also go with another woman in my church to visit and discuss gospel principles with two women in our ward every month. I enjoy spending time with them and love that as I am teaching the lesson, I can learn from these amazing women in return. I try to serve those around me in any way I can. One of my responsibilities in our ward is to give each woman a card on her birthday. Because of this, I know almost every woman in our ward. I also have an amazing responsibility; setting up dinner meals for the women after they have their babies. I love that our church does this and appreciate how all the women in our ward work together to help each other out. My husband and I try to share our knowledge of the gospel with our two children. Monday is Family Home Evening night. This is a chance for me, my husband, and children to come together as a family and learn more about the gospel and feel the spirit in our home. One way that my husband and I can feel the spirit together is attending the Temple regularly. I love that I can leave all my worries at the door and feel my Heavenly Father’s presence. Some more ways I live my faith is having personal scripture study, scripture study with my husband, personal prayer, and family prayer.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Christie
Temples are houses of the Lord. Temples are sacred places where God may dwell. They are places of prayer. In the Temples, church members learn eternal truths. They also can receive sacred ordinances, including those that bind husband and wife together for eternity, as well as join children and parents (Malachi 4:5-6). Another function of the Temple is providing ordinances such as baptism for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:29; 1 Peter 4:6). Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Christie
We believe that the ordinance of baptism must be performed by a member in the church that has the priesthood authority and that the baptism is done by immersion. Immersion is symbolic of death and resurrection. When a person enters the waters of baptism, it symbolizes the death of a person’s sinful life. When they arise from the water, it symbolizes the rebirth into a spiritual life. Through the ordinance of baptism, we make a promise, called a covenant, with God. We promise to accept Christ, to become His followers, and to keep His commandments to the end of our lives. In return, our Heavenly Father promises to forgive our sins and let us return to live with Him, provided we keep our covenants. We believe that little children are redeemed through the mercy of Jesus Christ; that they are “alive in Christ” and cannot sin. They do not need to be baptized until they understand the difference between right and wrong. The Lord revealed that children should be baptized at the age of eight. Show more Show less