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Hi I'm Christy

I grew up in Utah, live in Denver, love Latin America, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to ski, ride my bike, travel, study, and practice my Spanish. I am married to a wonderful guy. My husband is a good bird watcher. He is teaching me but I am an amateur -- getting better though! We have fun being outside and we love being with our family. My husband's ancestors are from the north of Spain. Mine are from Denmark, Sweden, and England. I grew up with three great brothers who served as missionaries in the Church. They are the best and have fine families. Our parents are a joy to our lives. Our family motto is "Work hard, play hard." I have a Ph.D. from the University of Utah and I am a speech-language pathologist. I love to travel, especially in Latin America and have been able to visit quite a few parts of Mexico, also Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, Belize, and Puerto Rico (U.S. Territory).

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe the teachings and I love the scriptures. I have a strong testimony that the Lord hears and answers our prayers. He can and will help us with any part of our lives. We just need to ask, listen, have faith, and do our part. Things don't always turn out the way we want but the Lord will make sure things turn out right for us. The Lord will help us accomplish whatever we need to do. He wants us to be successful and happy. He is always there waiting for us to speak to Him through prayer.

How I live my faith

I currently help coordinate visits for the women's organization (Relief Society) in our local district (ward). Most of the women have assigned sisters they visit and care for, at least monthly, usually more often. This is a program called Visiting Teaching. In addition to helping organize the two-sister companionships who visit specific sisters, I have the opportunity of seeing four special women each month, as a Visiting Teacher with my own Visiting Teaching Companion. I learn a lot from the women we visit. We hope to be the friend and support they need and deserve. Previously I served as a teacher of 7 & 8 year old children and earlier as a teacher for 9 & 10 year old children in the children's organization, titled Primary. At another time I worked in public affairs for my local church area. I work hard to pray and read the scriptures daily. I have had opportunity to participate in a few community development projects in Latin America. I enjoyed attending the LDS church in Latin America and other locations during my travels. The world is full of good people. I enjoy answering questions about the church, asked by current friends and also new people with whom I become acquainted.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Christy
We can come to know our Father in Heaven by praying. We can begin our prayer with "Our Father in Heaven" and then we can talk to Him. We should give specific thanks for our blessings, tell Him what we are thinking, talk to Him about what we need and what we need to learn. We can ask for help in our decisions and so on. As a former president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley, counseled ... we [should] pray hard and then get up and go to work -- to do our part. Before getting up from prayer we need to take time to be still, 'listen' and think about the message the Lord may be trying to give us. Our Father in Heaven can even make difficult situations or negative experiences feel better somehow. The troubling situation may not totally change but our Father in Heaven can help smooth out our feelings enough that we can continue on and do what we need to do for the day, the week, the month, the year. We just need to consistently pray. No matter where we are or who we are, we always have someone who will listen to us and who wants to help us -- our Heavenly Father. He will be our Friend. Show more Show less