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Hi I'm Chrissy

I'm a Mormon, and joined the Church in 1968 when I was 19

About Me

I am married with two adult sons and three lovely grandchildren. I am retired now, but used to work as a legal secretary. I love gardening, it is really satisfying to clear a patch of weeds and see beauty in its place, to grow vegetables or fruit and then harvest it, and be able to eat it on the day of harvest. I also enjoy reading and am a member of a book club. I recently bought a Kindle and am discovering a lot of classic books which have such wonderful language and ideas. I also love family history, and am a family history consultant for our Ward (thelocal church unit). As a spin off from family history I have volunteered to index old documents so that they can be put on the Internet, and this is really satisfying and interesting work.

Why I am a Mormon

Before I met the missionaries I had not real religious beliefs, and was not at all sure if there was a God. The missionaries asked me to study the Book of Mormon but at the time I was working and taking A level History in my spare time, so I told them I would not have the time. They suggested just 5 minutes a day. That evening I pick up the Book of Mormon intending to read for 5 minutes, and finally put it down at 2 a.m. I was told that if I prayed I would know if it was true, but my first prayers seemed to go nowhere. Even so, I started to attend Church and met some lovely people who supported each other and reached out to me. Eventually (3 months later), I decided I'd get baptised, even though I hadn't seemed to have an answer to my prayers. In my inexperience I didn't realise that the feelings I got when I read the Book of Mormon and attended Church were an answer to my prayers. I must explain that I was terrified of getting my head under water. The night I decided to get baptised I had a nightmare. I was drowning! I woke up and didn't know if the nightmare was because I was afraid of baptism or because God was telling me not to join this Church. For the first time, it seemed really important to me to get an answer to my prayers. I knelt down and asked God if the Church was true. It was the middle of the night, and I was shiverring with cold, but as I prayed it was as if a warm arm was around my shoulders, and into my mind came the words, 'It's all right, you're home now, you're home'. It was the most profound experience I have ever had, and as I write this I can remember it as if it has just happened.

How I live my faith

I have held many Church callings over the years. I have taught both children and adults, and spent some very happy years teaching an early morning class to the 14 - 18 year olds. This ran from 7.00 - 7.45, 5 days a week, and involved studying the scriptures at a much deeper level than most people go into. At the present time I am the Employment Specialist for Halifax ward, guding members who are not sure what careers to take up, helping the members with their cv's, and if apprpriate arranging for them to attend classes to help them with interviews, etc. I am also a Family History Consultant, and help at the local Family History Centre once a fortnight as well as helping individuals with their family history when they approach me with problems. I am also teaching a children's class of 6 and 7 year olds while the teacher is recovering from an operation, they are lovely children and I am really enjoying helping out.