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Hi I'm Krista

I was born and raised in Illinois, I teach English as a second langauge, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm the only daughter out of five children. (No sisters! Bummer, right? It's all good; I have an awesome mom to make up for it.) I attend Brigham Young University and I'm loving it. I study English language, editing, and TESOL at BYU. I teach international students who are here to learn English, and I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

Back in high school, I was reading in public. A friend asked what I was reading, and I replied that it was the Book of Mormon. "You're Mormon?" she asked, clearly surprised. I, myself, was surprised she hadn't already known that. After all, I'd been baptized and confirmed by my dad at the age of eight. My mother had grown up attending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but my father didn't convert until I was about six years old. So, why am I a Mormon? Simply put, I can't imagine a life without the knowledge I have. I know there is a God, and He has a plan for us. I'm grateful I can pray to Him and feel His love. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides me with knowledge and wisdom that brings me comfort and pure joy. Of course, it's not the Church's responsibility or inclination to force me to believe anything. In fact, it would be foolish to believe everything I'm told, without finding out for myself if it's true! For this reason, I have read the Book of Mormon, and I continue to read it, alongside the Bible. I've prayed to know if what I've been taught is true, and I continue to pray for such reassurance. Being a Mormon has sculpted me into the person I am today. It motivates me to be the best I can be and to help others do the same. Honestly, there are very few instances that make me happier than when someone tells me I shine and they can tell. "You're Mormon?" Yes, I am. And I strive every day of my life to live up to such a blessing.

How I live my faith

I love speaking in front of the congregation in church meetings, as is custom in a Latter-day Saint church. I have served in various positions in the church--from the youth service committee, to ward pianist, to the relief society presidency. During my early years of high school, I had a hard time. That feeling didn't have much to do with academics--in fact, I kept good grades, put forth honest work, and liked all of my teachers. It was hard for me because of the environment. Please don't misunderstand me; there are fantastic people of all backgrounds, and I formed bonds with a few of those special friends during high school. However, I felt bombarded daily with inappropriate language, jokes, and activities that some of the students participated in. Regardless, I remained true to myself and my beliefs. I attended an early morning seminary class every day and did my best to do what God would have me do. I wasn't perfect by any means (and I'm still not!), but people noticed that I was different. And that's what I live to achieve. Whether it's serving others, sharing scriptures or quotes through technology, or simply smiling at a stranger, I do my best to live as the Lord would have me live. Now, as a college student, I continue to serve both in and out of the Church. Christ's life was (and still is) filled with service. I can think of no greater way to show my love and appreciation for Heavenly Father and His Son than to serve those around me.

What is faith?

Faith is so many wonderful things. It is believing without seeing. It is trusting without doubting. It is knowing without having been given tangible proof. C.S. Lewis stated, "I believe in Christ like I believe in the sun--not because I can see it, but by it, I can see everything else." That is what faith is to me. I have faith in Christ, my Savior, and that gives my life meaning. I believe in, love, and trust Him even though my mortal eyes have not seen Him. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Absolutely! We use the King James Version of the Holy Bible, which provides invaluable insight and hope. The Bible contains some of the word of God, but there are many different interpretations when we look at the Bible by itself. Alongside the Book of Mormon, it can give us counsel and wisdom. Both provide supreme histories and stories that proclaim Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is our Savior. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes! We read of ancient prophets like Moses, Isaiah, and Adam in the Bible, as well as prophets such as Nephi, Lehi, and Moroni in the Book of Mormon. God used these men on Earth to guide people so that they could live better and more joyful lives. Today, there is a prophet on the Earth to do the same. Thomas S. Monson is God's chosen prophet today, and he guides us as we each try to live a happy and fulfilling life. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

You advertise how you feel about yourself and others by what you wear. When a man of any age wears attire that contains suggestive or otherwise offensive language or images, he is suggesting he believes such behavior is acceptable. It can cause others discomfort and portray messages that are not pleasing to the Lord. When a female--a young woman, in particular--wears revealing clothing, she is drawing attention to her physical appearance rather than her personality and attitude, whether it's intentional or not. Such attention can lead her and others to unchaste thoughts, desires, and ultimately actions which should be reserved for marriage. Parents can best teach their children to be modest by being an example. Verbally communicating what it means to be modest in dress, language, and behavior is important, but the most influential factor is whether or not the parents are practicing the same morals. Topics such as modesty are not ones to be shied away from or disregarded as minimally important. Speaking from personal experience, I know that modesty in all areas of life ensures greater self-confidence and true happiness. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

