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Hi I'm Kristy

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Salt Lake. I teach junior high. I love the outdoors.

About Me

I grew up in SLC but was always trying to figure out a way to travel and experience life in different areas. I LOVE to travel. I am a Junior High choir teacher. I am a total people person. I love being out side and trying to new things! I like to read, hike, shop, spend time with my family, and be with people.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of the church. I was the youngest of 5 kids and had awesome parents. Being in Salt Lake I kind of coasted through my adolescent years because in Utah, you can basically be any kind of Mormon. I got to college and realized I needed to figure out for myself if this is what I wanted to live. While I was on study abroad I started going through the process of figuring out what I believe. This was the first time I had truly put my testimony to a test. As I spent those months away from my family and friends, I was able to come to the knowledge that I did believe that living the gospel was the only way I wanted to live. I came back to the US and returned to my studies at the U of U. I began to have the "ridiculous" thoughts that I should serve a mission. This was a complete surprise to me since I was not the 'missionary type." But the feeling never went away. With the surprised and joyful support of my family I was able to serve a mission in Kyiv, Ukraine. It was such an amazing experience and I came back stronger than ever. About two years ago, I dealt with some challenges that were incredibly frustrating for me. Because of the challenges I faced, my faith and belief nearly disappeared. It was a constant battle for me. I knew what I had once believed, but I couldn't believe it. I would hear people sharing their testimony, expressing their beliefs and I couldn't understand how they felt what they did. I finally was able to work through some of my challenges and I started getting my faith back, little by little. I couldn't have done it with out the support of my family. I am still working to strengthen my testimony. I'm so grateful that I held on and didn't give up like I wanted to so many times. I thought it would have been easier just to let go and be done. But I knew what I had once believed, and holding on has led me to be happier than I ever have been.

How I live my faith

I am currently in a ward (congregation) that is made up of young single adults, ages 18 - 30. This kind of ward is uniquely created to meet the needs of single adults in the LDS church. It is a great way to meet people who are in a similar phase of life as you. In my ward I get to work with people who have recently started attending our ward. I make sure they get to meet the various people in leadership positions, and that way, we can know who they are and make sure they feel welcome.