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Hi I'm Kristie

I am a wife, mother, and online student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I were married in the Alberta Temple and have two children. Our family has lived in southern Alberta, central Alberta, and we now live in southern California. I am a stay-at-home mother and love to learn about healthful eating and the impact it has on our bodies. I learned to love 18th century literature when my children were toddlers. My favorite author to date is Charles Dickens. Over the last 4 years I have been an online university student. Since I only take one or two classes at a time I plan on graduating when my youngest child graduates from high school. In the summer our family loves to go on vacation. In the winter we enjoy snowboarding together. In the future I would love to take cello and art lessons.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church since I was born. My parents joined the church as young adults before they were married. I remember as a young girl feeling "at home" in my heart every time I went to church. One experience, in particular, taught me how to recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost early in my life. It was Christmastime and my parents invited several families over for a Christmas Eve program of singing, activities, and to act out the nativity. I was about 5 or 6 years old and was singing "Away in a Manger" with several other children. During the musical number I felt an overwhelming sense of joy and happiness and I started to cry. I rushed to my mother and buried my head in her apron overcome with my emotions. When she asked what the matter was I said, "I don't know, I'm just so happy!" She later explained that I was feeling the Holy Spirit. Even though I don't always feel an overwhelming rush of emotion when the Holy Ghost is guiding me, I recognize the spiritual feelings of happiness and peace and know they are from Heavenly Father. I also remember being in high school and having to make a definite decision whether I wanted to continue following the gospel of Jesus Christ or not. Many of my acquaintances started experimenting with substance abuse, immorality, and rebellion. As I contemplated my situation I realized that this decision really came down to whether I would chose my Savior Jesus Christ or my peers. Around this time I went to the church's Young Women summer camp. I am forever grateful for the spiritual upliftment I felt there. During that camp an undeniable personal conviction was planted in my heart that Heavenly Father loves me and was intimately aware of my trials. I determined from that time forth to always chose Him, knowing that His way was the only sure path to happiness, safety, and fulfillment in life. My life hasn't always been easy, but it has been filled with purpose knowing that God is my guide, protector, and joy.

How I live my faith

The way I live my faith is pretty simple. I pray to my Heavenly Father every morning to thank Him for my blessings and ask for continued guidance and direction. I also read a chapter in the Book of Mormon before I begin my day. I think of Heavenly Father and Jesus frequently and will even offer little prayers throughout the day. I love knowing that at any time of the day or night I can reach out to my Heavenly Father and he is ready and waiting to hear from me. Every night I say my prayers before going to bed. I will discuss my day, my hopes and desires, the trials I'm facing, or griefs of my heart. I also give thanks for my blessings, repent of anything I did wrong, and ask for peace and protection through the night. Prayer and scripture study are spiritual anchors in my life. Over the last few years I have been teaching a class of 10 to 12 year old girls at church. I love this age group and delight in sharing my testimony of gospel principles with them. They are bright, happy, energetic girls who love the scriptures and actively participate in class. At home we gather as a family to read from the Book of Mormon every evening. We also have daily family prayer. On Monday evenings we hold "Family Home Evening" where we teach and discuss a gospel principle with our children, address any questions or concerns they may have, we pray together, play together, sometimes sing together, and we always end the evening with a delicious treat. Trying to live my life in harmony with the gospel of Jesus Christ helps me in so many ways. I am able to make more of an effort to overcome jealousy, pride, anger, selfishness, and every other weakness that seems to sneak into my life. I have hope and faith that through my Savior Jesus Christ and His atonement I can overcome these negative parts of my personality and in time become what He wants me to be. Change and progress go hand-in-hand when the Lord is on your side!