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Hi I'm Kristi

I'm a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a friend. I love to read and write, usually while eating jelly beans. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a person who is passionate about learning--anything and everything! I'm fortunate in that my parents also value education, in all its forms. When I was younger they took me to piano, violin, and dance lessons and encouraged me to go to science camps during the summers. I majored in microbiology and chemistry in college but took classes in music, Shakespeare, and ballroom dance, too. During my youth I had opportunities to travel to Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Brazil and numerous countries in Europe. Each place taught me something new about this world and the human family of which I'm a part. Now, after getting married and working for a few years in the Bio-tech and Pharmaceutical Industries, I'm a stay-at-home mother of three little girls. Although my current circumstances don't allow for much travel or formal educational opportunities, I find that life itself is one big classroom and that I'm still learning, maybe even more than I ever have before. I've learned how to change diapers and get finger paint stains out of clothes. I've learned how to comfort a teething baby and how to teach a toddler to use the toilet. I've learned that "everything's a stage" and that this period of sticky fingers and peanut butter kisses is going to pass faster than I think. Someday I'll get back out there and explore the world. Until then, I have a library card, the internet, and three little girls to hold my hands as we climb life's great learning curve together.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family. My grandparents are Mormons, my parents are Mormons, my aunts, uncles, and cousins are all Mormons. Some people might think I'm a Mormon simply because I've never known any other way to live. But that's not it. I'm still a Mormon because I've thought about it, I've prayed about it, and after watching blessings unfold in my life from living the gospel versus the feelings of emptiness and confusion that come when I don't, I know for myself that it's true. I have chosen to continue in my Mormon faith because it brings me peace, joy, comfort, and provides me with a set of values to guide me when making decisions. My religion is a source of strength to me when I pass through periods of trials. If anything, I feel that my family is the strongest evidence of the truthfulness of the gospel. We're not perfect, we make mistakes; but we are united in the common belief that Jesus is the Christ and that we can experience greater happiness now and live forever as a family with Him in the future if we follow His teachings.

How I live my faith

The best thing about the gospel of Jesus Christ is that it gives a person a guidebook for making decisions. My faith guides nearly every choice I make during the day--from what kind of clothes to purchase for my children to how I interact with my neighbors. For example, my faith teaches me that we are all children of God and that our physical bodies are gifts that he has given us. Consequently, I encourage my daughters to dress modestly in order to show proper respect for their bodies. The Savior also taught us that we should love one another. I follow this commandment by making it a point to introduce myself and my family to new neighbors, usually by taking a plate of cookies or a loaf of bread over and offering our assistance as they get settled in. The more I learn about God's plan for me and my family the more willing I am to mold my behaviors to be in accordance with Christ's teachings. This relationship is particularly evident in my home. I place a strong emphasis on building loving relationships with my husband and children because the gospel teaches me that families can be eternal. So we make it a point to trim down our extra-curricular activities in order to have plenty of time to read scriptures together, jump on the tramp, play games, and just plain talk to each other. The gospel comforts me during times of difficulties, too. Because I understand that trials are a natural and necessary part of our earthly experience, I'm less inclined to feel discouraged while facing them. Instead of asking "why me?" so much, I find myself asking "what can I learn from this experience?" The gospel of Jesus Christ gives me hope that in the end, all things I go through in this life will help me develop as a person and ultimately be for my own good.