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Hi I'm Kristi

I'm a Mom. I was paralysed in a car accident when I was 17. I was never supposed to walk again. I DO. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was 17 I was in a terrible car accident. I was not expected to live as I was air evac'd from our local hospital in Northern AZ to Barrows Neuroligical in Phoenix. I had 8 broken ribs, 2 collapsed lungs, broken collarbone and ankle, lacerated liver, kidney and spleen. I also had a massive stroke on the right side of my brian from my head being thrown back so far and severing the coratid artery which then clotted off. I was told I would never walk again or regain any strength on that side. This was an injury that hadn't happened before so I was a "test case". Through a series of many miracles and many incredible priesthood blessings I relearned to walk, graduated from High School, served a mission and married in the temple. I also have 4 beautiful children (something I was originally told I would never be able to do). I know that part of the reason I am still here and that my life was spared was so that I could share the message that our Savior lives. He still loves us and is mindful of our lives. Miracles still happen - the Priesthood of God is here on the earth! I know my life is a miracle and I am so grateful for that! My life is not perfect - I have a lot of pain and a lot of health issues, but it is good. So very good! I am thankful to be able to be here and helping in any small way with the work of the Lord!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that my Savior lives. I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I know he helped restore the church to the earth as well as the Priesthood of God. My heart and my soul rejoice in my God and in my Savior. I would do anything to show my gratitude for them and for all the many blessing in my and my families lives. For a while after my accident I was sure that no man could love me enough to marry me with all my halth problems and the chance that I may never be able to have children. I was blessed to find a wonderul man who can see past the here and now and into eternity. We know that someday I will have a perfect and pain free body. I look forward to that day! Meanwhile we are so thankful for the precious children we have been blessed with! I am so thankful for the blessings of an eternal family!!! I know that no matter what happens, as long as we live the best lives we can we will be together forever!

How I live my faith

Right now I work with the Young Women in my ward. It is an incredible and beautiful experience. I learn so much from them! It is sometimes hard to leave my own precious children for activities - but I know when I do I am able to bless the lives of others, as they bless mine. I love the oppurtunity to visit sisters in my ward and help them in any way that I am able. I am especially grateful in an increasingly selfish world to be able to teach my children how to serve and help others. Also, by helping others they learn how truly blessed we are as a family.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

For me I know my family helps and strengthens me in ways that no one else could. As I lay in the hospital for months my Mom was by my side nearly every waking moment. My Father and younger brother were there often as were so many other family members. I drew from their strength and leaned on them heavily for support and comfort. My Mother had to help her 17 year old daughter shower, learn to crawl, learn to dress, learn to feed herself etc... I cannot imagine how hard that was for her, yet I never saw her cry. She was so strong for me and I know now she was relying wholy on our Savior to hold her up. My father was in the Stake presidency when my accident happened and he tooka lot of time away from his business and his important calling to be with me at a hospital 3 hours from our home. He lifted me spiritually and literally. He pushed me to work hard and to do the things the Dr's said I couldn't do. He seems to have a view of the "big picture" in life that helps him to see what others can't. My Dad is one of my greatest hero's. My younger brother is the reason I decided to live. I knew I needed to be here for him. I couldn't imagine the pain my not living might cause him and so even though I knew it meant pain and hard times I chose to live. I married an incredible man who truly embodies all the best aspects of my Father, younger brother, and Mom. I cannot imagine life without him and our precious children. My family is my greatest source of happiness! Show more Show less