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Hi I'm Christina

I am a musician and teacher. I love learning and being a mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Nevada and enjoyed a happy childhood. My supportive parents encouraged me to explore a variety of activities, so I developed a wide range of interests. Reading, exercising, singing, dancing, playing instruments, traveling, and enjoying my family are among my favorite things. My undergraduate degree is in K-12 Music Education and my masters degree is in Choral Conducting. Needless to say, I'm a choral music junkie! I sang with BYU Singers for 6 years and had the incredible opportunity of being the assistant conductor for the group in my final year. I met my husband in BYU Singers, and we still enjoy singing together both in and out of choral ensembles. For work, I teach the choir at my husband's medical school and run a private music studio. Though I'm not currently receiving formal education, I continue to seek opportunities to learn. I've recently studied books about parenting, nutrition, quality healthcare (Atul Gawande is a genius), religion, and home organization. I participate in Jazzercise and other forms of exercise. I love being a mom! My sweet little boy occupies most of my time and keeps me on my toes. We love to dance, play games, and read books together.

Why I am a Mormon

Jesus Christ established a church while living on the earth, and I believe that same church has been established once again as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I believe that the authority and priesthood mentioned in the fifth chapter of Hebrews died with His apostles, and that priesthood has been restored. Prophets and apostles live on the earth today, and as written in Ephesians, they are the foundation upon which the church is built. These and many other parallels I find between Christ's New Testament church and the Mormon church fortify my faith. I am a Mormon because I believe it is His church. Furthermore, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because the doctrine makes sense to me. It resonates with me, enlightens my mind, and brings me a sense of peace. Christ's perfect life and Atonement are central to my understanding of all other principles taught in the church.

How I live my faith

Sacrificing my time and talents is one way I live my faith. In the church community, I teach my congregation's choir, as well as the choir that assembles twice a year for a conference which nine congregations attend. I oversee all music activity in those nine congregations, and give instruction and training where needed. Despite the fact that I have two music degrees and teach for pay in the community, I donate my time to perform these duties for the church. Sacrifice is the key. I share what I have been given and what knowledge I have acquired because I believe it has the power to uplift and inspire. My service gives me the opportunity to thank the Lord for the talents I've been given.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Christina
Absolutely! I love the Bible. I believe it is the word of God, and I embrace Biblical teachings. When I read the Bible, I feel closer to God, my faith in Jesus Christ increases, and I desire to be a better person. The Bible is a very important part of the Mormon scriptural canon. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Christina
We believe that baptism is a required ordinance for the salvation of every person who has ever lived (John 3:5). If this Biblical teaching is indeed true, than a merciful, compassionate God would provide a way for everyone to be baptized, not a select few. There are those who live and die without ever learning of Jesus Christ, so how will they be saved? Should salvation be determined solely on where you were born, and if the name of Christ is spoken there? No. He prepared a way for every soul to be saved through baptism in the name of Christ. These ordinances are performed by proxy in LDS temples on behalf of our ancestors who have died without being baptized, or who were baptized without proper authority. We believe that each spirit maintains the right to choose whether or not they will accept the ordinance. Show more Show less