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Hi I'm Kristen

I grew up in Washington. I am a student at BYU studying physiology and developmental biology. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a liberal, democrat Mormon. I am a college student studying physiology and developmental biology. I hope to be obtaining a MS in a few years then going on to medical school. I did tramp and tumbling (a form of gymnastics) for quite a few years, but now I am training for half and full marathons. I absolutely love reading, CS Lewis is becoming one of my new favorites. I also really enjoy Sylvia Plath's poetry and her unabridged journal. I currently am working as an undergrad research assistant studying cancer and cell adhesion. I have attempted painting and drawing, but my feeble attempts leave disfigured cartoon characters rather than glorious beings... So, giving up my sad attempts at artistry, I have tried my hand at writing--currently, working on a "fictional autobiography." I love school, learning, friends, frisbee, peanut butter, serving others, eating, running, cuddling up by the fire with a book and normal things that lots of people enjoy.

Why I am a Mormon

In the LDS culture, it is common to call those who have been baptized after the age of 8 "converts," whereas those who were born "into the covenant" are simply seen as members. My parents were both members when I was born (my mother was a convert before my parents got married) so I was born into the covenant and I was baptized when I was eight. My testimony of the church was kinda always there growing up, I never questioned anything because I never needed to. When I was 15 however, I watched one of my friends drown. I watched her body get pulled out of the water. I watched as people tried to breathe life back into her limp body. I watched vomit spill out of the corner of her lips. I watched her mother and sister scream at others to "save her." I watched as nothing helped. I watched her die. I immediately started praying to God the Father--He must answer my prayer; He must save her. But my will did not align with God's will that day and I lost her. From that moment on, I stopped believing entirely in prayer. Eventually, I stopped believing in God all together. When I left for college I was still certain that God didn't exist. And then, I was converted to the church. I had a lot of miracles placed in my path, a lot of angels to help me and to show me the real purpose of prayer (see Elder Scott's talk "The Supernal Power of Prayer). From these experiences I have opened myself up to God again, and to letting him back into my life. After my change of heart, I have learned so much about this gospel and its truth that has truly brought joy to my life and a sense of purpose I was lacking for so long. I am a Mormon because I know God loves me. I know He listens to me. I know that He would never leave us on earth without support through modern day revelation. And I know, this is what makes me the happiest.

How I live my faith

I participate in the LDS church through something called visiting teaching. Each woman in the ward is given a companion. Together, you teach a few other women in the ward (I teach two). What we do is every month we stop by, give them a quick lesson about the gospel, ask them how their life is going, chit-chat/form a friendship then ask if there is anything we can do to help. By doing this, we are creating bonds between the women in the ward, so if anyone needs anything they have a friend they can call up. Another reason why this is such a special opportunity is because it puts you together with people you wouldn't normally know and it gives you an excuse to spend time with them. I love visiting teaching because it makes sure nobody is left behind or forgotten. Everyone is loved. Everyone is included.