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Hi I'm Chris

I grew up in the SF Bay Area and converted to the church when I was 17. I love Jesus Christ with all my heart!

About Me

I was born in Redwood City, California (about 20 miles south of San Francisco.) I moved to Provo, Utah when I was 17 and a year a later was blessed to meet and marry my husband, Michael. We spent most of our married life in Provo, Utah. In 2010 Michael was offered a job promotion that brought us to Sacramento, CA area for a few years. While raising our family, I was fortunate to work from home. For 10+ years, I had the wonderful opportunity to work for Donny Osmond running his fan club with my friend, Pat Dresbach and later for his brother, Alan Osmond as webmaster for Osmond.com. I loved the opportunities these jobs allowed for me to share the Gospel with others. ♥ We have two sons, Brayden and Kellen. Our son Kellen recently married Talysa Toone in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They live in Utah. Our son Brayden (who isn’t married yet) lives and works in Austin Texas. It’s strange for me to live away from my children but my husband and I are really enjoying the “Empty Nest” phase of our life! :-) Hobbies: I've loved genealogy since I was a teenager. Many of our ancestors came to El Dorado County, CA and San Francisco. Just a few of the names I research are Creed, Frawley, Koster, Wootten, Hogan and Allen. I also enjoy photography. Twitter, reading. and I have a website called homeandholidays.com.

Why I am a Mormon

My family wasn’t religious at all. As a teenager, I saw my life headed in the wrong direction and I wanted something different from what I was surrounded by. I investigated several churches but none felt right. When I was 17, I contacted the LDS missionaries. I was a fan of the Osmond Family and admired their values. I knew almost instantly that the church was true and I was baptized a few months later. The Gospel felt like "home" to me. It was the first time in my life that everything made sense. I love the church. I am so thankful for the knowledge that my family is eternal.

How I live my faith

For me, being a member of the Mormon Church is about giving back. It's not just a Sunday church. The church is part of my daily life. In a sense, your ward becomes part of your family. And, like a family, you care for one another. You pray for each other, you pitch into help when help is needed. Former president of the church, Spencer W. Kimball said "God does watch over us and does notice us, but it usually through someone else that he meets our needs.” This is what the Gospel teaches and it's how I strive to live. I struggle with trials. I am so far from being perfect but with the Gospel and the knowledge it brings. I know I don't have to do it alone. I always have my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is my beacon of hope.