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Hi I'm Crystal

I'm a recovering tom-boy. I recite Disney classics and Sondheim musicals. I was bitten by a travel bug. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the only girl in a family of six kids. I was fully 14 before I willingly put on a pink shirt. When someone joked that my Dad had a basketball team and a cheerleader, he responded that he actually had a team and a coach. I am studying Communications (Public Relations) and Theatre. In high school, I was part of Speech and Debate, Model United Nations, the Drama Club, the select choir, and music festivals. I love the performing arts. I realized early on in college I couldn't bear to give up attending the theatre, so I added it as a minor. Now I am required to go, and I get discounts! My hope is to finish my degree and get a job in arts management. No matter how old I get, I am still a kid a heart. I love sitting down to childhood favorites with my family or friends. I sing along to all the songs, and know the scripts nearly word-for-word. I think growing up on Aladdin and The Road to El Dorado may account for my fascination with adventures in far-off lands. So far, my itch for adventure has taken me to Austria for a month with two of my brothers and a semester study abroad in Jerusalem. I spent 18 months in Rosario, Argentina as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I meet people from all walks of life. I saw devotion to living the gospel. Every new place I go puts me in contact with amazing people who I grow to love so much.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a family with ancestors among the first members of Church in 1830s. I can't deny the fact that family tradition played a big role in why I am a Mormon. But every member is a convert, even those "born into the church." At some point, you have to decide for yourself if you really believe what you grew up being taught. Someone once asked me "what do you know, and how do you know it?" That question got me thinking. A lot. Finally, I decided that of all the things I know, there are just a few things that really matter. I know God lives. I know I am his daughter. I know that Jesus Christ atoned for my sins because he and my Heavenly Father love me. Every moment of clear understanding about my life and purpose on earth relates to one of those few facts. I am a Mormon because I have never had more peace and comfort than reflecting on the truths I have learned in the Bible and Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is not something I do just on Sundays, or when I have time. It is a part of my life, just like school, music, or theatre. Sometimes, those different spheres of my life are very closely connected. In our church, there is no paid ministry. Everything, from organizing activities to teaching lessons, is done by members of the congregation. I live my faith by volunteering my time and skills to serve. Right now, my assignment is to coordinate and report a system in the church called visiting teaching. Every woman over 18 years old is assigned to a companion and a few other women to visit and care for. Each month, women take time out of their busy lives (in my case- school, work, and my dating life) to be part of the support system for others. My assignment gives me the chance to see how important relationships in God's plan for us. Sometimes, I feel like I don't have a single minute to spare, or my carefully balanced world is going to come crashing down. Those are the best moments for me to do something with my assignment, because every time I put God's children first, my life gets easier to manage. It's a math problem I still haven't figured out.