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Hi I'm Crystal

I am a college student that grew up in the wonderful state of Idaho, USA. I want to be an Event Planner. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I left my schooling to serve the Lord for a 18 months. When I return to school I will be a senior in college studying History. I personally love learning about ancient Middle Eastern History. My favorite place to travel to is Turkey. The country is beautiful and the people are very kind. In my free time I love to read, do color guard, spend time with friends and family, and be outdoors. Books are my passion. I really enjoy fantasy and historical fiction. For several years I wanted to be a librarian. I still want to have my own personal library when I have a home of my own. I also hope to buy myself a flag and rifle set, when I get enough money. That way I can practice Color Guard whenever I want. For those who don't know what Color Guard is, I mean the people with the flag during the half time shows at football games. The rest of my free time is spent with my family and friends, playing games, going on bike rides, doing whatever we feel like.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I choose to be. I love this gospel and the people in it. They are my family. I know that this is the true church of God. I would not want to be anything else. The doctrines are pure and simple. They just makes sense. The Holy Ghost has told me of the truthfulness of the words when I read the Book of Mormon and the Bible. Most of all, I am happy. I have been through a few hard times in my life but the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its people, and most importantly a loving Heavenly Father have pulled me through.

How I live my faith

I am a full time missionary. Women of the Chrurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-dat Saints can serve full time missions when they turn 19. I will serve the Lord and help people to come unto Christ for 18 months in Richmond, VA. On my mission I speak Spanish and I love it. It is such a beautiful language. God has blessed me greatly because I did not know Spanish before leaving on my mission. I love Jesus and Heavenly Father. They have done so much for me; I want to bring other people the joy I feel from my relationship with them. I try to be a good friend and neighbor and to love everyone as Jesus loves them. I do my best to be an example of Christ in all things that I do. I strive to live my life as if Jesus and Heavenly Father were there watching me. I want to feel comfortable in their presence.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Crystal
The Book of Mormon is the word of God to the people who were living on the American continent. The Bible and the Book of Mormon go hand in hand. Jesus said"... in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established." (St. Matthew 18:16) The Bible is one witness and the Book of Mormon is the second witness. In my experience the biggest difference between the Bible and the Book of Mormon is in how clearly the teachings are stated. The Bible tends to teach through stories, poetry, and history. The Book of Mormon explains the stories it presents. The explanation will usually start with "And thus we see," or something similar to it. Joseph Smith was given the Book of Mormon by the power of God. The authors of the Book of Mormon engraved the words onto gold plates. Moroni, the author of the last part of the Book of Mormon, came to Joseph Smith as a heavenly messenger and told of him of the plates and where to find them. Joseph Smith went to the spot where he found the plates, on the Hill Cumorah in Upstate New York, once a year for the next four years. In September 1827 Moroni gave the plates to Joseph with the command to translate them. Which he did to the blessing of millions of people, myself included. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Crystal
We are Christians. Our whole faith in based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. We believe that he is the Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer. We are encouraged to develop a personal relationship with Him. Our church is also named after Him, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There is a saying that a religion teacher I once had said all the time and I have come to love it. "No body trumps Jesus." (Eric Huntsman) I whole heartily agree. Show more Show less