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Hi I'm Kristen

I love to sing. I'm a college student. I'm a hemophiliac. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Ever since fourth grade I've had a love of music and singing. Singing is my passion, and I currently sing in the BYU Women's Chorus. I am currently a sophomore in college and am loving the experience. Although I still have not picked a major, I am leaning towards marketing. I also am a carrier of a bleeding disorder called hemophilia. It causes my blood to not clot correctly. I have been a Mormon my whole life but did not really begin to gain a testimony for myself until around the age of 14. Since then I have grown much spiritually, and I love this gospel. I am a future missionary for the LDS Church-- I leave on December 30 for the Korea Seoul South mission and will serve for 18 months.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many reasons one might think I am a Mormon-- my parents made me, I am bored, I have no other options, etc. This is not true for me. The reason that I am a Mormon is because I have come to know for myself that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Jesus Christ's true church on this earth today. I have gained this knowledge through exercising faith in the Lord's commandments. I have tested out the doctrines and teachings of our church, and the results I have reaped have always been consistent, and good. I have never regretted once choosing to follow the doctrines and teachings of this gospel. I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ and I am so grateful for the fact that they have provided this gospel so that I am able to be a part of it.

How I live my faith

There are many ways I live my faith, but one way I live my faith is through my decision to serve a full time mission. In our church, girls are not required to serve full-time missions, but are allowed to make a choice on if they would like to or not. The age most girls leave on missions is age 19. As a devoted college student with an ambitious plan for my life, and as a socialite who loves to spend time with friends, deciding to serve a mission is a scary thing. It is putting my life on hold for 18 months, leaving my friends, and giving up everything to the Lord. Why did I choose to do it, if it is such a sacrifice? Because I know this church is true. It has blessed my life more than anything else and has brought me more joy than anything else, and I want other people in the world to experience that same great joy. I know that through this gospel, others can attain such things as eternal salvation, and I want everyone to receive that.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No. In our church, no one is technically "required" to do anything! Every commandment is always a choice. In my case, my decision to serve a mission was never something forced upon me by church leaders or members around me. It was a personal decision that required much self reflection. In the end, I did decide that it was something that I wanted to do. We are not tangibly rewarded for our work. We are not paid to give up our everything for 18 months to 2 years. We simply volunteer our time and efforts to serve the Lord because we desire to share the gospel with all around us, and to bless their lives with the gospel as it as blessed our lives. Show more Show less