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Hi I'm Christine

I have a sweet husband, 6 children, two step children and 13 grandchidren. I love to waterski & be outside. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah until I was 14 years old at which time my family moved to the Northwest where I learned to waterski and what it was like to be in the minority. My favorite subjects in school, besides boys, were math, and the performing arts (drama, dance, music, choir and piano). I have done a lot of moving since then. I have lived from one coast to the other and many points in between, including two years of college in Hawaii and living in England for two years. I have enjoyed traveling around the world and finding that people, especially those in the LDS church are basically the same where ever you go, they just speak a different language. Besides pictures, I collect rocks, shells, stamps and spoons from my travels. Even as a grandmother I still love to waterski, hike, camp, and fish with my husband, most anything outside. I also like to work out in the gym. However I also love the occasional cruise where you get to be pampered. I am a do-it-your-selffer. I started as a teenager fixing the plumbing when my Dad was away on a business trip. I do most anything though I am not an expert at anything. I have laid carpet, built shelves, installed new counter tops and sinks, even put in a garbage disposal including the wiring for the switch. My husband helps with his braun. We just finished our biggest project, converting our garage into a "Man Cave" so now I have a living room. It didn't sound like it would be that big of a job but boy were we surprised.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church and always believed what my parents taught me but since I did not put any sincere effort into finding out for myself if the church was true I found it hard to always avoid temptations as my faith was not extreamely strong. However there comes a time in everyone's life when you have to know for yourself. You can't always lean on someone elses faith. It has been such with me. My faith has grown step by step as I have put the teachings to the test and sincerely desired to know for myself. I had my first spiritual experience when I was away from home at college. I had just started dating a boy that was not an active Mormon and one Sunday he tried to get me to skip church, so much so that he refused to walk me back to campus. I was not 100% sure how to get back but I left and managed to find my way back. That day while sitting in church I received my first direct undeniable witness from the spirit that this is where God wanted me. If I had not been where I was supposed to be I would have missed out on that special experience. Several years later, as I was meeting with missionsaries from our church and supposedly a couple interested in hearing more about our church but who turned out to be anti Mormons and were just interested in convincing us of our folly, I understood that I needed to strengthen my faith. I started reading the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, for the third time but this time really wanting to understand and know for myself if this book was also the word of God as the Bible is. I did receive a witness as I sincerely studied it that it was the word of God. Each time I have lived a principle of The Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have gained a testimony of that principle. I still slip at times so I am grateful for my testimony of Jesus Christ and the knowledge that he paid for our sins so if we will repent we can still return to live with our Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

Currently on Sunday during part of the meeting time I take care of the little children 18 months to 3 years old so their parents can either teach classes or attend classes. This is one of my favorite things to do. I am a grandmother but many of my grandchildren live a long ways away so I do not get to play with my own grandchildren often but every Sunday I get to "play" grandma and play with and love the little ones in our church. Children are so precious and cute I cannot get enough of them. During the time that I am watching them we have a little lesson and singing time to help prepare them for when they are old enough to go to a class. While I was raising my 6 children and an occasional foster child or even family, I was a stay at home Mom for 30 years during which time I did a lot of volunteer work. Besides serving in my church in many different ways, including teaching Sunday School to President of the Women's organization and Girls Camp Director, I served on the PTA's substance abuse committee and also one year as the PTA President at the Junior High. I was a Den Mother with the Cub Scouts and also a Girl Scout leader for several years. As I have worked with and learned to love others of different faiths or even no faith, I have learned that though we may have different ideas of how to do things or even what is best we all had the best of intentions and wanted what was best for the children. We hear so much of what is wrong with the world on the news but there is still so much good in the world and all you have to do is go out and get involved in some service and you will meet countless others of many different faiths who are wonderful God loving people. I have had to go to work full time now and I miss not being able to do as much volunteer work as I used to. My husband was just laid off so we are not sure what our future holds but one thing I know. It does not matter what happens to us in this life, it is only how we handle it that matters.