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Hi I'm Crystal

I'm a divorced mother of three. I find strength in Christ. I look for a positive in every situation and you know what? I find it.

About Me

So what makes me "me"? I'm still in the process of discovering that myself, but there are some things that will always define me. I'm a daughter of a kind, loving, and generous God who knows me better than I know myself. I keep journals and I can look back and see how He has guided my footsteps throughout my life even when I didn't realize he was leading me. When I remember my relationship to God, I am filled with confidence that I can take on anything this life throws at me! I'm a Mom. I have three beautiful children who are the greatest parts of my life. They bring me joy as I am able to lead and guide them through a tough world. They teach me how to be less selfish and more patient. They show me that it's good to be silly and cheerful even when times are difficult. I'm a creator. I express my creativity through many avenues... music and lyrics, the written word, interior decorating, sewing, crafting, and photography. Creating is what gives life that extra spark for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon faith, so I knew the principals of the Gospel at a very young age. But knowing about the church and learning for myself that it is actually true are two different things, aren't they? When I was a teenager, I decided to finally read the book of Mormon from cover to cover and pray about it. I wanted to know if it was true. I remember the Holy Ghost testifying to my mind and heart about the truth of that book. It was warmth. I felt the power of the book and as I read, I wanted to know Christ better and to develop a relationship with God, my Heavenly Father. I continued to make choices that were in accordance with the standards I was learning and continued to see blessings. My testimony was being built brick by brick. As the years have gone by I've had many experiences that have continued to build that testimony. My faith was severely tested when after 8 years of marriage, I was, quite suddenly and unexpectedly, faced with a separation and eventual divorce. With that experience I have dealt with the most acute anguish, pain, fear, and doubt. When first confronted with this situation, I was tempted to question all that I believe. It didn't take long for my mind to recall the many faith-building experiences I have had in life. I knew that I couldn't deny what was true. So I didn't. I pressed on. The outcome of the trial was not visibly affected. But I have been strengthened and nourished in my need. There have been times when I have felt like I was being held close by someone who understood and cared about my pain and loved me. I recognize in those moments that it is the understanding of my Savior, and the love of my Heavenly Father that will always sustain me and hold me during the times I need it the most. Throughout my life, my faith will continue to be built brick by brick and it will continue to sustain me. I am a Mormon because the Gospel of Jesus Christ provides peace and strength. I am a Mormon because I know it is the truth.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in every thing I do because without it it, I wouldn't really live at all. If you would have asked me to answer this question awhile back, I don't think I would have answered with such deep conviction as I do now. But through the biggest trial of my life (thus far), it has been my faith in Heavenly Father's plan and in the power of Christ's atonement that keep me putting one foot in front of the other at the times when all I want to do is give up and die. Because the principals and ordinances of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have helped me more fully access the atonement of Jesus Christ in my own life, I feel like I should give of myself to help others see the power of the atonement in their lives. Currently I serve members of my "ward", or congregation, by teaching the Gospel Doctrine class. It brings me joy to study about the Savior in depth so that I am prepared to teach of Him. I participate in "visiting teaching". Through this program I can learn of other women's needs and support them through service, support and love. I have developed many true friendships with the women I visit with. I try to represent the Savior in my daily interactions. Sometimes it's a friendly smile at the grocery store or an understanding heart when somebody cuts me off on the road. Other times I live my faith through forgiving and loving even when someone has wronged me. Because I love the Lord, I want to raise my children with a desire to serve Him too. I do this by helping them to read the scriptures and learn of Him. I have taught them how to pray and remind them often that they are children of God. Through living my faith, I grow closer to Christ which blesses my life in so many ways. It is my greatest hope that in some way, how I live will also help others be led to Christ.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Crystal
Pornography has been called by some "the new drug". Why? Because pornography is as addicting to the brain as an illicit drug and is much easier to obtain. Viewing pornography results in the brain releasing the same chemicals that are released during hard drug use. Science is now beginning to see that pornography changes the homeostasis (normal state) of the brain and even damages the frontal lobes (decision-making part of the brain). To the brain, addiction is addiction. Pornography robs a person of self-worth, ability to see and treat others the same way they did before, and destroys the ability to gain satisfaction from healthy and real relationships. It has been a source of destruction for so many families and a stumbling block for progress in so many individual lives. Stopping the spread and influence of pornography starts with education and seeing it for what it truly is. Seeing it for what it truly does. It's not just a harmless "release". It is truly a calamitous drug. Stopping the spread of pornography starts with talking to our children and families about it in courageous ways, teaching them how to respond if confronted with it and setting up barriers to prevent accidental exposure. If pornography is a part of your life, stopping it starts with attacking it with the same intensity that you would if it were a problem with drugs. It starts with seeking professional help and enlisting those you love to help you rid yourself of it's damaging influence. Show more Show less