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Hi I'm Crystal Hill

I'm a wife, mother of five, BYU graduate, blogger, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm 36 years old. I got married in the Los Angeles Temple when I was 18 (almost 19) to the Best Man Ever. We had 2 kids (boys) while going to school at Brigham Young University, and I graduated with a BS in Marriage, Family and Human Development. We had 2 more kids (girls) and 7 years later decided to have one more, a baby boy. I am currently a “stay-at-home-mom." Life is pretty crazy (read: out of control) but I love it and wouldn't trade it for anything!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon, and was baptized when I was 8 years old. I started to doubt my faith in the gospel when I was a teenager, but I began reading the Book of Mormon and praying to Heavenly Father to know if the teachings of the Mormon Church were really true. When I did this I felt a warm feeling and the thought came into my mind that God would never leave us on the earth without a way to know what is true, and how to return to him again. I knew that the warm feeling was the Holy Spirit letting me know that this church's teachings are true, and that following them would lead me closer to my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday, I read The Bible and the Book of Mormon, and other scriptures, and I pray to my Heavenly Father each day. I teach my children at home about God's love for them and how to make good choices. I do this by setting a good example for them, reading scriptures such as the Bible and the Book of Mormon with them, and taking opportunities to talk with them. Over the years I have served many different ways in the church. I've worked with the teenagers, the little kids,and the adults. I've been given the opportunity to go out of my comfort zone to teach, testify, edify, serve, and learn from, and get to know the people at church.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Crystal Hill
We don't begin our existence at birth, or even at conception. We are eternal beings who lived as spirits before we received bodies and were born as mortals on this earth. The Lord wants every spirit in the pre-mortal world to have the chance for earth life. This is why often, Mormons tend to have more children than the average family and believe that adoption is a far superior answer to an unwanted pregnancy than abortion. Every one of God's beloved spirits needs a body to progress in their eternal life and receive the ordinances of the gospel. This topic is especially dear to my heart, having given birth to a premature baby who was born before the 6th month, during the second trimester. She was born more than 3 months early, weighing only 1 pound 7 ounces. Seeing her be so fragile, needy, small, and underdeveloped was heart wrenching, but subsequently seeing her grow bigger and stronger by leaps and bounds strengthened my testimony of the sanctity of every life and the resilience of the human body and spirit. As a 6-year-old she is now completely healthy and normal with virtually no residual effects of being born early. To me this is a testament to the divine nature of every one of God's spirit children. How could we, as mere mortals, have the authority to decide that a baby like her, doesn't have the right to a chance at life? We should treat every baby as a special life to be loved, respected, and protected. Show more Show less