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Hi I'm Christina

I am a happy wife, mother of 4 and a grandmother of 15. I love my life and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up back east and never had a Mormon friend until I went to BYU. BYU was a beautiful place and I majored in Art and minored in Horticulture. Before I graduated I took 2 years off school and went on a Mission to The Northern Indian Mission. I taught among the Crow's in Hardin, Montana, the Sioux's in Poplar and the Northern Cheyenne in Lame Deer. It was hard but great. After I graduated in 1970 from BYU I moved to Arizona. I worked for 2 years and met my husband who just graduated from CSU in Veterinary Medicine. He started his large animal practice and also we started our family. We had our 4 children our first 5 years of our marriage. Yes, we were very busy. The next 20 years were filled with diapers, Dr. Appt's, school, scouts, cooking meals, gardening, sewing, cleaning house and Church service. It was great. Our 3 sons served missions. One went to Kobe, Japan, one went to Puebla, Mexico and the third went to Sofia, Bulgaria. Our daughter and 3 sons have all married in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. We now have 15 grandchildren and see them all often. We thought about serving a mission and finally everything came together for this to happen. My husband is retiring and we have been called to the Ghana, Kumasi Mission. We are presently working in the Mesa, Arizona Temple as ordinance workers. The last thing we want to do is move into a retirement area. We love children and families. It keeps us young and happy.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors on both sides of my family were pioneers. They all joined the Church in Europe and migrated to America and then crossed the plains in wagons. Both of my parents were born and raised in Salt Lake but when they married they moved back east and became inactive in the Church. The Church was not part of my life growing up. When I was a senior in high school I found a Book of Mormon at home. The word "Mormon" was in the title and I thought maybe it would tell me about the Church and what we believe. It was the most beautiful book I had ever read. There were parts that I would read and reread. At the end of the book is a challenge by the Prophet Moroni to pray about it to know the truthfulness of it, but I all ready knew it was true. If the Book of Mormon is true, Joseph Smith's story is true and the Church is true. I have clung to the Church my whole adult life. The Book of Mormon is all about Christ. His life and mission. It gives the account of Christ visiting the American Continent after He was crucified in Jerusalem. If we keep His commandments, we will be blessed with happiness and peace because we can be made clean through His atoning sacrifice. Mormon's are Christians. I have come to know the goodness of Christ and want to have Him apart of my life always.

How I live my faith

My husband and I love the Scriptures and we get up every morning at 5:30 to read together. We finished the Old Testament. It took a couple of years but we were happy to have read it all. We love to pay tithing. There are great blessings attached to paying tithing. We have been very blessed. Even when we were first married and money was a little tight at times, we always had what we needed. Clothes last longer, appliances work longer, and even gas goes further. There are many ways the Lord blesses us. We work in the Mesa Temple. We believe all our blessings should be given to everyone. In the Temple we act as proxy for those who have lived on the earth without the opportunity to receive ordinances that need to be done on earth. For example, baptism. We research our ancestors and if they have not been baptized we take their name and are baptized in their place. I know of no other Church that does this. It is mentioned in the Bible that they did baptisms for the dead. It is a great work and a privilege. The Church is perfectly organized. I am a visiting teacher. That means in our womens organization, The Relief Society, we are assigned 2 or 3 women to visit at least once a month to check on them and see if there is anything we can help them with. We all love and care for each other. I know if ever I have a problem I can call on my visiting teachers to help. I believe this is the true meaning of the Church to love and care for each other. We try to follow the example of Christ and love and serve. Every Sunday we go to Church and partake of the Sacrament. Each week we are trying to repent of our mistakes and take on ourselves the name of Christ. To keep His commandments so we can have His spirit to be with us. The more I practice my faith the more I know the Church is true.