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Hi I'm Kristilyn

I'm a Special Education teacher and marathon runner. I'm preparing to serve a mission in Daejeon, Korea. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently graduated with a degree in Special Education and love working with children. In addition, I also love running, basketball, French, playing the piano and trombone, and spending time with my family and friends. I love my faith because it gives me hope, helps me understand my purpose in life, and most of all, it brings me closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I live in an area with relatively few members of our faith. I realized at an early age that I needed to know for myself what I believed and the way I lived my life, even when my parents and leaders were not around. This situation became a blessing for me as I practiced living what I believe, and then feeling the peace and happiness I felt as I made those decisions. I was grateful to grow up with many friends who, although not Mormon, shared similar beliefs in Christ. We became close and helped to strengthen each other, and encouraged each other to be our best selves. Discussions with my friends often led to opportunities for me to explain specifics of my religion and our faith. During high school, I attended early morning seminary, a 50-minute class that Latter-day Saint youth take each morning, before going to their individual high schools for their typical school day. Each year we focused on a different part of the scriptures: Old Testament, New Testament, The Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants. I was able to gain a deeper understanding and love for the scriptures as we studied them in class, and as I read assigned sections of the scriptures daily outside of class. The Spirit in the class gave me, along with the other youth in the area, strength and courage to stand up for what we believe. We were also able to receive strength and encouragement from each other. During those years, I realized how much I love the scriptures and this church. I felt in my heart through the Holy Ghost that they are true, and I knew that I always wanted to remain faithful in the church.

How I live my faith

I currently help at church by teaching the children during Sunday School time. We incorporate short lessons based on scriptural topics, songs, prayers, discussions, and goals into the lessons. Earlier this summer, I had the privilege of being a leader for Girls' Camp. This is a week-long camp organized by our church and designed for young women ages 12-18 to join with others in the region, as they build on each others' faith while participating in typical outdoor and camping activities. Young women who are not of our faith are also invited to attend Girls' Camp to share in an uplifting, Christ-centered week of activities with other girls their age. I am constantly amazed by the youth and their strength as they make a stand for the right in the daily choices that they make. Currently, I am preparing to serve a full-time mission for 18 months to Daejeon, South Korea.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

We came to this earth to learn and grow. Much of that growth happens within our families, as we learn from and serve each other. Families are central to God's plan. Temples make it possible for families to live together forever, even after death. Heavenly Father wants us to return to live with Him, and we do so with our families. During this life, we must prepare for that reunion with God by caring for our family members in love and respect. We cannot always change their actions and the decisions they make, but we can do our best to strengthen those bonds and bring each other closer to Jesus Christ. Show more Show less