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Hi I'm Kristie

I grew up in Utah, am a Labor & Delivery Nurse, have two goofy dogs, and married the love of my life, Jeff! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in South Jordan, UT, then moved to St. George, Utah to attend school at Dixie State College of Utah. I met my husband during my freshman year of college, and we were married in June 2007. I was studying to become a Registered Nurse, and graduated in December 2009 as an RN. Since then, we have moved several times for my husband's rigorous schooling! He is currently in graduate school to become a Pharmacist, and I myself work as a Labor & Delivery nurse. Do I love what I do? ABSOLUTELY! :) My hobbies include playing with my dogs (and taking them for long walks), gardening and working in the yard, playing the piano, basketball, vamping up old furniture and decorating, designing crafts and flower arrangements, shopping, photography, and spending time with my family and friends. We love visiting our family who is far away, and I know they like visiting us as well! We are huge football fans in my family, and my husband played some college football. Thus, you will never see my husband missing a BYU or UTAH football game.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a proud member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! I have always had the gospel in my life, because I was blessed with parents who taught me early on the importance of faith, hope, and charity, as well as a love for Jesus Christ and his teachings. Also, it became apparent to me at an early age what joy we had in knowing that we have a living Prophet on this earth, who gives us guidance through times of great difficulty. There was a time period early on in my adolescent years in which I neglected my testimony of the church, and altogether stopped wanting to believe. This was in part because of being the oldest child, rebellious, and wanting to be my own person! But, because I have such wonderful parents, and a dad who is my hero, this time period did not last long. One year, the LDS church decided to dedicate a beautiful program to the amazing Prophet who helped restore the gospel to the earth, Joseph Smith. It was called "Praise to the Man", and our church members had been working very hard on the musical numbers for this program. I was asked to play the piano during this song, and remember very strongly how the words to this song as well as many others flowed through my heart, and burned into me the knowledge of just how amazing the gospel has been in my life. On the night of the performance, tens of thousands of LDS people gathered into the football stadium in Utah to sing together praises, and I had tears running down my face. I have never stopped believing in this beautiful gospel since that time, and have a sure testimony that Jesus is the Christ, and our brother. He suffered for our sins, so that one day, we might be perfect and return to live with Him and our Father in Heaven. I have a sure knowledge of eternal families, and am full of joy knowing that we can be with the ones we love FOREVER! I am so blessed to be LDS, and want the world to know!

How I live my faith

My husband and I work with the small children ages 18 months-3 years in our ward! On the Sundays that we are available, we will watch the children and play with them, so that their families can attend meetings, teach, or fulfill their individual callings. We also teach the kids many different lessons at this age to help them to one day become faithful members of the church. Some of our lessons taught include honesty, love, learning to be like Jesus, serving our friends and family, and many other simple principles that are easy to comprehend at this age, but will become very valuable as they continue to grow and learn. I have always loved kids, and find great joy in working with them and getting to know every personality! Also, on occasion, I will help out with musical numbers as I have played the piano all of my life. We love working with the missionaries, and enjoy teaming up with them to help our neighbors, or friends in the community that may be struggling and in need of a strengthening message.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Kristie
Tithing is a very difficult concept for many to understand that are learning about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have friends who think it is absurd that 10% of every paycheck is donated to the church, without question or regard to financial status at the time. But honestly, our Heavenly Father is the creator of the Heavens and the Earth, and has given us everything we could have ever dreamed of and more! So money is of no importance to him. It is the concept that with all He has given to us, He has asked that we only give back 10%, demonstrating that we have enough faith to know that it will not be missed. The money donated is used to help provide clothing, shelter, and food to those in need. It is used to help missionaries that cannot afford to serve, but have a strong desire to do so. It is used to help build churches and temples in places that otherwise would be without. I have a strong testimony of tithing, because 2 weeks after we were married, a butcher knife fell on my foot. At the time, I was the bread winner making $7.25/hr. while my husband had a full-ride scholarship in football. Not only did I lose my job for 2 months, but Jeff had to go to school full-time, work full-time, and play football. Also, we received a $15,000 bill for the surgery needed to repair my tendons. But, because we were faithful in paying our tithing from the little he was making, the entire hospital bill was written off (minus $50, an miracle), and we made it through! Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Kristie
When I was in my first year of college, I had attended an institute class where the Professor talked about how there was once a pornography store located just outside of [that] city where I was going to school. He said that at first, people protested and complained about the dirty sight of it in the local papers. It was a persistent complaint from hundreds of people, but the store would not budge. The point of the story, he explained was that it took those same hundreds of people literally CAMPING outside of the front doors with signs for numerous days before the store was finally shut down; needless to say, their voices were heard! LIke Gordon B. Hinckley, the late Prophet of the LDS church said, we cannot be shrill with our voices, and need to be strong and valiant in our efforts to end such a terrible practice that destroys families! My husband says that when he was studying one day on campus in the computer lab, he got on the internet to check his e-mails, and noticed that a man at a local computer was looking at Pornography in the general public! He says that at the time he was so frustrated, he just walked away to another computer; now, looking back, he wishes that he would have approached him and spoke for the majority of uncomfortable individuals in the room! Pornography is so dangerous, and this I have a testimony of, having known a family member with this addiction. I encourage anybody and EVERYBODY to take a stand against pornography, and do it with conviction! Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Kristie
I believe that self reliance is something that should be important to everyone! My parents taught me at a very young age that life is unpredictable, and we are not invincible. No matter how healthy, wealthy, or wise you may be, bad things can happen to good people. I remember telling my dad when I was young that I wanted to marry a rich man, so that I wouldn't ever have to work, and could sit in a love-sac all day eating junk food! But, as funny as this concept was at the time, me being so young and naive, it posed the simple question: well, what if your rich husband died and left all the money to his cats? I started laughing, but this concept has made sense. We need to be prepared for all things to come, whether it be job loss, injury, mental injury, family loss, natural disaster, man-made disaster, or any other threat that stands in the way of ruining our self confidence and trust. If we perform a task to the best of our doing, we are able to honor the hard work performed, and understand the value in earning rather than having things handed to us on a silver platter. This means that it is much easier to get in a fender-bender in the parking lot when you didn't pay for the car, than it is when YOU saved the $13,000 to purchase it over a long period of 5 years. The biggest problem with society is that people are now expecting rights to be given to them for no work in return, and it is threatening this beautiful country which is built on freedom. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Kristie
I believe that the family is the most sacred and precious unit that ever was, and ever will be. Family is the whole purpose of this life, and the life of which is to come. Knowing we have family is knowing that we belong somewhere, to something, and THAT some-thing is so much bigger than we ever could have imagined. Honestly, I look back on my life at all of the friendships that I have made, and all of the people I have met and come in contact with. But throughout thick and thin, my family has always been there for me. They are there when I am wearing my ugliest pair of sweat pants and haven't showered in a day, as well as hold my hand when I'm going through a difficult time in my life. Family is the one thing that doesn't care how trendy, smart, pretty, significant, or important you are to the world; to them, you are always important because family is a team. The cutest family moved into our ward recently, and I remember their oldest son talking about how their famly had a team name, as well as a team captain! "Together, we make Team ---, and we can do anything together!" (this little boy announced one Sunday). I feel so incredibly blessed to know that I am sealed for all eternity to my family, and that we can be together even after this life has come to an end. I love my family more than anything money could buy, more than anything in the universe, and can't wait to spend forever with them! Show more Show less