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Hi I'm Crystal.

I grew up in Idaho. I'm a teacher. I'm a wife. I'm a proud mommy of two amazing little men. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated college and began teaching first grade in Arizona. I was in love(!) and so excited/relieved that I had, indeed, chosen the right career for myself. I taught first grade for two wonderful years and then taught one year of kindergarten before having my first son. I was quite confident going into motherhood after having experience as a teacher. If I could easily manage a classroom full of 30 6-year-olds, surely I could handle a child, right? Ha! I love nothing more than being a mommy... but to tell you the truth, most days I am barely hanging on by my fingernails. I now have two VERY energetic, beautiful boys. Dom is 3 and Dame is almost 2. Baby number 3 is on the way! I have an amazingly sweet and talented husband, Rich, who laughs with me when things get crazy around here, and who supports my need to take pictures all.the.time. I love taking pictures... though I am certainly no photographer, not even close. I love to blog. It's my way of recording life as it happens. I love to exercise (I can't believe those words are coming out of my mouth!) I love, love, love spending time with my family, and I love a girl's night out every so often! Whoa, that's a lot of love.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Mormon Church. I really took the knowledge I had as a member of the Church for granted for most of my growing up years. For me, my spirituality had two major growing periods. The first was when I began college and moved away from home. I was the one to decide whether I would continue to live the values I had been taught. It wasn't really a hard decision for me, but it was a decision nonetheless. Living the Gospel has always just made me "feel right". So I decided to continue along that path. Being responsible for myself made my testimony grow. It grows by doing. If I want a testimony of tithing... I pay it. If I want a testimony of the scriptures... I read them. I was in a good place. The 2nd period of major growth started in August of 2009. My sweet dad, my hero, was diagnosed with Mesothelioma cancer... the kind you get from exposure to asbestos. He was given 10-16 months to live. The bottom dropped out of my world. I had to ask myself a hard question. "How strong is my testimony?" Because now, it was real. Now, I was going to have someone I adored on the other side. Did I truly believe the Gospel to be true? Did I KNOW it was? Could I find peace in my testimony? And so I began my work. I read, I studied, I prayed like I never had before. I served with all my might. I stayed up till 3 in the morning so many nights... crying, praying, studying... and listening. Reaching out to the Lord for the answers and the confirmation I so desperately needed to feel peace. Again and again I was given answers. In the quiet darkness of my closet, as I cried until no tears were left... I felt indescribable peace and love. I was with my sweet dad, holding his hand as he passed December 21, 2010. As heartwrenching as it was... it was the most spiritual experience I've ever had in my life. I cannot express the "safe" feeling I have in my heart, knowing that families are forever through the Gospel. My faith is unshakable.

How I live my faith

Living the LDS faith is deeply intertwined with service. Service is how we show our love for the Lord and for each other. It is also how the Lord answers some of our prayers and shows his love for us. I have had many opportunities to serve in the Church. I've taught the youth in different Sunday School classes from ages 6 to 18. I've helped in the nursery. I served the women in our ward for over two years, doing home visits, visiting the sick, bringing them flowers and cards on their birthday, and teaching Sunday lessons. Right now, I am serving as a visiting teacher to many different women who have become my dear friends. This means that I become a part of their lives. I call them, email them, visit them in their home. I am their friend. I make sure they're doing ok. I am there for them when they're happy, and when they're sad. If they or anyone in their family is sick... I take in meals, clean their house... whatever needs to be done. I give them a spiritual message at least once every month. I remember their birthdays or other important days/events in their life. Basically, everything you would expect a good friend to do. Most of all, I love them. I pray for them. I pray to the Lord that I may be an instrument in his hands in the lives of those I serve. I also have the opportunity of calling other visiting teachers to offer my help in their endeavors. Visiting teachers usually consist of two "teachers" who visit/take care of another gal (or 2 or 3) in the Church. When one of the teachers is sick or otherwise can't make it... I am happy to offer my help in her stead. I love the visiting teaching program of the Church! I feel that I am able to be an "angel" or and answer to prayers in the livers of the girls I visit. And I get visiting teaches too! I always feel looked after and taken care of, and loved... and that is what the program was designed to do. It creates synergy, strengthens faith and provides strong bonds of friendship.