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Hi I'm Crystal Jean Friedli

I'm a disciple of Jesus Christ.

About Me

I am the 'First Generation' in my family to join this wonderful church and I love the temple. I have been married to my husband since September 2001 and I am a mother of five children; two girls and three boys. I love the outdoors and animals, especially horses and dogs. I studied Natural Resources and Wildlife Management at Utah State University and Oregon State University. I have also worked as a Corrections Officer in Tucson, Arizona and Spokane, Washington and served in the Washington and Idaho Air National Guard for a short time. Someday I hope to own some land where we can continue to raise our family and work hard, enjoying the beauty of the world and the people around us.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I reached a time in my life, at about 17, when I was searching for answers to questions that I had. At the time I didn't expect to find any of these answers in religion and I was not looking there. Because I was searching for the truth and humble the Lord guided me to attend college at Utah State University. I had only applied to colleges on the East Coast but at the last minute my guidance counselor introduced me to a special program at Utah State for out of state students. I felt that it was the right thing to do, even though I did not have any spiritual feelings about the decision. At the time I had never even really been to church. When I arrived at college that first week I felt right at home. It was the oddest feeling for me. I had never visited the school and had no family beyond the Mississippi. At USU, I had a friend from Florida. She started talking with the Mormon Missionaries and asked me if I would go with her so she did not have to go by herself. I was very reluctant but I went to 3 appointments with her. At each meeting I insisted that I was only there for support and did not want to answer any questions. It was after the third meeting that I decided I wanted to start over on my own and really pay attention. The teachings were answering a lot of questions that I had but didn't really put into words. The things that I was learning were so simple and easy to understand. The Plan of Happiness made sense. I knew that the true church would not take money from its members to pay a preacher to support his family. I read the Book of Mormon and knew that it was true before I even finished 2 Nephi. Because I was willing to listen a door was opened for me that changed my life. I am so grateful that The Lord trusted me and gave me the opportunity to learn of him and to enjoy the blessings of the gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by giving service through visiting teaching and always following the promptings of the spirit, searching for my ancestors in family history research, and going to the Temple to perform the saving ordinances of the gospel. I love visiting teaching. I have not always been a good visiting teacher but I now understand how important it is. It is a divine calling for all women and brings many people blessings. I recently learned that the missionaries are the "teachers" and we are the "finders". The most important thing that I learned about Visiting Teaching is that it is critical to be active and aware of the needs of those around us. People preparing to be baptized, recently baptized, preparing to go to the temple, or that have recently been to the temple are in the most danger from Satan's destructive methods. Visiting teachers can be there to keep others strong when they are unaware of the dangers waiting for them. Visiting teachers are the "finders" of the lost sheep when no one else is there to help them. They are also the greatest strength in protecting and building the family.