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Hi I'm Kirsteen

I'm a stay-at-home mom of 5, I look after my brother-in-law who has down syndrome and I love meeting new people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as an only child of a single mother. I loved school and music and friends. I was blessed to be able to travel to England and Scotland every summer to visit grandparents and other family members! I went to University to become a teacher where I graduated in elementary education specializing in Special Education. I taught for 3 years as a Special Ed Resource teacher before I had my first baby. At that time I followed my dream of becoming a stay-at-home mom. My husband and I have been blessed with 5 amazing children - one boy and 4 girls. Three of them are in college, one is married which leaves just one at home :( I have always struggled with weight issues. It seems my whole life has been a battle to be slimmer and healthier. It's definitely my biggest challenge in life! I love spending time with my kids, working on family history, scrapbooking, reading and singing.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up going to church with my mother at Christmas and Easter and sometimes on Mother's Day. There was no other religion in our home besides these few church visits each year. When I was 20 I had a friend who wanted to learn about different religions. She invited me to go with her to different churches each Sunday and I agreed that it would be interesting. Before we even went to one church missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knocked on my door. I thought having them come to teach my friend and I about their beliefs was much easier than going to their church so I invited them to come back and teach us. However, when I told my friend about it, she wanted nothing to do with meeting with "the Mormons"! I was intrigued. They were good looking young men, dressed in nice suits and seemed pleasant enough. So, I decided to learn for myself what they believed. Around the same time, my favorite aunt passed away. She was only 38 years old. I couldn't understand why she died so young and turned to religion for answers. I found those answers in the lessons the missionaries taught. I also found many of the same things I already believed in my heart. I had some confusion and difficulty in understanding Joseph Smith at first but the more I learned the more everything made sense and filled me with a joy and a peace that I'd never felt before. When I started meeting with the missionaries I had no intention of joining their church - it was just out of curiosity that I listened. But as I opened my heart and learned to pray and started living the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ I came to know that the LDS church was true. I knew beyond the shadow of any doubt and that I needed to become a member of Christ's true church and receive the blessings He had in store for me and my posterity.

How I live my faith

Living life as a "Mormon" can be a very busy life! There are so many ways you can be involved as an active member of the LDS church. Currently I serve by working with the Young Single Adults (ages 18-30). Here where I live they have their own meeting time and place that is separate from family meetings so they can mingle with others their own age. It is great working with them and getting to know them and feel of their energy and enthusiasm for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have had many other opportunities to teach children and youth in their Sunday School classes, or teach and lead them in music. I have also led music in our Sacrament meetings or the women's weekly meetings. I love to teach the youth - that is my favorite thing to do at church. On a daily basis, living my faith involves beginning and ending our day with a family prayer and a personal prayer. Each time we eat a meal we offer a blessing on the food and thank our Father in Heaven for all that He has blessed us with. We also study our scriptures together each day (well, almost every day!) as a family and as individuals. The choices I make each and every day are based on who I am as a member of Christ's true church. I don't go places I wouldn't feel comfortable going to with our Savior. I try really hard not to watch tv shows or movies or read books that I would not feel comfortable sharing with Him. There are so many ways to live our faith on a daily basis - there are so many opportunities to serve others and reach out to those in need whether within our church or the community. Each month I have the opportunity to visit with women who just may need a hug or an uplifting message - others need a break from the difficulties and challenges of life so we go out for ice cream and a chance to talk or I pick up some groceries for them or drive them to a doctor's appointment. Loving and serving others is one of the greatest ways to show our love to our Savior.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Kirsteen
Mormon "customs" are pretty straightforward. When we go to Church the women and girls will be in skirts and dresses with modest tops covering up cleavage and hem lines at or below the knee (this is standard despite the fact that there will be some who choose to do otherwise). In summer we suggest shoes that would not be worn to the beach - basically we want to be nicely, not sloppily dressed in the House of the Lord. The first time I ever went to Church I wondered if Mormons wore make up - and yes, we do! For the men, a shirt and tie with nice slacks are great - many men will be in suits with white shirt and tie and nice shoes. This is pretty standard for the young men and boys too - generally speaking no jeans for anyone and women will NOT be in pants although everyone is welcome no matter what they are wearing! Mormons love a good party! We have many activities where games are played - monthly the youth (ages 12-18) have dances as do the Young Single Adults (18-30) and older single adults. Many of our members are involved in sports teams at school or even at church - we have lots of opportunities to play sports on church teams - basketball, baseball and "turkey bowls" are pretty standard activities! Music is also a very popular activity for members of our church - we sing in all of our meetings and often our kids are involved in music at school as well. We celebrate Christmas and Easter as well as all of the standard holidays that occur wherever we live. Show more Show less