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Hi I'm Kristy

I have chaired a not-for-profit art foundation, interned at the U.S. Supreme Court, and studied in Cairo. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a mother of five, and a professional writer. My perfect days are spent in hiking with a sandwich and a laptop in my backpack. I write a medical column for grocery money. I write poems because they make me happy. I love raising teenagers and seeing them grow into productive, caring, amazing, independent individuals, and then I cry when they leave home, even though that's exactly what we taught them to do. I like to cook but I don't like following recipes. I enjoy public speaking but hate crowds. I love living in the desert but I'm not crazy about the heat. My favorite color is green. My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. My favorite months are April and September. My favorite drink is Starbucks hot chocolate: tall, five pumps, skim milk, no whipped cream.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. I have become a Latter-day Saint as I have followed the teachings of Jesus Christ. Following my Savior and modern-day prophets has brought joy and peace into my life, and prepared me for spiritual experiences that have revealed to me in a very personal way that I am a beloved daughter of a Heavenly Father who is pleased not only with the way I try to live my life, but with me.

How I live my faith

For many years I served as a teacher of adults. I thought it was the best job in the church. Then I was asked to serve with the youth. At first I was scared to death. Would these teenage girls like me? Would they care that I hate scrapbooking? Would they participate in discussions? Would they hate my mom clothes? As I have served these girls, I have come to love them almost as much as my own daughters. I cheer for them at their soccer matches and FCCLA competitions and cry with them when they struggle with depression and eating disorders. I have been privileged to counsel with them over boyfriends, college choices, and relationships with family members. As I have, I have marveled at their resilience and been blessed to feel a portion of the love that Jesus Christ feels for them. The Church provides me with so many opportunities to serve, learn, develop my talents, and love people I would not have otherwise had the blessing of even knowing.