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Hi I'm Crystal

I grew up in South Carolina. I am a student at BYU-Idaho majoring in English, Creative Writing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy reading books in my spare time. One of my greatest loves is music. Growing up, my father was the choir director at church and he would get us all around the piano to sing as a family. Each member of my family plays at least one instrument. There are nine children in the family, so we have the equivalent of a small band. I play french horn and piano. I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and swimming. I am a junior in college. I hope to be an editor when I finish school and play music on the side.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all of my life. I have always felt good about belonging to the church. However, I can remember when I first read the Book of Mormon all the way through. I was twelve years old and had just gotten back from a Youth Camp for Girls. My church leaders had challenged us to read the Book of Mormon when we got home. The stories in this book of scripture touched my heart. When I got to the end, I read the promise of Moroni, a prophet who was the last writer of the Book of Mormon. He tells us that if we read the Book of Mormon and pray to God to know that it is true, we will receive a testimony. I took the challenge and felt the Spirit strongly for the first time in my life. Before, I had always felt at peace about my religion, but did not have a strong testimony.

How I live my faith

I try my best to participate and help out in church as much as I can. Back in South Carolina, I had several assignments from my Bishop. My first was teaching the primary age children. I enjoyed helping the children learn about God and Jesus Christ. I have also helped the missionaries in my area teach people about our Church. It is amazing to me to see how a person's life can change for the better when they learn about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. In Idaho, I have been a choir director. This was one of my favorite callings because I got to help others express their love of music and for the Lord. For my current assignment, I am one of three women in charge of the other women in my area. We make sure that everyone is included in church, that they are taken care of if sick or lonely, and help organize opportunities of service in the community.