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Hi I'm Chris

I'm a wife. I'm a mother. I'm a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and mother of 5. I was a Spanish bilingual teacher in Chicago but I've been home with my kids for 15 years. I've homeschooled and enjoyed it. I have a genetic heart condition and 3 of my children also have the same condition. Once diagnosed, we became better educated in cardiology, now a hobby of mine. We have a son wth autism who has taught us patience and unconditional love. We adopted our 5th at 2 1/2 yrs., a beautiful baby girl from Shanghai, China. I love to read historical fiction, and enjoy drawing even though my skills are very basic. I love having a big family but often get overwhelmed. I therefore cherish my one-on-one time with each child and make sure we get it every week. More than anything, I love spending time with my husband. Our favorite place to go is Kauai, Hawaii. It is there, alone with him, where I feel my soul is at peace. I hope to someday return to school. Maybe study something in the medical field. I seek knowledge in regards to the things I am challenged with - the more I understand my problems, the less fear I have ofve of them and the more energy I have to resolve them. I am blessed in that I have a husband who supports and loves me unconditionally. He makes me feel loved, smart, and important. With him by my side, I know we can get through any challenges life has for us. We like to swim and travel with our kids. They are active and it's fun to plan trips with them and experience life through their eyes.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Catholic but always had questions I wished to have answered. Years later, I became close friends with another mom who had a son with autism. We shared with each other our upbringings and beliefs; our struggles. I admired her strength and positive attitude. Although she had moments of despair, she always managed to pick herself up and continue. She never gave up and was always so hopeful no matter how bleak the situation. I craved her strength; her hope. I asked her where she got it. I went to church with her per her invitation and felt I had finally come home. Although I wasn't looking for a church, I had found my home and knew that therein lies my purpose, my hope and truth; my questions would finally have answers. I was baptized at 30 yrs. old and still have so much to learn but with each year I build a stronger testimony that this church is true.

How I live my faith

Giving and sacrificing of myself for others and the community are qualities in myself I'm constantly looking to improve. Since studying the scriptures and attending church I have made strides in these areas but still have room for improvement. My upbringing did not include many examples of charity so church has taught me this and has since been my guide. I'm an art docent in my daughter's class and I've enjoyed giving my time to prepare and teach lessons. Being a lover of books, I've also enjoyed volunteering in the school library. I'm a CTR 5 teacher and although it proves to be challenging, I feel good about it, doing in some small way, what I know Jesus wants us to do - spread the Gospel. Volunteering for my daughter's gymnastics team I admit is hardly a sacrifice as I enjoy the sport and especially enjoy watching her. Visiting and checking in on other female members of our church, seeing if there is any assistance I can give them (babysitting, rides, or just someone to listen) has blessed me as much if not more than it has helped them. As a family, we've also enjoyed volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. That organization is truly heaven on earth. Since being converted, I've studied the scriptures, getting to better know Christ and the giving example He was to us. I've learned that life truly is richer when serving others. I've been late in learning this lesson but better late than never!

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Our families provide a setting for much of the growth we experience in life. When Jesus was on the earth, He taught us through His example how to be selfless and love others more than ourselves. What better way to learn and experience this than to have a family, a spouse and children, who you love more than yourself; who you'd be willing to sacrifice everything for? I know that families are central to God's plan for us. God gave us a free will and with it we can choose to each day make our families stronger and happier. I believe it is possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for us to be united with our families eternally in His presence. Show more Show less