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Hi I'm Crystal

I grew up in Southcentral Los Angeles. I later got a full-ride scholarship to BYU. I am now a Dean of Academics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi. My name is Crystal. I am a working mom with an active four year old daughter and a baby girl on the way. I work as a Dean of Academics for a small college in Southern California. It is a great job. I love inspiring students to continue their education everyday. My educational journey was the most significant accomplishment in my life. I believe very strongly in education and the blessing it brings to the lives of those who pursue and obtain it. Many can change the destiny of their life and their children lives by persisting through and getting an education. Now, as a young mom and a working professional, I find that my vigor for seeing that children gain a solid education. My family is what means most to me. My daughters are 8, 3, and 2. They are swimming, adventure seeking, hula dancing cowgirls. My husband is a End of Life Hospice Social Worker. We are passionate about our jobs and are happy to serve others.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was thirteen years old. Before that, I was a strong Catholic and attended Catholic school. I gained a testimony of Jesus Christ in my grade school years. When we moved from LA to Riverside County, we went to churches in the area but did not feel welcomed. We stopped going to the Catholic church for two years. My mom continued to search for a church. At my brother's high school, while helping out with football games, we came across a family that were like us--very close and hardworking. We were impressed and wanted to know where they went to church. My brother and I were invited to play basketball for the Mormon Youth League and we decided to go. My mother and father went to the games and we got acquainted with the church. After a month, the Elders came to our door and we invited them in to teach us lessons. My mother, brother and I believed in the church nearly right away, but my dad was hesitant. We continued to take lessons and waited for him to come around. Eventually he did, and we were all baptized on June 11, 1995. It was the most special experience. The principle of the gospel that helped us all to understand the truthfulness of this church is that families can be together forever. We are a small family and are very close. We wanted to have assurance that we could be together forever and be together beyond death. This church gave us that. I am so grateful for that family decision and for the chance I have to have my own family know that is also promised to be together forever if I am faithful.

How I live my faith

I am the education specialist for our Stake. Our Stake is a congregation made up of 7,000 members. I am in charge of a small committee that presents our members with information about how to look for opporunities to gain a college education. We have events about financial aid, college applications, college preparation, etc for both youth and adults. We support any and all who want to better their lives through education. This calling is a special calling for me because I am able to use my expertise and help all who may need it.