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Hi I'm Christin

I've lived my life in Florida, Texas, Idaho, and Arizona. I'm a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a single woman in her early 30's. I have been in school for several years to become a nurse practitioner. For the last four years, I've worked as an RN and am just started my new career. I read magazines, I love to try new and exotic foods, and I love working out. I've done two sprint triathlons, and I hope to do an Olympic one soon. Although that would require swimming in a lake around here!

Why I am a Mormon

There are so many reason why I'm a Mormon. I grew up in the church in an incredible family. My dad joined the church when he and my mom met. Many people would say he joined for her, but he was quite opposed to the idea at first. It was a decision he made after talking with several missionaries, but mostly, after a lot of sincere prayer. He's been attending church for only two years less than I have, and it's been quite an opportunity to grow in the gospel with him. My parents have both been great examples of living the gospel. My dad has been a bishop twice, which means he was called to lead a congregation for few years. My mom has been in charge of the women's organization (the Relief Society), the Young Women, and the Primary. None of the callings in the church are paid, so anything my parents did was out of love for the gospel and for Jesus Christ. They have been huge examples of service by teaching others and reaching out to those in need. They have repeatedly opened our home to those who have had less than us. I know my parents' example of Jesus Christ has been a moving part of my testimony of the gospel. But my testimony is built on many other experiences as well. The power of the Book of Mormon to change lives, the incredible success of a huge church run without pay, and the peace and direction that comes from living the commandments have all reinforced my desire to be Mormon. Many people who have asked why I'm Mormon have heard me say "It just makes sense." It's a church that answers questions about the resurrection, the afterlife, and why we are here on Earth. It seems to clarify so many questions the world has today. But overall, it is the witness of the Holy Ghost, as an undeniable feeling of peace and direction, that I've received time and again throughout my life, testifying that this church is true, that has made me certain this church is where I belong.

How I live my faith

Being a single Mormon in today's world means I live my life a little differently than much of the world. It means I don't drink coffee or alcohol. I am careful with whom I date to hold the high standards of chastity of the church. I spend a lot of time explaining my beliefs. I know it makes me different, but I know the standards of the church help me reach my potential. I go to church every Sunday in a ward just for single members 18-31. There are many wards in our area, and they are quite large. It's incredible to witness just how many youth will attend church for 3 hours every week on their own. The first hour is spent with everyone- similar to a mass or other sermon-, the second hour is Sunday School, and the third hour men and women separate for usually the same lesson. Something I am grateful for as a member of the church is the power of the priesthood. Every worthy male in the church can have the power of God given to him through a blessing. It is to be used only for service, never for self-importance. Every person who has that power in this church can trace it directly back to Jesus Christ, which is important to me. After we are baptized, we also receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, like in 2 Tim 1:6. Even at 8 years old, I felt the power of that experience. Since that time, I have received several blessings of comfort and strength that have witnessed to me of the truth of the gospel and of the power within it. These blessings have helped me through difficult times of my life. I pray daily and try to read the scriptures (or listen to them) each day for guidance and direction through the spirit. As a nurse, I try to be in tune to gentle promptings or feelings that might direct me to care for a patient in a particular way. I know that the Lord has guided my life to where I am today, and I try to live my life daily in a way that will continue to allow Him to direct my path.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Please come to church! There are so many buildings built for Sunday worship that people don't realize they are welcome to attend. Please come, and ask questions. These buildings are open pretty much all day on Sundays. The temple is a place where we perform sacred ceremonies. It is a place of peace and reflection. Were it to be open to the public, some of that quiet peacefulness could be compromised. After a person has been a member for a year and has come to understand the importance of the temple, they receive a recommend to go to the temple whenever they are seeking its blessings. Show more Show less