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Hi I'm Christina Richards

I am a mom of two. I love to sing. I love opera. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a proud mother of two beautiful children. They have blessed my life in ways I’m sure I don’t even fully understand. Those kids, along with my husband, are my whole world. I recently graduated from college where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance. I love singing all styles of music, but I especially grew to love singing opera as I furthered my education. Now I am a voice teacher, and I love that line of work. It gives me an opportunity to use my talents and acquired skills without interfering with my sacred role as a mother. I aspire to involve myself in local operatic productions eventually. Another goal in my pocket is expanding my talents in writing music. I have done some composing, but I want to develop that ability more fully. Beyond the musical side of me, I love to travel. I spent a semester abroad in Vienna, Austria a few years ago and that experience changed my life. It opened my eyes to the beautiful diversity of God’s children, and the richness of culture in other lands. I love seeing the architecture, art, custom, and geographic wonders of the world. One of the things I love the most is seeing the Church of Jesus Christ wherever I go. It is the same gospel in Phoenix, Arizona that it is in Florence, Italy. No matter where I go, I know that there are people close to me who know the gospel as I do, and live their lives the same way I live mine.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a faithful Latter Day Saint family. My parents taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ at an early age through scripture study, frequent conversations on Christ-centered topics, and weekly attendance at church. As a young girl, I always believed that what my parents taught me was true. However, as I grew to young adulthood, it became necessary for me develop my own feelings about the things I had been taught. I needed to gain a personal witness that the Book of Mormon is true, that Christ atoned for me, that I have a loving Heavenly Father and Mother, that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of the Lord, and that Christ’s church is established on the earth today. For me, it was not one spiritual experience, but a multitude of spiritual experiences that led to the firm conviction I have today that these things are true. One such experience I had the summer after my junior year of high school. I had been reading the Book of Mormon to know for myself, that it is true. I finished reading it, and that night I knelt in prayer for a further witness. I prayed to my Father in Heaven, and I asked him if what I felt all summer as I read was from Him. I asked if it was all true: Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, the Sunday services I had been attending my whole life, all of it. I testify to you with all the fervor of my soul that my Father in Heaven spoke to my heart that night and confirmed to me that it is true. After this experience, and many others like it, I know, and I will never deny that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God’s church. Christ lives. God the Father lives. They know us. They love us. They want us to return to live with them forever and receive a fullness of joy in their presence. The Book of Mormon is true... I know it is. I testify of this, and do so in Christ’s sacred name.

How I live my faith

I go to church every week and have the privilege of teaching gospel-centered music to the children in our congregation. We sing about Christ, about how to live a righteous life, and about the plain and precious truths of the gospel. I try to live my life according to the principles I am taught at church, through the scriptures, and by our living prophet. I hope that my faith is evident to those with whom I associate. I am thankful for the peace that this gospel brings to my life and for the joy I feel as I live by its teachings.