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Hi I'm Kristy

I grew up in Utah but have been a Texan for almost 13 years. I'm a stay at home mom of 4 kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah which is where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is headquartered. I have been a member of the church my entire life. Most of my family have been members for generations. I have been married to my husband for almost 18 years and we have 4 children: 3 boys and 1 one girl. We have lived in Texas for almost 13 years: in Houston, Austin and now San Antonio. I love the warm weather of Texas and don't miss the cold of Utah! I am a stay at home mom and keep busy doing the day to day things that keep a household running and keep busy attending and helping out with my children's activities. I am a dance mom, a band mom, a wrestling mom and a scout mom. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, reading, cooking, watching movies and TV and just spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church so I have been a member my entire life. I have had experiences and have felt the spirit and knew that this church is true. I gained a testimony of this church when I was in high school. I grew up attending church with my Mom and my sister but many of my other family members were not members or they were members but didn't attend often. It was through good friends in high school that I felt the spirit by spending time in their families homes and knew this was something I wanted for my future family. I chose to get married in the temple even with the opposition of several family members and glad I chose to so I can be with my family forever even after this life. I have stayed active in the church and my 4 children are all being raised in the church. I have seen choices made by family members that do not attend church and see that their lives are not that happy as a result of the choices they've made. Our lives are not perfect but having the church in our life has helped us to make the right choices and to teach our children to do what is right and our life is happy despite lots of normal challenges. One thing I love about the church is that I know no matter where I live, there will be many church members willing to greet me with open arms and help me out in time of need. I have moved to many different places and I am grateful I have that instant church family no matter where I might move to. Several years ago, we were new in an area and one of my sons came down with appendicitis and had to have emergency surgery and he ended up in ICU for 3 days. I was so grateful to have members of the church there to help me out with childcare, meals and other things while my son spent 10 days in the hospital. If it wasn't for them we wouldn't have had anyone else to turn to since we were new to the area with no family around. I'm grateful to have the church to help me out in time of need.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in my ward as the ward librarian. The library in our church is where members come to get supplies to teach their classes and I help keep it organized and give them the things they need to teach. I visit teach 4 women in the ward. Visiting teaching is where we visit other women in their homes and get to know them and their needs and to help them out in time of need. I'm grateful for visiting teaching because it gives me opportunities to get to know women in the ward better that I otherwise wouldn't know. I also live my faith by studying the scriptures and teaching them to my children and attending church on Sundays and other church activities. One thing many non members know about me is I will not participate in things that are not church related on Sunday. This can sometimes be a struggle especially with some of the activities my children are involved in but I know we are blessed for doing what is right. For example my daughter has been doing dance competitions for several years and a lot of them are held on Sundays but my daughter has never participated in Sunday dance practices or competitions, yet has won several dance competitions. I believe it's because she is blessed for choosing the right. Our Heavenly Father has asked us to keep the Sabbath Day holy and I believe we will be blessed for doing so.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Kristy
We attend church for 3 hours on Sundays. We attend Sacrament meeting for the first 70 minutes. This is where families all attend together and children are welcome in the meeting. We sing hymns, listen to other members speak and partake of the Sacrament which is bread and water that has been blessed by Priesthood holders. The bread and water represent the body and blood of Christ and we are asked to sit quietly and reflect on Christ and what he has done for us during this time. The next meeting for adults and children age 12 and up is Sunday school. This meeting lasts about 40 minutes. The adults typically attend one class and then there are several different classes for the 12-17 year olds. The last meetings are Relief Society which is for women ages 18 and older and Priesthood meetings for men and boys ages 12 and older. Girls ages 12-17 attend Young Women meetings during this time. These meetings last about 50 minutes. For children ages 3-11 there are Primary meetings for the remainder of the time following Sacrament meeting. There is a nursery available for children age 18 months to 3 years for the remainder of the time following Sacrament meeting. Yes visitors are certainly welcome! Show more Show less