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Hi I'm Kristine

I'm a wife and mother of five children. I have a home alterations business in southern California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! My name is Kristine. I live in southern California in a medium sized town about the same distance from Los Angeles, San Diego and Palm Springs. It’s almost always sunny and warm here, except for when it’s sunny and HOT! I have lived in Cali most of my life, except for my college years and 13 years living in a very small town in Idaho. Idaho was a great place to raise children, but I love being back in my home state. I am married to a wonderful, good, kind, hard-working man named Tony. We have been married since 1984, 28 years currently. We have 3 sons and 2 daughters ranging in age from 27 to 16. We also have a beautiful daughter-in-law and a fine son-in-law. They are all terrific people: good students, hard workers and faithful Latter-day Saints. I am so very proud of each of them. Raising children has always been a high priority for our family. I’ve spent most of my time doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, taxiing children and figuring out how to find joy in it. There has always been a need for extra money, so I’ve had a lot of part-time jobs as a school aide, bookkeeper’s assistant, gift shop manager for a small museum and for the last 2 and a half years, doing alterations at home. We've had a lot of financial struggles, long term unemployment and a dramatic reduction in wages. It seems like we take one step forward and two steps back. Our faith is very important to us and has sustained us through it all.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been Mormon for several generations. My ancestors were among the earliest members of the church. Am I a believer because I was raised that way? Yes, partly. I was raised attending church and being active in it, but I am NOT a blind follower. I have always been one who wonders why. Why do I have to do it that way? Why do people do certain things? I want to know the history and evolution of everything, especially society and culture. As a child, I wondered if everything my family believed was real. I knew in my heart that Jesus Christ lived. I prayed and received answers. As I grew up, my faith grew too. I studied the scriptures and asked questions. I learned that when I live according to the commandments and teachings of the church, I was blessed and happy. When I strayed, and did things my own way, I was miserable. It doesn't take much observation to see the misery many people endure because of their choices. Sometime in my youth, I made the choice to always follow the Savior, by living the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, His true church. Of course, I am not perfect. I have struggles with health issues, depression, and many hardships. I trust Him to help me through it all. Every time a crisis hits, I turn to God in prayer and receive help. It's not always what I was hoping for, or even imagined sometimes. But it's always the right thing. I have grown so much through my challenges. Looking back, I can see the Lord's hand in my life, guiding, leading, carrying me through. He has helped me to stretch and grow stronger by allowing me to struggle and learn by experience. I am a much better person because of the teachings of the church. I know He is there. He lives. He knows me personally. He loves me. He leads this church through a living prophet. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me". Philippians 4:13.

How I live my faith

I am the president of our church's organization for children in my local unit. We have about 65 children and 35 adults who work with them. We have large and small group instruction time on Sundays, including singing time and opportunities for individual children to give talks and prayers, a cub scout pack, and twice monthly activities for girls 8-11. My role is to oversee the many adult teachers and leaders who make all this happen. We aim to teach the children about God and Jesus Christ, His teachings and how following Him will bring us happiness throughout our lives. Managing so large a group and it's infinite details can be delicate at times. I try to follow the example set by Jesus in my leadership. His way always works! My second son is preparing to serve a mission for the church, as his older brother did a few years ago. He will go wherever he is called to go, for two years. He will pay for it with his own earnings and some help from family. While he is a missionary, he may learn a foreign language, go to another country and will leave all he knows behind. He is willing to give the Lord two years of his life because he knows that this is His church and he wants to bless the lives of others, as our lives have been blessed. Helping him prepare is a joy and a blessing. There are many things to do and to buy, money to earn, dental work, medical check-ups and much more. Watching him transform into a man of god is the sweetest reward a mom could ask for! Earlier this year, my younger daughter was married in the San Diego LDS temple. Here, marriages are sealed for time and all eternity. To be worthy of marriage in the temple, my daughter and her fiance lived according to the teachings of the church, paid tithes, and reserved physical intimacy for after the wedding. It was a beautiful and spiritual experience to see them make sacred covenants with each other and the Lord. Our family is linked forever, not just until we die. I love them so much! .