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Hi I'm Kristin

I grew up in Idaho in a family with 9 kids, 8 of them girls. I'm a wife and a Registered Dietitian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Washington state and shortly after my family moved to Idaho. I grew up in Idaho in a large family of 9 children, 8 of which are girls. I studied dietetics at Brigham Young University. I took a break from that education to serve a mission for the LDS church in Houston, Texas where I also learned Spanish. Upon returning, I finished my degree and moved to Arizona to do graduate work. Shortly after moving to Arizona I met my husband and we were married 6 months later. I finished my Master's in nutrition and now work as a registered dietitian. Apart from my love for nutrition, I love to be outdoors and to be active. I love to play sports, especially basketball.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been one to obey the rules, and I feel guilty whenever I disappoint anyone. I am hardworking and motivated to constantly be learning something new. I grew up attending the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's church every Sunday. My family was very active in the church and my parents have very strong testimonies of its truthfulness. As a teenager, I began to doubt the church and had questions. Most of my questions were centered around Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. I wondered if Joseph Smith was really a prophet or if he was a fake who created this church that is leading people astray. I did have a testimony of Heavenly Father and I trusted that He would never lead me astray. I wanted to do His will. After pondering on this for several months, I decided that I would ask Heavenly Father what to do. I decided that I would follow that direction no matter what it was, even if it meant leaving the church that my family loved and disappointing my parents. With faith that I would get an answer and a determination to follow Heavenly Father's guidance I knelt down in the privacy of my bedroom and prayed with all my heart to know if the church I had grown up attending was the true church of Jesus Christ. I began to have thoughts, flashbacks, of times in my life when I had felt the Spirit testify to me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. Several thoughts and memories passed through my mind and then a voice that said, "You always knew it was true." Since that time I have never doubted that the Church is the true church of Jesus Christ. Whenever I do something related to my religion - attending church services, reading the Book of Mormon or Bible, participating in social activities, listening to leaders in the Church - I always look for the prompting from the Spirit that it is true. Those promptings help me to stay on the path back to Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in the church with my husband as teachers in the nursery. We have children in our class who are 1.5 to 3 years old. We play with them, teach them simple gospel principles, sing with them, and finish it all up with bubble time. I also visit 3 women each month. I have a companion who accompanies me. We visit these women one at a time to share a gospel message with them and to chat about what is going on in their lives. We try to make sure that their needs - both temporal and spiritual - are met and that they are progressing in the gospel. I likewise have women come visit me. This circle of care is called visiting teaching. It is a great way for me to love and serve others.