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Hi I'm Christy

I'm a mom, I'm a writer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a military family so I grew up moving all over the country every few years. I think that sparked my love of travel, and I love to see new places whenever I get the chance. I studied journalism and education in college and worked for several years in the publishing industry and teaching college. Now since I've had kids, I'm able to do some freelance writing and online teaching while being a stay-at-home mom. In my free time, I enjoy throwing parties (especially themed parties), celebrating holidays, and training for triathlons and other running and cycling races.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was taught about the church from the time I was very young, during my teenage years, I wanted to know for myself whether or not I truly believed the things I had been taught. I studied the Book of Mormon for several months, and as I finished it, I prayed to ask God if it was true and if I should continue as a member of the church. As I finished my prayer, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and happiness. I felt that God was telling me that everything I had been taught was true. Since then, I have received that witness several times again, assuring me that what I believe is true. I know that the Book of Mormon and the teachings of the gospel have helped me persevere during hard times. Every time I get discouraged, I pick up the Book of Mormon and after reading a few pages I feel that sense of calmness and security. I know it is a true book and that it is God's way of guiding and comforting me.

How I live my faith

I feel that the most important way I can live my faith is by being an example of a Christ-like person to everyone I meet. I try to be a friend to my neighbors and look for ways to serve them. I enjoy getting to know people and being their friend. I also try to be an example to my children and teach them how to respect others and treat people with kindness. I also try to focus on the positive and show gratitude to both God and those around me for the good things that I have and that happen in my life. I currently teach the 11-year-old children in our church. I love to help them learn stories from the scriptures and teach them how they can apply those stories in their own lives.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

All members of the church are not required to serve a mission. However, young men are strongly encouraged to serve a 2-year mission when they are 19 years old. Young women may go if they choose when they are 21. I chose to serve a mission when I was 23. I served in Mendoza, Argentina for 18 months. It was one of the highlights of my life. I grew to love the people and the culture of Argentina and I enjoyed sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with them. Older married couples are also encouraged to serve missions with their spouses. I plan on serving another mission with my husband after we retire. Show more Show less