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Hi I'm Crystal Hogan

I am an architect, a student, a painter, a musician, a writer, a free-spirit and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student in college and I am learning how to be an architect. My love of architecture stems from moving around a lot as a child. I've lived in four different states all across the U.S. and Iearned really young about different types of architecture and about different expressions of art. I love to paint and draw and I love to play the guitar and sing. I have battled with my weight all of my life and have been faced with different heath struggles caused by obesity. I'm only 18 and I know that I am not going to have the easiest life but I love having the gospel of Jesus Christ there with me through it all. Recently, I have been called to serve a mission in Washington. I will serve for 18 months starting in August.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because the teachings of this gospel are what drive me to be the best person I can be. I also know that no matter what i do the Lord will always love me and that someday when I die, he will be there waiting for me with open arms. I am a mormon because I know that through Jesus Christ and his sacrifice, I will be able to live with my family forever. I am mormon because I know that this life isn't all there is. There is life after this life and there is happiness there. I know that whatever I go through in life is what is meant to be and that I will be better for it. I guess my main reason for being Mormon is that it gives me hope. Hope in a better world and a better future. Hope that there is something more to life than pain and suffering. Hope that everything happens for a reason and hope that I can be happy and loved forever. Hope that I can be forgiven of my sins and that I can make ammends for the things I have done. I know that someday I will be perfect just like my Savior, Jesus Christ and My Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I'm not going to lie; it isn't easy to live this gospel in our day and age. It is hard to live different practices that people now-a-days believe to be ancient and outdated. Plus, when you try and tell people about your religion or your love for the gospel, you can often be judged or distanced from others. I have found that the best way to live my faith is to serve others and act like my Savior, Jesus Christ would act. I had the wonderful opportunity to serve the special needs students at my High School when I was younger and I learned so much about selflessness and patience. I also was able to help the youth in my area and to plan good, clean activities for them to participate in. Now, I teach the young adults in my area and help them with their problems and their trials out here at college. Our church revolves around service and so we are encouraged to always help others.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Crystal Hogan
We have what is called the Word of Wisdom, which is a health code that we live by to make sure that we are healthy and that we are respecting the bodies that we were given by God. We chose not use consume coffee, tea and alchohol because they are not good for us and they are not condusive to a healthy lifestyle. Aside from these substances being unhealthy and damaging to our bodies, we have a deeper more personal reason for not partaking in them. In the war in heaven, Jesus Christ fought for us to have a life where we were able to have free agency and choose for ourselves. He atoned for our sins knowing that we would sin continuously. He wanted us to be able to be completly free to make our own choices without anything holding us back. There are addictive substances that we have in this world that when used, take away our agency. Coffee, tea, alchohol, and drugs all have addicting ingredients that take away our free agency. We are no longer able to make our own decisions and are therefore no longer able to use our free agency. When we no longer have our free agency, we are no longer following God's plan. In choosing not to use drugs alchohol and caffeinated drinks, we are respecting Jesus Christs sacrifice and making sure that we are always able to make our own decisions. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Crystal Hogan
We believe that everything we are given is given to us through God, even our worldly possessions. When we are blessed with weath and income from the Lord, it is not unfair for him to ask for us to give back 10% to his church here on earth. He himself cannot provide money directly to the church so he supplies us with opportunities to earn money to supply our families with what they need. 90% of what we earn is what the Lord gives us to put towards our families needs and the 10% is extra money that he provides us to give back to the Lord. We are not asked to give up more than we are able to co. When we pay our tithing, we are always blessed with enough money to provide for the things we need on this earth. Tithing isn't a matter of money, it is a matter of faith. God asks us to pay tithing to show faith that he will provide means for us to get by on earth. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Crystal Hogan
I think that Mormon women are very strong and independent women. Sometimes I think that mormon women are seen as restricted to staying at home and raising children. We are asked by our prophet to put raising our children above our own personal goals. We are not asked to drop out of school or give up having a job we are just suggested to make our desicions based first on the needs of our children. Mormon women have a very difficult and important place in our church. They are responsible for raising the future leaders of our religion. I believe that all women are given divine influence from God to help raise children and I think that when a father holds the power of the preisthood, they are able to recieve revelation for their children. We believe that men and women are both equal in the sight of God. On April 6th 2013, M. Russell Ballard said, "Just as a woman cannot conceive a child without a man, so a man cannot fully exercise the power of the priesthood to establish an eternal family without a woman. In other words, in the eternal perspective, both the procreative power and the priesthood power are shared by husband and wife" They are both crucial to the plan of salvation and both are needed on this earth to do the things which God has in store. Show more Show less