The official name of the Church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (quite the long name, but with good reason! It was given through revelation, as recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 115:4). The term "Mormon church" is a nickname deriving from our belief in the Book of Mormon. In 1990, Russell M. Nelson, an apostle, gave an excellent talk on the name of the Church. Based on the revelation in D&C 115:4, he explains the meanings of each part of the name. The talk, entitled "Thus Shall My Church Be Called", can be found in its entirety at lds.org. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

A quote that I keep in my scriptures is by Joseph Smith, a prophet of God, and he said a true Latter-day Saint is "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." Despite differences in belief, service is perhaps the most meaningful gift one can give another. We read in Matthew 25:40, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." In essence, this scripture is saying that when we serve others--regardless of their religious, ethnic, financial, or other differences--we are serving the Lord. That is to say, the immediate recipients of service aren't the only ones who subsequently feel joy; the Lord does, as well. And as someone gives service happily and willingly, (s)he feels that pure joy, too! Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

We are all imperfect beings. The only truly perfect individual to have lived on this Earth was Jesus Christ, whom we believe to be our Savior. We need Him as our Savior because, as difficult as it might feel to admit sometimes, we do make mistakes. Our Heavenly Father knew we would give in to temptations at times, which is why He sent His Son as a gateway to forgiveness. It says in the scriptures, "no unclean thing can dwell with God" (1st Nephi 10:21, The Book of Mormon). To dwell with God is our ultimate goal and purpose, but without divine help, we are unclean. Jesus Christ suffered for our sins so that we may have the opportunity to repent when we make incorrect choices. When we sincerely repent of our mistakes, God forgives us and we are, in essence, made clean again. I can testify that there is a supreme amount of gladness brought when we sincerely repent and strive to live more faithfully. I know that Christ is my Savior, and I am grateful for all He has done (and continues to do) for me. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Increasing one's faith in Christ requires consistent, honest study and application of His words. The way I see it, studying the Lord's words has four simple (but extremely important) steps: 1) Read the scriptures regularly, 2) Ponder what they say, 3) Pray earnestly about them, and 4) Put their teachings to the test! Elder Enrique R. Falabella of the Quorum of the Seventy said, "It is not enough to know the scriptures; we have to live them." That's so true! It's the same with instructions of any kind--if you don't USE them, what good are they doing in your life? I can promise that as you study and apply the Lord's teachings, you will draw closer to Christ, and your faith in Him will increase. Even if it starts out small, as a tiny hope in your heart, it can grow to be an unmatched source of knowledge and peace. But only if you let it. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

As a young woman, I can assure you there is no greater slight to the sanctity of womanhood than pornographic images, text, or thoughts. Pornography degrades women, destroys their self-respect and self-worth, and deteriorates the mind of all who partake of it in ANY way. To stop this epidemic of disrespect, we must first start at an individual level. If you are involved in pornography in any way, seek diligently to stop now. If you are not, remain diligent in avoiding it at all costs. I am pleading with you as a friend, sister, daughter, and future wife and mother. Abandon pornography in all its forms. Have the humility to seek counsel and support from others. Start now. Above all, regardless of your circumstances, NEVER be afraid to stand for what's right. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

When Mormons refer to a "testimony", they are generally referring to a feeling of hope, belief, or knowledge concerning spiritual things. Although it can be, a testimony does not have to be made up of undeniable certainties; rather, it most often starts off as a hope that something is true. No two testimonies are the same, especially considering they're constantly changing. A testimony is only as strong as you will let it be, and it is only as weak as you allow it to become. Consistent prayer, scripture study, church attendance, and repentance are just a few important factors in gaining and maintaining a testimony. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. Jesus Christ and His apostles performed many miracles while they were on the Earth; today, worthy young men and men can do the same, according to the will of God. "Worthy" implies that the individual is following the commandments to the best of his ability. This includes practicing proper repentance when mistakes are made. Women cannot hold the priesthood to act in God's name. However, that is not to say that blessings of the priesthood are withheld from women. In fact, as a young woman, I can tell you that I have been blessed in SO many ways because of the priesthood, and I am so extremely grateful for it and for the men who worthily hold it and use it to bless the lives of others. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

