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Hi I'm Chrysta

I come from a huge, crazy, wonderful family. I'm a literature enthusiast, a writer, a singer, and an actress. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the ninth child in a family of ten. My family--my brothers, my sisters, my nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters in law, my parents--are such an important part of who I am. They taught me how to be happy, how to love myself, and how to have fun. At a very young age, I startled my mom by beginning to read cereal boxes and product labels--really, anything I could get my hands on--without ever being taught to read. That unexplained talent has developed throughout my life into a deep-seated love of reading. Along with that came the desire to write, and it is still my ambition to become a best-selling novelist. Someday. I graduated in May of this year (2011) with a BA in English Literature and during the last few years have started down the road with more than one story that I thought would be my masterpiece. Alas, it is not that easy . . . but I'll keep trying. In the last year, a lot has changed in my life. Most importantly, I met and fell in love with my perfect match. We were married in January, and I am so grateful for him. I'm not wearing rose-colored glasses. I know that life and marriage will not be perfect, but I'm so glad I get to live through their ups and downs with my best friend.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad passed away in a work accident when I was nine years old. For many people, this would be plenty of motivation to question God. Why would he let something like that happen? Why would he leave my good mother alone with ten children and no source of income? I don't doubt that a few in my family asked those very questions. The experience made me ask a different one. As time passed, I began to pray and ask whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true. I had been taught all my life that by the Priesthood of this Church, families could be sealed together in the temples of the Lord. They could be reunited after death. They could last forever. I wanted to know: could I see my dad again? Would he and my mom be married for eternity? Would I always be his daughter? I never had a single resounding response to those questions. Instead, they were answered over time by a series of deeply personal experiences that cemented my testimony in the gospel of Jesus Christ. By the voice of the Holy Ghost, I learned not only that this is His restored church, but that He truly lived, atoned, and died for us. I learned--by experience--that through his Atonement, we can truly be made clean. I learned that I really am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me, who loves all His children no matter who they are, what they believe, or what they have done. He wants us to follow Jesus Christ and return to His presence. There are many aspects of life, of the gospel, and of the Church that I don't fully understand, but of these truths I am sure.

How I live my faith

Right now, my husband and I serve our ward in the nursery. During Sunday School, members bring their sweet 1-1/2 to 3-year-olds to us so that the adults can focus on feeling the Spirit. It is not the most glamorous calling, but it is how the Lord has asked us to serve, and we love it. I especially appreciate the opportunity to learn from the simple, unquestioning faith of those beautiful children. I'm not perfect. I wish I did more to serve others, to share the gospel, and to live my faith every day by being the person my Savior intends me to be. The wonderful news about the gospel is, I'm not expected to be perfect. Not yet. I just have to keep getting better.