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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Wisconsin and joined the Mormon Church when I was 20. I'm a mom, grandma and mental health counselor.

About Me

I grew up in Wisconsin, the eldest of three daughters in a devout family. I went to parochial school, took piano lessons, and learned to work hard. I'm a convert to the Mormon church and finished college at BYU. I met my husband there and we married and moved to Arizona. We've raised five children and have adorable grandkids. I went back to school in my early 40's and earned a master's degree in counseling. I've had a private counseling practice for the past 17 years. I love every chance to visit my grandchildren, enjoy digital scrapbooking, reading, decorating, and making memories with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Church while a student at the University of Wisconsin. It took me about 18 months of seriously thinking through what I learned about the Church before I became a member. I studied, read, contemplated and prayed. Over time I felt better and better about the Church and all it stands for. Ultimately, my conversion came in a moment. I had lost my beloved grandfather when I was 11 years old. i loved him so deeply and he was part of my daily life. We lived in the same small town and spent time together every week. He listened to me, took me for ice cream, read to me, took me for walks, built my confidence and gave me a great, deep sense of self-worth. He died of a massive stroke on a Tuesday morning in 1964. I was devastated. My Catholic upbringing gave me little hope of a future relationship with my grandfather. I missed him so deeply with a missing that didn't go away with the passing years. As I learned the Mormon concept of eternal families and began to comprehend its meaning - that families will be reunited after death, my sense of deep truth strengthened. One day in a missionary lesson I asked if it were really true that I would one day see my grandfather again. The missionary replied that not only would I see him, but I would resume a family relationship with him. I felt a warmth inside me from head to toe. I knew it was true. I believe it with all my heart. I have come to know and understand many other truths taught by the LDS religion, that that truth - that families can be together forever, is a deep, centering truth of my life. Today there are additional reasons, but that is the first reason why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My husband and I have an opportunity to teach couples how to strengthen their marriages and parenting. Each Friday evening we invite 7-10 couples into our home where we teach a curriculum prepared by the church and its family services organization. We love the opportunity to teach together. I love gathering with fellow members in our community of believers every Sunday. I have grown close to them as we share life together. The women of the church have taught me mothering skills. They've taught me how to cook healthy meals, scrapbook, and write a family song. I've enjoyed many opportunities to teach doctrine to children, youth and adults in Sunday School settings. A most meaningful part of my day is the time I currently spend in spiritual study, reading scriptures, praying and contemplating the truths of eternity. My life feels centered, every day, by my membership in the church