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Hi I'm Christine

I am a native Arizonan. I'm a wife, a mom of four kids & a grandmother. I love music & I love to teach it to others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was sixth in a family of seven children—six girls and one boy. We were very poor, but my parents and siblings provided me with the wonderful gifts of a carefree childhood, a solid foundation upon which to build a strong testimony of Christ’s gospel and unconditional love and acceptance. I was loved in spite of any failures, which gave me the courage to try and try again. Our home was filled with music. Most everyone sang, so I grew up thinking that was what I was supposed to do, too. I love music and took piano lessons for many years. I learned to sing at a very young age. Consequently, I have taught our four children how to sing and play the piano plus other instruments. And I taught piano for twenty-five years as well as voice for five years. I love helping others develop their talents. I suppose I now will teach my grandchildren a love for music and for life by helping them to develop their talents. My husband (of thirty-seven years whom I love and admire very much) and I have two grandchildren now and two on the way.

Why I am a Mormon

My brother and sisters and I were raised in a very spiritual atmosphere learning at the feet of our parents gaining knowledge of a loving Father In Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ. We learned to pray and study the scriptures. We learned not to judge others by their appearances but to look deeper into their hearts. We had our share of sorrows. Before my parents past away, they had outlived four of their children—one died in infancy, one died at 10 years, two were killed in two different car accidents. But through all of these sorrows, my parents’ faith never waivered. I know for myself that death is not the end or the beginning. It is a continuation of our progression in order to reach for perfection through the atonement of Christ and the love of our Heavenly Father. He gave us the Plan of Salvation that contains the promise that we will be reunited with our loved ones after this life is over in our family units if we obey his commandments (which includes being married and sealed in one of God’s Holy Temples) and love one another. I know that He hears my prayers and answers them. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know that it is true. I believe that through this organization and the Gift of the Holy Ghost that I can know the truth of all things. I know that Heavenly Father knows me and each of us personally. He waits upon us to ask for the things we need that are for our good so that he can bless us. I know that because of the atonement of Christ, we can be forgiven when we repent, forsake that which we have done wrong and live a better life. I know the Book of Mormon is true. If we live by its principles, we can be happy and return to live with our Heavenly Father and our Lord, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I serve as the organist in our church and I visit and watch out for two women who are assigned to me. We care for each other and make sure their needs are met. I try to teach my children how to live a good Christian life by living the teachings that are taught in our church. I say my prayers daily, read and study my scriptures regularly and I attend the temple to do work for my kindred dead. I have volunteered in the classroom of elementary schools to help not only my children learn but other children as well. I have volunteered as a softball coach. I try to put my religion into action by serving wherever I see I am needed with my neighbors, friends, church members and family members. When women in our church face health or other challenges, we deliver meals to them and their families until they can get back on their feet. We take them to doctor's appointments if they can't drive themselves, etc. I am working to have a Christ-like love for all those I meet.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Christine
As I have read the scriptures, my spirituality has increased so much so that I can recognize the promptings of the Holy Ghost in my life particularly as I raised my children. I received promptings and still do of what I should say and do or not say and not do at specific times when my children need my help. I have received warnings for their safety. When my third child, second son was almost to drown, I was alerted in my mind (I am sure by the Holy Ghost) to his situation. I was guided to know just what to do, and I was able to save his life. In like fashion, my life was spared by my sister who listened to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. When I was playing hide and seek with my friends, I locked myself in an old refrigerator thinking it was a really neat place to hide. Sweat started pouring down my face, and I started running out of oxygen. I started screaming which used up more oxygen. My sister was inside the house and could not hear my screams. But she heard the still, small voice (the Holy Ghost) whisper to her a command to go to the back of the house and open the old refrigerator. I fell out in her arms right before going unconscious. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Christine
In the spring of 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York, and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him, just as heavenly beings had appeared to prophets like Moses and Paul in biblical times. Joseph learned that the Church originally organized by Jesus Christ during His mortal ministry was no longer on the earth. Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. During the next 10 years, Joseph was visited by other heavenly messengers, translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God, and received authority to organize the Church. The Church was organized in Fayette, New York, on 6 April 1830, under the leadership of Joseph Smith. It has grown to an organization with members and congregations throughout the world. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Christine
Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God. His birth, life, death, and resurrection fulfilled the many prophecies contained in the scriptures concerning the coming of a Savior. He was the Creator, He is our Savior, and He will be our Judge (see Isaiah 9:6, 53:3-7; Psalms 22:16-18). Under the direction of our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created the earth (John 1:10; Hebrews 1:2). When Jesus lived on the earth (approximately 2,000 years ago), He led a perfect life. He taught by word and example how people should live in love of God and others. Through His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and by giving His life on the cross—that is, by performing the Atonement —Jesus Christ saves us from our sins (1 Peter 2:21) as we follow Him. Because of the Atonement, you can be forgiven of your sins when you sincerely repent (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 26:30). Through His Resurrection, Jesus Christ saved us from death. Because He overcame death, we will all be given the gift of resurrection, that is to say our spirits will be eternally re-united with our bodies (Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:22). When life on this earth is over, Jesus Christ will be the final Judge (Acts 17:31; John 5:21-22; Acts 10:42). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Christine
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead, along with God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost is one in purpose with the Father and the Son, but is a separate being. Through Joseph Smith, the Lord revealed: The Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us. (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22) The special mission of the Holy Ghost is to testify of the Father and the Son, to reveal the truth (Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:4,5), to comfort us (John 14:26), and to sanctify us. He is a divine guide and teacher. He is a testifier of all truth and through his promptings, you can know the truth of all things when you pray and ask. Show more Show less