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Hi I'm Kristina Fidler

I'm an Alaskan. I'm an amature photographer. I'm a future mother. I'm a student. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I remember the day I was called to take some engagement photos. I was so excited about what I had just done that I scheduled another photo shoot the next day. By the end of the week I bought a new camera and I was materialistacally happy as I ever could have been. My justification for buying it was that it would help me pay for college. By the end of the summer, I had a nice stack of pictures and not much else to my name. Ansel Adams once said something along the lines of, "Sometimes I get to places just as God is ready for someone to click the shutter." It was interesting how my eyes were opened by looking through that little window. Everything around me came into a different light. I was living in Alaska, so everything was gorgeous before. Now, everything, I really mean everything, came into a different focus.

Why I am a Mormon

I was heart broken the day I left that camera behind, but I knew it was for my benefit. I thought I was just an average person. I went to church. Big deal. I went to an LDS school. That's nice. The effect that those two things have on you aren't small. I watched my friends. I grew from their influences. I could feel that they knew something stronger than I did and I leaned on that. Who wouldn't? They were an amazing source of strength for me. Through many small instances, they literally changed my life. Here's how: I was in church one day. I heard the first speaker. The message was on missionary work. He recounted parts of talks given in General Conference. The bits and pieces started to add up. I could feel it. It was in my heart. It was in my body. I could feel it all over me. I knew that this was the Spirit testifying to me that I needed to have a hand in missionary work. I struggled against this. I had plans for my life. I was supposed to go to school, get married, have kids... live happily ever after.... But, I had to know. I had to find out for myself. It wasn't immediate. I had a ton of reasons not to serve a mission. It started sounding like a good idea after a while. I started studying my scriptures harder. I worked harder... ya know, just in case... It was when I put both of my feet forward that I knew. I could feel it. The overwhelming feeling of calm... The peace that Christ talks about in John 14:27. Beyond that, I knew that my Father in Heaven loved me so much that He wanted me to have this experience. Not only did I need this Church, but it needed me. I was called to serve in Italy. I can't ask for a greater miracle in my life, though I do not doubt I have yet to see more. I get to see the miracles happen in other's lives now.

How I live my faith

I am a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am called to serve. I am a builder of the Kingdom of God. My job isn't to see how many people I can pencil in on a sheet of paper at the end of the month for having been baptized. My job is to meet people and to love them. After that, I act on that love. It's a beautiful process really. It takes a sincerely open heart and a ton of help from God. I have to use the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ everyday. There's a lot that goes into this work. I'm young, but I'm not the only one. Thousands of young members of this Church put their life on pause to guarentee that they can see YOU on this earth AND after this life. A friend once told me that missionaries leave their families for a short time to ensure that other families can be together forever. That's what a missionary does.

What is being a Mormon like?

Kristina Fidler
It's an interesting question really. I love my life as is. I love being a Mormon. I get a ton of funny looks and lots of questions. I even find that some people "dislike" me for my beliefs. I realize that my life still isn't perfect. It doesn't have to be. That doesn't come with any church membership. But I like my life as it is. I know about things that will help me through trials. For instance, when my grandmother died, I was sad. Who wouldn't be? But with the influence of the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life, I know that this life isn't the end and that I'll see her again. Another thing I really like about being a Mormon is that I don't have to believe a certain set of beliefs. If I didn't believe in something but really wanted to know, I would be encouraged to pray about it. I can find things out for myself through prayer. So, while my life isn't perfect, I have the knowledge that I'm not alone through my struggles. I have have doctrines and tools and friends to help me through things. Most of all I have the Atonement of Jesus Christ. When He suffered and died for us, it wasn't just for our sins. No. He took upon Him all of the sorrows and burdens of the world. I know that He felt those same pains that I felt when I was missing my grandmother or when I was homesick after having moved for college. I know that there is nothing that He didn't experience personally for me. Show more Show less