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Hi I'm Christie

I'm an avid reader, a stay-at-home-mom, an accountant, an amateur cook, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an avid reader. My favorite books include the Brothers Karamazov, Silas Marner, Distant Land of My Father, and almost any cookbook. I love to look through cookbooks, especially vintage ones. Food Network is my favorite channel on TV. I have a masters in accounting but I'm not currently working in my profession. Instead, I am living my dream to be a stay at home mom. Unlike most women, I hate shopping but I do love going to the grocery store. Orange is my favorite color. I'm one of the few people I know who does NOT have a fear of public speaking. I love being around people.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't become a Mormon until I was 13. My mom was non-practicing Mormon and my dad was non-practicing Methodist. We considered ourselves Methodists but tried attending several different churches. My mom decided to take us to the Mormon church, and my brother and I threw a fit. We'd heard Mormons were weird and even worse, had three hours of church on Sunday! Somehow my mom convinced us to give it a try and was only going to make us attend for two of the three hours. I realized pretty quickly that Mormons weren't as weird as I thought and was even surprised to see kids I knew from school there. After attending church for a couple of years, we met with the missionaries. Most people by then didn't even know that my brother and I weren't baptized members. The missionaries challenged us to read the Book of Mormon and then pray to ask God if it is true. After I read and prayed, I felt a peace and calm in my heart. I knew that was His way of testifying of the book's truth to me. Then the missionaries asked if we would be baptized. I told them no, not until I prayed about that too. I was convinced, even though I believed in the Book of Mormon, that Heavenly Father did NOT want me to be baptized a Mormon. I prayed about it anyway. I remember getting up from my knees and just knowing in my heart that He did want me to be baptized after all. Again, I felt peace and a warmth inside that I knew could only come from God. So I was baptized. My understanding of His Gospel has grown so much since then. But even now, especially during difficult times, I rely on the testimony I gained at age 13. I remember what I felt when I read the Book of Mormon, and I still know that it is true.

How I live my faith

I feel like the most important thing I can do to show my faith is to love and serve others. I try to be a good friend and neighbor, but I also try to be a good wife, sister, and daughter. Some days it's easier than others! During those hard days, I pray for a little extra patience and love. I was feeling frustrated with my job but didn't know what to do. After lots of long talks with my husband and just as many long prayers with my Heavenly Father, I decided to leave my job. My husband was supportive, but I was nervous about making such a seemingly rash decision. The very next day my local church leader, called a bishop, contacted me about serving a part time service mission. I readily accepted. As a part time missionary, I serve the hungry and needy. Through offerings of the members of the church, we are able to provide food to Mormons as well as members of the community. I love knowing that I'm providing the hands Heavenly Fathers needs to feed His children.

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

Christie
I love that we can provide for the poor and needy. I also love that we believe in self reliance. Welfare services isn't just about giving food or clothing; it's also about providing skills and resources to help people meet their own temporal needs. We feed the soul as well as the body. Show more Show less