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Hi I'm Kristina

I am a writer. I love turbo kickboxing and weight lifting. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in South Carolina, a seventh generation Southern Mormon. I was the only Mormon in my high school. Going to BYU for college was culture shock! Now I live in Colorado with my husband and two shiba inu dogs. I'm almost done with my MFA in Creative Writing. I hope to become a published author one day in young adult literature. I love cycling, snowboarding, weight lifting, and turbo kickboxing. I also love home decor. I want my home to be beautiful and to inspire me. I have been married for 4 years. I play the piano and love music of all kinds ... except country. Two years ago I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It was a scary diagnosis, but it explained so much of the pain and confusion I've felt in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, but I had to make a decision to stay a member. Being the only member in my high school made me extremely visible. Daily I was faced with questions--both sincere and ridiculous--about the Church and I had to defend my religion every day. I could've avoided the questions and denied it all, but I knew in my heart it was true. I don't remember "one moment" where I was converted. It was a life long journey that continues today. I love the Gospel for the joy and peace it brings to my life. There are times when I am literally crazy, because of my mental illness. At those times, sometimes the only thing I am aware of is my Savior and His love for me. It's enough for me to hold one at least a little longer, at least until I feel sane again. The Gospel gives me the knowledge that one day I will be resurrected with a whole body and sound mind. To know that gives me the strength to continue on, even during the toughest times. To know that one day I won't have to worry about paranoia, or mood instability, or hallucinations ... it's a blessing in and of itself. The Gospel is the only place where I receive that peace. His peace.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day. I recently quit my job but every day I was surrounded by non-members and I tried to live so that, after knowing me, they might have a better opinion of the Church. I didn't always think about the perception of non-Mormons as a teen, but I do now. In my church community, aka ward, I teach Sunday School and play piano for the women's meeting. I love both service opportunities. They have brought me closer to my fellow Church members and given me a greater understanding of the Lord's teachings. I also visit four sisters in the ward every month. The program creates strong bonds within the sisters of our ward. We have a lot of pregnancies/births in our ward (lots of young married couples!) and I try to always sign up to take meals to the families. It's a small act for me, but I've made some great friendships through it. I believe that strong bonds within the Church can help so much when our trials become hard. We know we have friends to turn to, who help lift us up and remind us of God's love.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are amazing! I sometimes joke that it's almost a matriarchal society. Not because women have more importance than men, but because Mormon women are of the Can Do mind set. Men in the Church respect and love women. They treat their wives with respect and honor. We work together to do God's will, raise children, organize events for the church. It baffles me that so many think that the Church is misogynistic. That couldn't be further from the truth! Show more Show less