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Hi I'm Christina

I grew up in New Jersey, was raised in the Catholic Church, moved out to California, and LOVE LIFE. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in New Jersey in a traditional Catholic family. I am an only child but have a large, close knit extended family with 20 aunts and uncles and 23 cousins (so far). I received my Bachelor's Degree in Education and Psychology, and taught pre-kindergarten for two years before moving out to California. I love being crafty; decorating, painting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and "Glitter! So much glitter". I have recently grown to love nature; hiking, camping, and taking pretty pictures every step of the way. There are so many BEAUTIFUL things in this world you just have to stop, take a moment, and look around 3

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a conservative Catholic family. I went to private Catholic school where I was taught Christian morals and values. I was strong in my faith; but only because I didn't know anything else, I was sheltered. After grade school the little bubble that I was living in gradually began to burst. My mother re-married (she and my biological father were divorced before I can remember), I attended public high school, my aunt was diagnosed with cancer (she just had her second child) and as she was going through treatments my uncle (her husband) passed away tragically. Slowly my faith dwindled; I rarely attended church and constantly questioned my belief in God (why do bad things happen to good people). It took ten years and another tragedy (my grandfather's death) to get me back in church. However, when I went back to the Catholic Church service I had an overwhelming sense that it wasn't the "right" church (at least for me). So I went online to research other churches, and hopefully find the "right" one. I simply typed "church" into Google, and the very first link was lds.org. I had no clue what this church was and never heard the term "Mormon" (remember I was raised in a bubble). I went onto lds.org and requested a Book of Mormon. Two wonderful missionaries came to my home, talked to me for and bit, and left me with the best present I have ever received, The Book of Mormon. I read and prayed, prayed and read, and was baptized into the church on July 3, 2010. I love this church with all my heart. I love the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon. I love my Heavenly Father. I love my Savior. I love all the missionaries all over the world, and I especially love my missionaries (they will always have a special place in my heart). I love life! And am truly blessed to be a member of this wonderful church.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has changed my life in so many ways. I am happier now then I have ever been. I know how blessed I am to have a firm knowledge of where I am from and where I am going. Daily I try to share that feeling with others. Just a friendly smile a warm "hello" can brighten someone else's day. In one of my favorite talks by President Uchtdorf he quoted Saint Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary, use words.”. I love this! "Actions speak louder than words", "Love thy neighbor as thyself". I consciously try to brighten someone else's day, everyday, and it always seems to brighten my day in the process.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Christina
The temple is my favorite place on earth! I love the feeling i have when I am in the temple (I can even feel it when I simply walk around the perimeter - try it! it's the most peaceful feeling). The temple is a house of God. I grow closer to my Heavenly Father every time i go to the temple. It's a little piece of heaven on earth. i go to escape the outside world and regain some peace and clarity. The temple is also used to help bring us closer to our families here on earth as well as those who have passed on. Show more Show less