The power of the Holy Ghost can be felt by anyone. It testifies of eternal truths, such as the Savior's love for us, or the teachings of the prophets. The gift of the Holy Ghost is received only after baptism. This gift is the ability to have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, as long as one keeps the commandments. The Holy Ghost guides faithful members in decisions, gives feelings of warning in times of imminent danger (in any of its definitions), and provides comfort and peace. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Yes, Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God. He is the Jehovah of the Old Testament, our Savior, and He will be our Judge. He is the only perfect being to have lived on the earth, and He atoned for all of our sins, griefs, and sorrows. He has given us the ability to repent of our wrongdoings so that we may return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father again. Because He was resurrected, we will be, too (see 1 Corinthians 15:20-22). Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Heavenly Father has blessed us with physical bodies. They allow us to feel and do things we would not be able to if we were spirits. Because God has freely given us our bodies, it is our responsibility to treat them appropriately. Look at it this way: if an artist were to paint a beautiful portrait and give it to you as a gift, how would you treat it? Surely you wouldn't carelessly leave it lying on the ground, or decide you didn't like parts of it and edit it yourself. Heavenly Father has carefully and lovingly given us each a unique body--a masterpiece of our very own. To defile it in any manner would be taking this gift for granted. Our bodies are referred to as "temples" because they are the special, current residences of our spirits. As such, they should be treated properly; how we treat our spirits is directly illustrated by how we value our bodies. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

No; EVERY worthy male can receive and use the priesthood, regardless of his race or color. I have the greatest respect for the priesthood (which is the authority to act in God's name), and for those who worthily hold and use it to bless lives. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

The terms "ward" and "branch" refer to our local congregations. A branch is generally a small congregation, while a ward has a greater number of attendees. They are organized geographically, and a group of wards and branches make up a "stake". While the majority of meetings are spent with one's own ward or branch, there are also many opportunities for members to spend time with other wards and branches from their stakes. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

It is missionaries' duty to share the Gospel of Christ. When they visit your home, they will teach the different parts of Heavenly Father's plan for us. One of the many names for this plan is the Plan of Salvation. Most often, they will ask to open and close each visit with a prayer. After explaining the purpose and process of prayer, they will likely ask if you are comfortable in offering one of these prayers. The missionaries will testify of truths and answer your questions. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

President Thomas S. Monson is God's called prophet on the earth today. He and his two counselors, Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf, guide us according to how God wants us to live. Together, these three men make up what we refer to as the first presidency of the Church (like Peter, James, and John after Christ's crucifixion). Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Yes, Jesus Christ visited the faithful ancient inhabitants of the Americas after he was crucified and resurrected. We can read about this account in the Book of Mormon in the book of 3 Nephi. What a blessing this knowledge is to me! The Book of Mormon has blessed my life in so many ways, and I am eternally grateful for the opportunity I have to read about the Savior's ministry among the people of ancient America, in addition to His mortal ministry. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

This is what I consider one of the coolest parts of the Church. When Christ was on the Earth, He served others selflessly, without seeking any personal gain. While it's not yet possible to be exactly like the Savior, we strive to become like Him as we follow His example of service. So, after much prayer and consideration, members of the Church are called to serve in various, unpaid positions. These not only strengthen our natural abilities and develop new talents; they bring us closer to those around us as we serve them willingly and selflessly. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets of God, like the Bible. It testifies that Christ is our Savior and God's Son, just as the Bible does. However, the events in the Bible took place in the Holy Land, whereas the events in the Book of Mormon took place on the American continent. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

The scriptural answer to this would be to look up Matthew 28:19 or a similar scripture which instructs us to teach the gospel. It is a commandment to share this wonderful knowledge we have, but that's not the only reason we do it. We share what we love with those we love. It would be selfish to keep it to ourselves. I have so much respect for missionaries who share what they love and know with others who would benefit from that knowledge. As a Mormon, I would never share my faith with another with the intent to cause offense. Rather, I do it to invite others to share in the joy I feel with the knowledge and faith I have. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is a sort of health code practiced by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was revealed by God to the prophet Joseph Smith almost two hundred years ago to help us understand how to take proper care of our bodies. It provides an outline of things that we should avoid drinking or using, as well as other general health guidelines. For example, the Word of Wisdom teaches us that we should not limit our body, mind, and spirit with the use of tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, or illegal drugs. As we live by the Word of Wisdom, we will be blessed. I know because I've put it to the test! Show more Show less