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Hi I'm Kirsten

I'm a wife and a mother. I'm an elementary school teacher and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to teach. It's something that comes naturally to me, so I am glad that I can do it everyday. I teach 4th grade and love watching my students grow each day. My hope is that some day, years from now, one of my students will come back and say, "You made a difference." That's why I do what I do. I want to make a difference in someone's life for good. When I am not busy at school, I love to garden in the summer and do yard work. Yes, yard work! I love to cut the grass, trim the bushes, plant the flowers and even weed. I find that I get some relaxing time alone just to think without interruptions. Funny how no one really bothers you when you are working in the yard for fear that they might be asked to help. I don't mind. I find that it is my time to reflect on what matters most to me in life. My best time spent is being with my family. We love game nights and family movie nights where we eat lots of popcorn and stay up late. No matter what we do, as long as we do it together, it's time well spent.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon my whole life. Growing up, I never really questioned my faith. It was just a way of life. As I grew older, I was faced with different decisions and challenges where I found I drew on my faith more and more to get through those hard times. Instead of questioning my religion, my religion strengthened me. I found that the values I had been raised on became anchors for me in what seemed to be a confusing and unfriendly world. When I was 29, I went through a really difficult time in my life. More than anything I wanted to know and feel like I was not alone. One morning, as I was driving to work, I was thinking about how lonely and sad I was. Although I was in my car, I decided that I should pray. As I poured out my soul, I felt this overwhelming feeling of love that I had not experienced before. Tears rolled down my cheeks as I knew what I was feeling was the love of my Heavenly Father. I had always believed that I was a daughter of God, but at that very moment I knew it was true. I knew that he knew me and was completely aware of what I was going through. The feelings that I felt that day were so sweet and tender and still bring tears to my eyes and a feeling that burns in my heart. It is wonderful to know that I am his daughter and that he loves me. Despite all the challenges and heartache that exists in the world today, I know that God has a plan for each of us. He knows us and loves each of us because we are his children. Most importantly, he wants us to return to live with him again someday. I am so grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, who makes it possible for me to repent and be worthy so that one day, I can return home to my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I think I am a pretty average person just trying to be a good person in my family, my job and my community. I go to church every Sunday and for many years have taught songs and lessons to the children at church. I love to serve other people and try to help out anyway I can. For me, living my faith is just a way of life.