Hi I'm Christina
I have a typical life. I've played on school sports teams, I've worked my way up the musicianship ladder, I go to most of my classes and get good grades. I'm currently 19. I've completed my Freshman year of college at BYU Provo as an English major. I am preparing to leave on my mission to Budapest, Hungary and am looking forward to the opportunity of serving those who live there. Although I have yet to live much of my life and learn more about my own religion, I believe that teaching is the best way to learn. (D&C 50:22)
Why I am a Mormon
I'm a Mormon because I've seen the joy it brings to the lives around me. The people who sacrifice everything for this religion are inspirations to me, and I can only hope to gain the strength of testimony and gospel doctrine that they have. There is a reason for this life, and I found it here in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. When my eyes are open to the eternal possibilities, I discover that I am never alone. I don't think I would have the strength to go throughout a cruel life such as this without my Heavenly Father walking beside me, comforting me and encouraging me to take one more step. Growing up in New Jersey with only a single other Mormon in my high school, I have had my own trials in defending my beliefs. Being a Mormon is not the easiest choice, but it is the right one. It is through the trials we have that strength and faith develop. I am a Mormon because it is the truest and best thing I have ever done.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
An innumerable amount of reasons can lead a Mormon to go on a mission. It is true that men are encouraged to go on missions, and women are perfectly welcome to go, too. Many women don't, whether it is because they get married before they reach the age, or they're not financially able to, or for another reason, which is completely acceptable. However, since I was just a little girl, I have planned and yearned to go on a mission. To me, serving a mission is a great sacrifice, which is rewarded with an even greater blessing. You don't have to be a Mormon to appreciate the courage it takes to learn another language, go to a different country, and live only for what you believe for two years of your life. Many of my friends don't understand that; they only see a couple of obnoxious men in suits with name tags knocking on their door. So why do Mormons become those people, despised by so many grumbling, cranky neighbors? Well, mainly, to change those people's lives and opinions on Mormons. There are so many people out there, good people, who live good lives, who want to know why they're living such a life when so many others are living differently. As a missionary, you are provided with the opportunity to bring truth and understanding to the lives of those people, to lift the veil of ignorance from their eyes. A mission can strengthen those around you, as well as yourself. As a missionary, you spend two years or 18 months serving those around you; that can change a person. I have a lot to learn, but I can't wait for the time when I can watch the stirring of the hearts of those I will serve in Hungary.
How I live my faith
Lately, I have been called to play the piano in the Primary. Although a very small contribution to the workings of the Church, I have influenced those around me in what I believe is a good way, and my differences have been recognized and appreciated. As a Mormon living in New Jersey, I can share a part of my life that most people don't know much about or don't understand. That is one of the ways I live my faith, by showing my coworkers and friends that someone like me, basically a kid, can believe something so fully that it becomes a way of life. One of my greatest aims in life is to inspire others and help leave a mark on the world. I want to try my hardest to influence those around me for the better. I can't express my desire to help people enough. I recently got my call to Hungary, and I pray constantly in my heart that I can improve in my weak areas so I can be a benefit to those I will be serving.