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Hi I'm Kirsten.

I grew up in Southern California. I'm the only child of German parents, a black belt, a mother of 5 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother of 5. I met my husband at BYU. I got married pretty young. I was only 19, but I finished college even though it took me 7 years and I had 3 kids 3 and under by the time I was done. I'm pretty athletic in the sense that I can play a variety of sports and hold my own. I wasn't always athletic though. I was the tall, gangly, shy girl, everyone thought was a boy. In high school I got brave enough to try volleyball, basketball and track. I was voted most improved in volleyball, mvp of the Jv basketball team and discovered I can't run to save my life. Then I discovered something I loved with a passion, Karate. I was naturally good. I worked hard and earned my black belt before I left for college. I've tried to maintain my skills even though raising 5 kids and a husband has limited my time. I teach the occasional self-defense class to the young women of our church and community and have fun wrestling my boys to the ground every once in a while. The two things that changed my life in my teen years were discovering my talent for karate and joining the LDS church. When my kids were all younger in elementary school, I loved to volunteer at school, play and read with my kids and do activities that keep my body and mind healthy and active. I love to road cycle, read classic books, serve my community through humanitarian and church activities. Being an only child, I've loved being a mom. That's been the hardest and best part of anything I've done.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon, because in 5th grade I met a girl, who was kind and seemed different from a lot of other kids. She didn't tease me or bully me even though she was the complete opposite of me. She couldn't do things like have sleepovers on Saturdays or go the mall or movies on Sundays. When we began high school, our parents were concerned about the school in our city. There was a lot of drug and gang activity. They ended up deciding we should go to a school in a different city. Alana, my friend, then told me about Seminary. It was an early morning church class that she would go to from 9th - 12th grade. She invited me to go with her and because my mom left for work at 6 am she could drop us off at the church and afterwards, we could walk to school. So I went to seminary. Before that I went to a Catholic church. I took my first communion when I was 8, but by the time I was 12 had no interest in going to church. I didn't understand half of what the priest was saying and I didn't get how saying 12 Hail Mary's would get me forgiven. There was also no sense of community. No one seemed to know us or really care about us. That all changed when I started going to seminary. I made friends, who liked me for me. They were good kids. Not perfect, but good. When we started going to church, people seemed to genuinely care about us. No one was pushy or judgmental. We just felt loved and accepted. That year in seminary, we studied Church History. I learned about Joseph Smith, the boy prophet. I learned that Heavenly Father and Jesus were 2 separate, real beings, not just some spirit mass in heaven. I learned that they are kind and loving, that they know me and care about me and that I am a daughter of God. I also learned that Jesus Christ is my Savior and through His atonement I can repent and be forgiven and have the chance to live with Him someday. I also learned that families have the potential to be together forever and it all made sense to me.

How I live my faith

Really living my faith has been a process of growth for me. As soon as I joined the church I actively participated in the youth activities during the week and on Sundays. I learned to pray before I ate my meals and kneel to pray at night, but I would really say it took me a good 17 years to become truly converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to have my motivation for being good and doing good come from my love of my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ rather than fear of punishment. The real conversion didn't happen overnight, but it began in earnest as I began to study my scriptures daily, pray more earnestly and attend the temple regularly. Outwardly, nothing has changed in what I do to demonstrate my faith, but inwardly, everything has changed. I've had lots of opportunities to serve, learn and grow over the years. I've taught kids ranging in age from 5-12 years old in primary. I've taught teenagers in Sunday School and have served in the Young Woman's organization teaching Sunday lessons and planning and carrying out activities designed to help the girls know who they are and who they have the potential to become. I've been in charge of organizing Softball and Volleyball and Girls camp games for over 200 young women. I've taught the women of Relief Society and served as a counselor in the Relief Society Presidency. I love the Gospel and probably the most important demonstration of my faith is how I try to love my fellow man and show that love, by serving and leading by example. The Lord has been very good to me and I want to show my gratitude by sharing His love with my friends and neighbors.