Hi I'm Cristel
I love boating, playing soccer, painting, and doing hair! I went to beauty school and now attend a university where I'm studying Communications with a minor in Marriage and Family studies. I lOVE the gospel and am preparing to serve a mission! :)
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I have grown up learning about it and have lived it and love it! :) Being a member of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints is the greatest blessing ever!!! Everything it teaches makes me so happy, hopeful, have purpose, and makes sense. I love that we believe in eternal marriage and families and know that there is life after death. I know that by having high standards and good morals is the best way to live. I have seen the difference in my life when I am striving to live the gospel the best I can and when I'm slacking. Everything in life goes sO much better when I am striving to live the gospel and I read the scriptures, pray, go to the temple, and strive to be Christ-like. I KNOW this Church is true otherwise I would not be getting ready to go out and spend a year and a half of my life teaching it to everyone on a mission! I am grateful for the knowledge that I have and the many mANY blessings that pour out in my life from living this gospel and keeping the commandments and staying close to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today, President Thomas S. Monson, and he receives modern-day revelation for us today. I know if we follow the prophet we will not be led astray. I know that if we will each come unto Christ and try out ourselves the principles and commandments the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints teaches we will blessed and will come to know that this Church is true! I have done this and know this for myself and I know that if you will do so with a sincere heart and righteous intentions you will too! :) I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
FAITH is one of the biggest things I have learned from the Savior's teachings and have tried to practice in my life. Faith is what helps me to trust in God and know that He knows all and if I follow His will and plan for me I will be the happiest. I also know that "faith without works is dead" (James 2:20) and that we cannot be saved by faith alone but that we SHOW our faith through our works. By having the faith to try out a commandment and test its truthfulness in our lives demonstrates faith and works which will then increase our faith as we come to know a commandment is true and continue to live it and others. :)
How I live my faith
I LOVE the gospel and I know that true happiness comes not only from the gospel of Jesus Christ but also (and more importantly) from LIVING the gospel of Jesus Christ! :) I actively strive to magnify the various callings I receive in the Church and have received great great blessings from doing so! I recently have been called to be a ward missionary in my young single adult ward and will be contacting and visiting others in our ward boundaries and just being their friend, letting them know and inviting them to fun activities going on in our ward, and to Church if they would like to come. :) This past summer I was an EFY (Especially for Youth) Counselor where I worked at a Church youth camp where youth ages 14-18 come together for a week and have fun social and spiritual experiences! It was a blast for not only me but for the youth as well!! I am sO grateful for the amazing opportunity I had to be an example, teach, and get to know these amazing youth of the Church (and some not members of the Church)! It is amazing to see the strength of the youth in these modern days and to see them living the gospel, having high standards, and letting their light shine! I attended EFY as a participant when I was a youth and LOVED it! It really helped strengthen my testimony and help establish and implement more firmly living the gospel and having high standards in my life! I have continued to strive to do this and be the best I can! I know that through the gospel and Atonement of Jesus Christ I can become the best I can be and do all things! :)