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Hi I'm Christie

I grew up in Utah. I draw portaits of family, friends, and of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a mother of three, and a grandmother of five beautiful grandchildren. My wonderful husband and I just celebrated our 34th anniversary. My family is my treasure. Growing up in the beautiful mountains of Utah gave me an appreciation of our beautiful world. Now I reside in Arizona where the sunrises and sunsets are so breathtaking that I audibly gasp in awe everyday. Through the years my interests have varied. I have always had a yearning to create something whether with a sewing machine, my oven, or through paints or pencils. My passion is drawing portraits, using graphite pencils and a special technique the picture look like photographs. I love to see the portraits come to life as I work with them. I love to spend time with my family and will use any excuse to have a party. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful family that enjoys spending time together playing games, laughing, and sharing each others joys and sorrows.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ brings me so much peace and joy. As I study the Book of Mormon and the Bible, I learn of our Savior's love for me and for all people. Praying to our Heavenly Father has helped me to know the truth of the Book of Mormon. I have the knowledge that my family is eternal, we will be together forever, if we obey his commandments and follow his teachings. I am so grateful for the gift of the Holy Ghost and the guidance that I receive daily. I love to go to the Temple and participate in the sacred ordinances there. I have been blessed to know of our Heavenly Father's plan for us here on earth and that Jesus died for me. If I follow Him, I will live with Him again. My knowledge of this plan has helped to take the sting away when death and sicknesses has occurred in my family. I know that I will be with those family members again. Knowing that I can talk to my Heavenly Father every day is so comforting to me. I know that my family is watched over and protected daily. I am grateful that my husband is a worthy priesthood holder and blesses our family.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day. I begin and end my days with a prayer of gratitude to my Heavenly Father for the blessings he gives me each day. I ask for His guidance and protection for my family. I try to be kind and good to everyone I meet. I love to help and serve others as I am able. I have been blessed to hold many callings within the church and am currently working with the Cub Scouts. I also serve as a visiting teacher where I have the opportunity to go into the homes of three beautiful women in my ward and visit with them each month. I share my testimony with everyone through word and deed. My greatest desire is to serve my Heavenly Father and to have an eternal family. I try to be a good example of womanhood and motherhood to my family and to those around me. I find great comfort in listening to the Conference talks given by our prophet and the apostles, as I spend many hours drawing. The messages contained in those talks are modern day scripture given to us at this time. I love the Book of Mormon and have listened to it many times during my drawing sessions. However, as much as I love listening to the passages, there is something wonderful about reading right from the Book of Mormon and turning the well worn pages.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Christie
Every day as I look out my window or drive down the road and see the beautiful sunrises and sunsets of Arizona, it takes my breath away. I feel that I am in the middle of the most beautiful painting. Then I look at the beauty in the flowers, in the desert plant life. Each a miracle in itself. How can all of this beauty be by chance? It cannot. Heavenly Father created this beautiful world for us. The complexity and the intricacy of the plants, the animals, the people, the fish, the birds, everything relying upon the other and working in harmony so beautifully. These things are by divine design not by chance. Have you ever laid on your lawn and looked up at the stars at night? Have you hiked in the mountains through the majestic pines? Nature in all of its awe and wonder make each of us so small in comparison, yet, to our Heavenly Father we are so important, each and every one of us. The miracle of life is a precious gift from Heavenly Father, to be cherished and taken care of. All life is a testimony of Heavenly Father and His love for us. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Christie
Mormons are some of the most giving, generous people you will ever find. We help anyone who is in need. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sends food, clothing, medical supplies, school supplies, personal hygiene kits, etc. to people all over the world. When natural disaster occur, the church is one of the first and fastest responders providing food, clothing and man power to help. In neighborhoods and communities the church members help others in need as well. The Church stresses service to others and that service blesses the lives of many people. Mormons don't care if the person needing help is a member or not, we are all children of our Heavenly Father and it is our responsibility to care for one another. Mormons take that responsibility very seriously. Programs are in place so that groups of members can be assembled quickly and efficiently. Show more Show less