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Hi I'm Chrisann Justice

I grew up in South and Central America and now I live at the top of the world in Barrow, Alaska. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single mother of five children. I love getting to know people from all over the world. I believe we each have a life story to tell and unique view points that come from our personal experiences. I find my own view points enriched as I get to know and understand others. One of the greatest things my parents gave me was a very unique and enriching childhood. My father was born and raised on a farm in Indiana. My mother was raised in rural Kentucky but they both chose a life of service and adventure in Latin America. The experiences I gained by living in so many different countries and getting to know so many different people shaped me into the person I am. I was deeply affected by all of the poverty I saw and felt that I needed to live my life in such a way as to show my gratitude for the blessings that I had been given. I was deeply affected by the effects of the lack of opportunities for education and from that grew to believe that teaching others is one of the best gifts I can give. One of the many lessons I learned had to do with the value of languages. There is a wealth of knowledge and a unique voice of expression found in each language. I currently work with the Native people of Alaska to help them in the preservation on their heritage languages. It is a great honor and privilege. In doing so I am fulfilling my dreams of learning about and helping other people as I share my talents as best as I can.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when I was three years old.They had searched for the truth for many years and often expressed their gratitude for finding the gospel. Just as I saw so many people suffer because of poverty or lack of educational opportunities, I saw people that suffered because of the doctrines they were taught by their church. I witnessed how much pain was caused by the belief that infants that died without baptism would not go to heaven, or that God would send people to hell simply for not having had the opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ. These, plus other examples, helped me appreciate and even treasure the knowledge that I had of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ that my parents had searched for. I saw how the teachings of our church helped us to be a happier family and helped me to be a happier person. I have always been grateful to my parents for searching for the truth. I see the way it has blessed them, my brothers and sisters, myself and my own children. To have the teachings and guidance of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is one of the greatest gifts they gave me.

How I live my faith

We have a very small branch here on the North Slope of Alaska. Most of our members live here in Barrow like me and my children do but some live in villages as far as 400 miles away and call in to listen to and participate in our meetings. Our branch has a very diverse group of people. We have a few eskimo members and then some of us are from other parts of Alaska. Others are from what Alaskan's call the Lower 48. There are also quite a few Filipinos and Tongans. We even have a member from Great Britain and one that was born in South Africa. Even though we come from all over the world we rely on each other just as we would rely on our families if we lived near them. Living in this part of the world presents unique challenges and as the days get shorter and colder each of us understands what the other is going through. This plus our dependence on each other builds a special bond of closeness. Our get together's are simple. We don't have elaborate parties or much variety in the types of activities that we share. We have a lot of pot lucks and even though we mostly eat and talk we really enjoy this time together. And you really can't beat the variety of food we have! I serve as the primary president. I love working with children and always come away from church having enjoyed my time with them. Children will always surprise you. Occasionally they will say something completely profound but mostly they say something that keeps you chuckling as you remember it throughout the week. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Chrisann Justice
Well, I'm a Mormon and I'm a woman. My mother was able to stay home and raise all eight of us and I believe that we were able to have a better childhood because of that. She taught me to cook and made sure that I took the time to develop talents that I am grateful to have developed. She was my friend and I knew I could go to her anytime. My father worked hard to support such a large family and I learned a lot about the dedication that it takes to get ahead in the work world. As luck would have it I have had to raise my children alone. I have had to play the role of both father and mother. I've been grateful for the lessons that both my parents taught me. I am grateful that the leaders of the church while being clear about the "ideal" family realize that not all of us are in an ideal family situation. I am comforted by the talks given by our general authorities that show that they know women in my situation. I am comforted by theirs and the Lord's promise that my children's happiness or success in life will not be hindered by the fact that they have been raised without a father. It takes extra strength and courage to raise my children alone and I know that I am getting extra help from my Heavenly Father because it is just as important to him as it is to me. Show more Show less