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Hi I'm Kristen

I was born and raised in SE Idaho and now live in Denver. I love to smile and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to my wonderful loving husband for 23 years and we 5 wonderful children. Our oldest son is leaving soon to go to Edmonton, Canada and serve the Lord as a missionary for two years. He is 21 and very excited to bring the light of the gospel to those who real happiness in their lives. I won't have any contact with him for that time other than emails and letters, but I have great confidence that while he is in the service of our Lord, he will be blessed and taken care of. Our oldest daughter is away attending BYUI and loves it there. She appreciates being surrounded by other students that share her love of the gospel. We have a son who is a senior in high school this year and a daughter in middle school and one son who passed away when he was only two months old. I was raised in a home where the Gospel of Jesus Christ was taught and lived. As I grew up I tried to live the principles I learned, and follow the examples I saw. Everytime I lived a principle, I was blessed. This is a pattern that has continued in my life. I am constantly learning more about Christ's teachings, applying them in my life, and experiencing the results - strength to do hard things, peace, personal growth and happiness. Really, the bottom line is, the gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy.

Why I am a Mormon

We as Mormons believe that families can be together forever by being sealed in temples. My husband and I were married and sealed in the Idaho Falls, Idaho temple. By living the gospel, I believe that I can live with my Heavenly Father again someday, and my family will be with me. The Plan of Happiness (or also known as the Plan of Salvation) is the plan that God created for us to be able to return to live with Him and our families forever if we obey His commandments. Because of the knowledge of this plan I know that I will see those in my family who have passed on, and that death is a part of God's plan for us. The death of our son was unexpected and shocking, but knowing that we are all sealed together brings us great peace and comfort. We know where we are going to go after this life and I know that he is in a wonderful place waiting for the rest of our family to all be together again.

How I live my faith

I serve wherever I am asked at church and in the community. I enjoy getting to know all my neighbors and regularly plan get togethers with all of them. We attend church for three hours every Sunday and love it. Even our kids enjoy church, really! At church I teach and play with some of the 18 month old children so their parents have the opportunity to be spiritually fed. I love being able to do this small service knowing that others have done the same for me when my kids were small. I also sing in the choir. Sunday is our family day. Our kids tell their friends that they don't attend activities, parties, or participate in sports on Sunday because we like Sunday to be different than every other day of the week. Each month I visit three ladies from our congregation and share a gospel message with them and see if I can help them in any way. I try to introduce myself and get to know everyone new that I see at church and let them know they have a friend in me. I try to be an example of the believers in everything that I do. My main focus each day is trying to have a Christ centered home. I want to protect myself and my family from negative influences that try to tear us apart. Every morning before my son leaves for an early morning seminary class (which he loves!), we gather together as a family to pray and study the scriptures. Each night we also have a family prayer and our own individual prayers. We have SO much to be thankful for and kids away from our family that I pray for everyday. These simple things bring a greater spirit of peace to our home and to our hearts, and fortify us against the storms of the world outside.