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Hi I'm Cris

I grew up by the Pacific Ocean and I am a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Cris, Christy, Christine, Chrissy, Sunshine, Mom, Oma♥, Daughter, Sister, Friend and I am a Mormon. I love life!! I find it interesting! I love family, children, neighbors - people! I love all types of music, art, reading, but also love to be active and out doing; I have many interests. I love every season and all types of weather. I started college at age 56 for my accounting degree, I am an administrative assistant in a family law firm, I've written a book, published an article, have been an internet editor, and work with the homeless, but best of all, I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

A Reluctant Mormon My teen years were in the later part of the turbulent 1960s in Southern California. The world seemed exciting and the church standards far too restrictive. I tried to live a little of both lives, but became what I hated the most - a hypocrite. I was pretending to be a good little Mormon girl on Sunday, but making non-Mormon choices during the week. One evening when I was eighteen, I sat in my bedroom and decided that I would make my decision of how I would live the rest of my life. I would either choose to be a real Mormon and live the gospel standards, or I would leave the church and live the 'way of the world’. I promised myself that whichever way I chose to live that night that I would never backtrack to the other lifestyle. I sat there and contemplated my two choices for many hours. I certainly was not going to pray about it and give church life an edge. I kept weighing the value of the church’s teachings against what I thought was the value of a worldly life. Finally, around dawn I reached a decision. I would be a real Mormon and strive to live the teachings. As hard as I tried that night, I was unable to ignore the faintest glowing ember of the gospel’s truth in my heart. I finally realized that if I chose the worldly path, I would never be truly happy and would eventually want to come back to Christ’s gospel. Reluctantly I chose the gospel of Jesus Christ as my lifestyle. I laugh now at the long-ago reluctant decision to be a Mormon. I can now say that it was the best decision I ever made! The little faint ember has grown into a solid, bright core of knowledge and faith. I know that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father love me personally and care about me intensely. I know they watch over me on a daily basis and I feel their guiding influence. I can’t really explain in words how I know all this to be so, but know it, I do. I may have been a reluctant Mormon to begin with, but not now. I have been a very happy Mormon for many years.

How I live my faith

I am a Better Me I learned how to live my Mormon faith by serving in the church. I built my testimony, faith, and learned countless gospel principals as I prepared Sunday lessons for the children, youth, and women groups. It’s oft been quoted that the teacher learns the most from a lesson and in my case, it is true. I find that regardless of where I serve that I love that group of people the best. I just finished serving in the children's nursery. Those sweet little ones' unconditional love and innate goodness became a soothing balm to my soul during a long period of family illness. Although I was very tired after church each Sunday, I looked eagerly forward to seeing the little ones the next Sunday. I’ve learned to be the woman I am because of the women’s lessons at church. They are designed to help women grow spiritually, emotionally, physically, and all other aspects of a women’s life. One time at work a group of mixed coworkers were sharing all the things that they could do. To everything mentioned, I would say, ‘I can do that, too’. I finally had to stop saying that because it was depressing some of my younger coworkers that I was so skilled in so many areas. I later reflected that I learned most of those skills in the women’s meetings at church. I love music and once was called to lead music. An octogenarian pianist taught me how to lead and gave me piano lessons. Oh my, I learned so much more than just how to lead music as she shared her life and testimony with me. She has passed on, but I still take piano lessons. I know that when I see her again, she will expect a piano recital. I have a repertoire of unending stories, but I once heard that someone said to a member of the church, “You Mormons think you are better than everybody else.” I loved the man’s reply. He said, “No, I don’t think that, but I do think that being a Mormon has helped me become a better me.” I echo that. Being a faithful Mormon has helped me become a better me.