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Hi I'm Kristen

I'm a student at BYU. I have a passion for social work and helping people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Mississippi and moved to Utah to attend college at BYU. I graduated a few months ago and I'm starting grad school soon. I'm getting a masters degree in social work. I love singing, watching movies, and making rice krispy treats.

Why I am a Mormon

If I had to pick one word that sums up my feelings about the church and its teachings, it is peace. I believe in the gospel because it brings me peace. No matter what I experience, I feel peace knowing my purpose and the meaning of life according to the plan of happiness. It makes so much sense to me that this life is a test. Heavenly Father has sent us here to prove ourselves so that we can live with Him again, but also, so that we can be like Him. He puts us through all kinds of horrible things and unpleasant situations, not to punish us, but to give us the experiences we need to learn, grow, and show our faith. Even the most righteous believers, like those in the Bible and Book of Mormon, had to go through hard things, not because they were bad or did something wrong, but because it was necessary for their progression. I know this principle is true, because my hardest trials have brought me to my knees begging for relief from Heavenly Father, and I believe in these times of my life I have grown the most. I have developed a closer relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and acquired more faith to carry through harder times in the future. As I've gotten older and gone through multiple tests of my faith, I have learned that the gospel brings the greatest clarity at times of confusion. When I pray, I know that God answers my prayers. I know my purpose in life and where I'm headed because of the gospel. When I'm confused, frustrated, afraid, or doubtful, I turn to the scriptures and teachings of the prophets and find the answers I was looking for. Most of all, I have felt the power of the Atonement in my life, and I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. The Atonement is at the center of this gospel and that's what I love about it. Everything points to Christ--as long as I follow His commandments and believe that He has the power to help me become like Him--I can live with Him again. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I help plan church activities so that people in my ward can get to know each other and have a good time together. I think of these activities as opportunities to build unity among members of our church. It's been so fun to be a part of planning these events because I've gotten to know so many wonderful people and also learned a lot about myself. I know that my opportunities to serve in the church have challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and helped me grow as a person.