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Hi I'm Kristen

I'm an engineer, a hiker, a singer, and a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Naperville, Illinois and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah by two chemical engineers. Two decades later, I'm about to graduate with my own chemical engineering degree. Aside from a love of science and math, my parents passed on an enormous appreciation of the natural world, taking me and my three older siblings on camping, skiing, rafting and hiking trips as long as it was warm enough that no one was in serious danger of hypothermia. They also blessed us with an enormous appreciation for music and the arts, and in my life, I've played the piano, violin, and guitar. I've sung loudly and kind of incessantly for as long as I can remember. I know firsthand the transcendent power of music, and would highly recommend its use for a happy life. My parents taught us all to read, and I positively devour books. I'm especially partial to fiction (a habit of which my mother despairs, claiming biographies would serve me much better), and some of my favorites include the Alchemist, by Paolo Coelho, Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, the Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis, and East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. Please don't ask how many times I've read the Harry Potter novels, because even I'm not sure anymore. Most integral to my happiness of any of these handed-down joys, however, is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that my Heavenly Father lives and loves me powerfully and specifically. Jesus Christ is my Redeemer. This gospel has helped me know sincere love, both for and from others.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of love. As I constantly work to grow in this Gospel, it colors every minute facet of my life with sincere love. I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ first and foremost because I have felt the overwhelming love of my Heavenly Father for me, the love of Jesus Christ for me, in my personal prayers, in my scripture study, in attending the temple and sacrament meeting. This love taught me how powerful love is, and it taught me to recognize love from so many others, taught me to love more kindly and more fully the people around me. This gospel taught me why, contrary to popular belief, loving others is often easy. Every person - including, of all people, me - has infinite worth and potential. This innate value is not dependent on someone's career, where they live, how they speak, or even what they do. This gospel is true. It is the word of God, and it does encompass and enable real happiness, because it is truly founded upon love.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church every single week. I live it by praying, and feeling the unbelievable love of my Heavenly Father. I live it by visit teaching the girls in my ward, by having the opportunity to be astounded by the incredible power, love, humor, and intelligence of the women I teach. I live my faith by reading my scriptures every morning, half asleep sometimes, but always able to feel the message contained in God's word. I live my faith by singing hymns of praise, whether they are the hymns of my faith, spirituals, gospel choral standards, or simply great works of music, because the Spirit of God is in great music. I live my faith by finding joy in the goodness of other people.