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Hi I'm Christa

I am half Navajo. I grew up in a military family. I have a purpose in life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a military family. We didn't move as much as some do, but we weren't exempt from the furies of war. I grew up quickly and learned to take care of myself and my family. My mom taught me to be strong and work hard. That was the only way we could find peace in life despite the challenges going on in the world. In addition to being a military brat I was homeschooled since the 1st grade until I graduated. Talk about being different from your peers. Military lifestyle is a culture all of it's own, people don't really understand it unless they've lived it. Same goes for homeschooling. I never wanted to be different from my friends. So normally I wouldn't mention that fact that I was homeschooled or that my dad was in the military and people were always surprised when they found out. In addition to all that I'm a Mormon. Now you combine three lifestyles that have their very own "culture" and you've got quite the combination. I learned a long time ago to stand for what you believe or your belief will be taken from you. Being a Mormon is what made everything else fit together. It wasn't the military or the fact that I was homeschooled that made my who I was. It was my belief in Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Growning up the way I did left a lot of room for sterio typing. I didn't want to be known as "a homeschooler" or "a military brat" or "a Mormon." I wanted to be known for me. For who I am. A lot of people really struggle in their search for an identity. They want to be different, but nobody wants to be so different that no one likes them. They try to fit in by following the crowd and trying to be accepted by society by falling in the same pit falls as everybody else. I was already different but I didn't want to be sterio typed by that. I had to decide who I wanted to be. In Joshua 24:15 it says "...choose ye this day whom ye will serve..." So I did. I chose to serve the Lord. My dad had a dangerous job that took him away from us a lot. We know, as Mormons, that we can be with our families forever no matter what happens to us in life. We can have peace in life through righteous living and hope that through the Saviors atoning sacrifice we can live with God again. This brought me tremendous hope as a child and still does today. I know that there is potential for every one of God's children. He loves us and He wants us to chose to follow Him. I have made my choice. Have you decided?

How I live my faith

The military taught me to be strong and independant, to stand for what I believe. Being homeschooled taugth me that every situation in life is a learning opportunity. Being a Mormon taught me to use my talents to help and serve others. In our church there are many, many opportunities to serve. Through that service I have found my purpose in life. Jesus Christ went about doing good. Inviting others to "come follow Him" to love and serve each other. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints (the Mormon chuch) I have had a lot of leadership responsibilities working with the youth and children in our church. In college I have taught Sunday school by studying and preparing lessons from the scriptures and teaching them at church. I have also served in the women's organization of our church called relief society, by reaching out to help other women in need. I have learned that all people everywhere are in need of some form of service. The key is finding out how you can help them. I know that God brings people into our lives for a reason, so the question is with all people: "Why have they come into be life? Why have I come into theirs?" Seeing people this way is a constant reminder that we are all Children of our Father in Heaven. We all have a purpose and God has a specific plan for each of us. None of us are here by chance. That is the greatest thing we can learn in life.