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Hi I'm Kristin Gardiner

I love Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Kristin, and I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the best thing in my life. I am a student, outdoor lover, workout junkie and other things, but most importantly, I am a daughter of God and a disciple of Jesus Christ. Much more than temporal identities, this is how I define myself. I just recently returned from Seoul, Korea where I served as a missionary for 18 months. While I was there, I proclaimed to my brothers and sisters that Jesus Christ's original gospel has been restored to the earth. I experienced more love and miracles than I ever have before. Because of this experience, my trust in the Savior and His miraculous Atonement has increased tenfold. Through Christ, we truly can overcome any negative thing in our lives. I know He lives and loves us!!!!!!!! I will forever testify of Him!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I read the Book of Mormon, prayed to Heavenly Father asking if it was true, and received an answer through the power of the Holy Ghost that it is the word of God. I am a Mormon because the teachings of Jesus Christ fill my life with hope and purpose.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church each Sunday. Each week I renew my baptismal covenants by partaking of the Holy sacrament. This is a beautiful opportunity for me to reflect on ways to better myself. I love making promises with the Lord; I am never alone in my efforts to keep these promises, He helps me every step of the way. I also live my faith by striving daily to keep the Lord's commandments. The choice to do so has brought me so many blessings!!!

What is being a Mormon like?

Kristin Gardiner
Many people think that being a Mormon is very strict and holds people back from experiencing all that life has to offer. However, I know that it is the exact opposite. In The Book of Mormon, an ancient governor named Pahoran tells us that the spirit of God is the spirit of freedom. (Alma 61:15) I know this principle to be true. The things of the world bind us with feelings of guilt, sorrow, envy, hatred, doubt, judgment, chaos, and confusion. The things of God bring peace, contentment, happiness, joy, satisfaction, clarity, and love. Through family relationships, The Book of Mormon, communication with a loving Father in Heaven, repentance, baptism, church attendance, and making sacred promises in God's holy temple, I have experienced these feelings of freedom. Being a Mormon is not just something I do, it is who I am! Mormonism is not just another church or organization, it is a lifestyle. This lifestyle has provided me with clarity, purpose, value, and direction. I will forever proclaim the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! It is Christ's true church upon the earth. It is the pathway to true joy in this life and the life to come! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Kristin Gardiner
Through baptism, we show our faith in Jesus Christ. We show our dedication to Him and His plan for us. By entering into the waters of baptism, we are acting upon our desire to repent and become a new creature in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17) When we are baptized, we make covenants, or promises, with Heavenly Father. We promise to stand as witnesses of Jesus Christ, always remember Him, and keep His commandments. I was baptized when I was 8 years old. (Before the age of 8, we aren't held accountable for our sins--D&C 137:10, D&C 68:27.) I remember feeling happy and clean. I received the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. After receiving these ordinances, I didn't notice an immediate change in my life. But as I look back, I have realized that every good thing in my life has come from making baptismal covenants with Heavenly Father. There were, and still are, an endless number of opportunities to make bad choices and follow the wrong path. However, it was these sacred priesthood covenants in which provided me motivation and determination to follow Jesus Christ and be obedient to His commandments. They have kept me safe and happy in an increasingly wicked world. Baptism is the gate to all blessings. If one wishes to receive eternal life and all that the Father has, he or she can do so by being baptized and keeping their covenants. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Kristin Gardiner
Mormons know the family to be the central unit of Heavenly Father's plan. Everything we do within the church is to strengthen families. Through Jesus Christ's gospel, our families can enjoy an increasing abudance of joy, peace, safety, and love. Every ordiance we perform and every covenant we make is connected to the reality of eternal families. Through our family relationships, we can receive strength and light in order to overcome the challenges of the world. We know that the home can be a safe harbor from the ever increasing darkness and wickedness of the carnal world. The family is the perfect setting in which to learn, teach, and apply everlasting gospel truths. Because we have earthly parents, we can better understand the relationship that we can have with our Father in Heaven. Also, because we can have children, we can better understand the unconditional love that our Father in Heaven has for us. We know that by raising our children in the truth and security of Jesus Christ's gospel, we are providing them with a firm foundation for the rest of their lives. My family is the single most important thing in my life! I love knowing that because of Jesus Christ, I can live with them eternally in God's perfect and glorious Heavenly Kingdom!!!! Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Kristin Gardiner
The First Vision is Joseph Smith's account of seeing God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. When Joseph Smith was 14 years old, he was confused about religion and wanted to know which church to join. One day he was reading the Bible and came across a verse that left a great impression upon his heart and mind. "If any of ye lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him" (James 1:5.) After pondering upon this verse, Joseph decided to apply it to His life and current situation. He decided to ask of God--to inquire which church God wanted him to join. Joseph woke up early one morning and went to a grove of trees near his home. There in the quiet and peace of the grove, he knelt down in humble prayer. He vocally expressed the feelings and questions of his heart to his Father in Heaven. Of this experience he records, "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other--This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" In this moment, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph and told him that Christ's original and full gospel needed to be restored to the earth through a prophet. Joseph Smith was then called to be the prophet. Show more Show less