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Hi I'm Christi

I'm a singer/songwriter, wife, mother, Clinical Psychologist, writer, speaker, non-profit Founder, and...I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In 2007 my sister and brother-in-law died when I was eight months pregnant with our fourth. My husband, OJ, and I inherited our two nephews, I gave birth, and we went from 3 to 6 children practically overnight. As a Clinical Psychologist specializing in Women's Emotional Health, Postpartum Wellness, Parenting, and Grief & Loss, I was uniquely prepared for the challenges our family has faced. It hasn't been easy but the boys are now adopted, our family is complete, and we've learned how to not only overcome but how to become and even flourish despite the twists that life may bring. I know my life's purpose: to teach others how to overcome, become and flourish too. Mostly I'm a stay-at-home mom teaching my four sons and two daughters but I'm also a speaker, songwriter, singer, non-profit Founder, practicing psychologist, and soon to be author of my memoir, "This is How We Grow." My motto? "Learn all you can. Then teach." I have been given a voice and seek to use that voice to connect with others and share the things I have learned so far--that we are never alone, that we are more loved than we know, that we can grow through life's challenges, and that we are made for joy! In the words of a favorite quote, "Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely" (Karen Kaiser Clark). What will your choice be?

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was raised a Mormon, that's not why I'm a Mormon today. I am a Mormon today because over the course of my life I have searched, prayed for, and gained a testimony that Jesus Christ lives and that He loves me and you. I know that His ministry did not end with His death and that it continues on the earth today. I am a Mormon because I have studied, pondered, and prayed about the Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon. I know these to be the word of God, to be a testimony of Jesus Christ, and that reading them will bring a soul nearer to God than any other books. Mostly I am a Mormon because countless times I have received answers through the power of the Holy Ghost that have built my relationship with Jesus Christ and confirmed that this is His true church on the earth today. I cannot deny what I know to be true. And I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints contains the fullness of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. This gospel fills me with light, joy, and a burning desire to help others know what I know and feel what I feel.

How I live my faith

Because I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, I seek to emulate His life and His works. I mess up all the time, but I get back up and keep trying to make choices that draw me nearer to God each day. I serve in the church as a Visiting Teacher, where I get to visit incredible women each month and build them up. I also serve as an instructor for the women of the church and learn more from them than I teach. Outside the church I run a non-profit organization that serves pregnant and postpartum women and families, I facilitate a weekly pregnancy and postpartum support group, and I'm a volunteer with Postpartum Support international. I provide therapy services for women and couples and speak often on emotional health, strengthening mothers, fathers, and couples, and protecting families. I support two women in impoverished countries through Women for Women International, and I am currently helping a woman wrongfully imprisoned in my state of AZ. I live my faith by striving to "love my neighbor as myself". We each have a spark of the divine within us. I believe it's my call to help others find that spark within themselves.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Christi
Where do I begin? When we are in tune with the gift of the Holy Ghost we receive divine guidance, promptings, and whisperings that can direct each step of our lives. Learning to hear and obey the whispers of the Holy Ghost is one of the most important principles of the church, for as we heed the counsel of the Holy Ghost we are blessed with personal power--power to know the answers to all the questions of life including who we are, why we are here, and where we are going. And power to obey those whisperings, blessing our life with greater peace, prosperity, and joy. Show more Show less