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Hi I'm Kristene

I am the mother of 9 Eagle Scouts and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to travel and go dancing with my husband. It has been thrilling to see many of the world's prominant cities and fantastic sights, but nothing compares to being with my family. I love to rock my grand babies, they smell so sweet. I love to just sit and listen to my children visit and tell stories they remember about their childhood. I love having them come home and fill our house with noise and laughter. All I really ever wanted to be was a wife and mother. My greatest joy has come from fulfilling this eternal calling.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I was raised as a Mormon I attended a religious instruction class every day at school called Seminary. One day our teacher challanged us to fast and pray and know for ourselves that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and our Savior and Redeemer. I set aside the day and after my fast I began to pray. I knew the feeling I wanted because I had felt it before. When nothing came, I prayed more ferverently, still nothing. Finally with tearful sobs I told my Heavenly Father, "I know Jesus Christ was Your Son and my Savior, why aren't you answering me?" Then the witness came and the inexpressable joy that filled my heart made me almost want to laugh. I had known it all along and my Heavenly Father knew it. Years later in my scripture study I learned that, "To some is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he was crucified for the sins of the world." I came to know that I had this spiritual gift and have been grateful for the strength it has given me. My faith in Christ and His restored church is the foundation for my life.

How I live my faith

I live in a small community and have been involved in the Scouting program for almost 20 years and have learned to love working with boys. Because I am the mother of only boys I have appreciated the values of scouting along with the teachings of the church in helping me to raise my sons. I love to watch boys become honorable men who want to serve their God and their country and who enjoy the freedom of self reliance from the skills they have learned in the scouting program. Each week my home is filled with the laughter and antics of 11 year old boys and this keeps me active and energetic. When I was teaching scout leaders I would tell them that they needed to learn to love the smell of "wet dog" because that is what little boys usually smell like. I do love that smell and I love serving these young men.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

My husband and I were volunteers for 4 years at a church owned facility that distributed food to people who needed assistance. As we grew to know the recipients we heard their stories of disappointment and trials. They spoke of faith that things would get better and that they would once again be self reliant. For some, further education was needed, for others just time to heal from an illness or injury. After visiting with their local church leader they were asked to commit to render service to others or to assist at our facility The reaccurring response for the assistance that was provided by the church was always one of gratitude. We considered it a priviledge to be able to assist them until they could support themselves. Show more Show less