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Hi I'm Christine

I am the mother of nine children and the grandmother of 16. I'm a teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have nine beautiful grown children, six boys and three girls. Now that my children are on their own I have become a teacher. As the adviser for our student council I really enjoy planning school events as well as helping my junior and senior high students learn and grow in the classroom. I love to sew and do creative things with my hands. I love to sing and enjoy music, and a good 1950's Doris Day movie now and then.

Why I am a Mormon

I love having the gospel of Jesus Christ as a guide in my life. I feel that the blessings my family enjoys, and the happy and successful lives that my children are living are directly a result of following the Savior. The LDS Church has always given us guidelines and direction based on the teachings of Christ in rearing our family. There have been so many youth leaders over the years who have set amazing examples and demonstrated selfless love as they have devoted countless hours to activities and faith promoting and character building experiences for our children. All of my nine children are faithful in the Church and are now giving back that same love and service that they enjoyed, to the next generation. We are a happy family. We choose to get together as much as possible and spend the largest portion of our time together laughing and having fun. We are all very grateful for the knowledge that we have that we will be able to spend eternity together. I know that this is Christ's church. I know that He loves me and loves my family and that His gospel was restored and that His church established in our day for the purpose of making the true happiness that my family enjoys possible. I feel so blessed.

How I live my faith

I have always tried to dedicate my time as much as possible to church service. Even while I was busy for many years raising my nine children, I always spent many hours doing things like being a cub scout leader, or working with young children during Sunday worship time leading the singing, teaching lessons or setting up a nursery. I have done things as varied as hiking the Grand Canyon with youth groups to directing the choir. I have sent seven of my children on full-time missions to South America and the US and while I missed them terribly while they were gone I was thrilled with the growth they experienced and relished every letter. For five years my husband was the Bishop of our congregation and although he was extremely busy, it was a wonderful time for our family and we experienced many sweet blessings. I feel like the Savior is counting on me to be His hands and His arms to love and serve others both in and out of the Church. I recognize that I can never give back anywhere near what I have received. but I will give it my best.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Christine
I appreciate this practice of the Church. I feel that leaders are called through inspiration and serve out of love. I have felt this most pointedly with the experiences my children have had with their leaders. The leaders accept "callings" and then willingly give up significant time especially when they are going to be serving the youth. When young people know that they are being "served" out of love they respond with love and a more receptive attitude. I have seen many times when I feel that the leaders were "inspired" to lead and guide my children. While my husband was the bishop I saw him spend many hours on his knees seeking guidance from above. Things turn out much better when they are done out of love and not for money and that seems to me to be the way the Savior would have it be. Show more Show less