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Hi I'm Cristi

I'm a wife, mother, a photographer, singer, an infertility survivor and a small-town girl at heart. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a thirtysomething woman living with Lyme Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis. And I am HAPPY! I have a lot of joy in my life. I grew up in a tiny town in west-central Idaho. I attended college in south-eastern Idaho and in Virginia where I studied Interpersonal Communications and Vocal Performance. I am a wife, a mother, and professional photographer who loves singing, traveling, creating, crafting, interior design, and most of all my very supportive and loving husband and two year old son. My husband and I have had a very happy and blessed marriage. But it took us years before we were able to finally bring children into our family. After a year of trying to conceive, we got pregnant. But it ended in miscarriage six weeks later. At the time, we thought we'd be pregnant again in just a few months. However, months went by. And months turned into years. And before we knew it, we were celebrating our third, fourth and fifth anniversaries - very happily - but still without any babies or children. After another year and a half and two unsuccessful adoption attempts, we were finally able to add to our family when we adopted our beautiful baby boy in 2009. And now, after going through fertility treatments, we are pregnant with our second son. These boys are both absolute miracles! It has not been an "easy" road by any means. But we have continually put our trust and faith in our Heavenly Father and His will for our family. And I know we have been blessed by Him as a result.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by a mother who was a Mormon and a father who was not. I was taught by goodly parents. I knew from a very young age that God is my Father and that He knows me and loves me. When I was 9 years old, my dad took the missionary lessons and a few months later he and I were both baptized into the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints on the same day. One year later, we were sealed together as a family in the temple where we believe our family relationships are made eternal and that they can last not only for this life, but continue after we leave this earth. Soon after, my dad was diagnosed with Cancer. I was 12 years old when he passed away. This was a very crucial point in my life. When many of my friends and peers at school were turning to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with life's challenges, I decided to turn to my Savior, Jesus Christ. I prayed and I felt a powerful witness that I would see my dad again and that he was with me, watching over me. It gave me strength to live my life well and to be a righteous daughter of not only my earthly father, but also my Heavenly Father. I knew that my Savior had died for me and that, because of Him, I could return to live with my family again one day. I knew that His gospel was true and I could not deny it. I knew that I never could. As my own life's challenges have come and gone through the years, I have never doubted or questioned my Heavenly Father's love for me. He has confirmed to me, many times, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true and this is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith isn't just something that I believe. It's not something that I merely live on Sundays. My faith is absolutely who I am. It shapes and defines every aspect of my life. It makes me a better wife and a more loving and patient mother. It is the source of my happiness and joy and I hope that happiness radiates to those around me. I love going to church and worshipping with my fellow brothers and sisters. There is a strength there that renews and uplifts me for the coming week. For the past six years, I have served as a teacher for our church's women's organization in our local ward, or congregation. I love the feeling of unity that comes from women sharing our life's experiences and testimonies with one another. I also have had the opportunity to tour and sing with LDS recording artist Jenny Phillips for the past 9 years. There is a power and a peace that comes through sacred music. As we travel the world and share our testimonies of our Savior, Jesus Christ through song, we are able to bring a light into people's lives that they may not have otherwise felt. I am always humbled at the opportunities we have to meet wonderful people and to learn from their examples of good, righteous, lives being led in extraordinary, yet quiet ways. Most importantly, my faith has made my home a sacred and happy place. There is nowhere else on this earth that I would rather be than with my husband and little boy. As we read scriptures together, pray together, sing together and have family time together, we feel the Spirit of the Lord together. It doesn't matter if my two year old is doing somersaults on the bed while we have our Family Home Evening lessons. It's okay if we are only able to read one verse of scripture together each night because his attention span won't allow for more. I can see in his eyes and know when he folds his arms and bows his little head when we pray that he is feeling the Spirit of our Heavenly Father. And I am grateful.