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Hi I'm Christy Ogden

I'm a busy wife, mother, advertising copywriter, and a magnet for embarrassing situations. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of three and I work as an advertising director for a small software company. I graduated from college with a degree in Communications, yet I'm still learning how to effectively put that into practice with family members. I have been married to my best friend from high school for 25 years, and am still crazy about the guy (at least 9 out of 10 days). I like to write, travel, exercise, bake and eat cookies (somewhat counterproductive to the whole exercise thing), hike, and go on adventures with my kids. I used to like snorkeling until I realized there were sharks in the ocean. I'm a Talker trying very hard to reform into a Listener. I think balancing family, work, and all of the demands of life is very challenging. I seem to have a gift for public humiliation. I'm known for being the Queen of Embarrassing Moments, which my friends and family laugh about quite often. It appears my Gift to the World is to make others feel better about themselves as they think, "Well, at least I didn't do THAT..." I was born with a cleft palate, although I regularly forget that fact. A few years ago my mom was killed in a tragic accident. I miss her like crazy. The peace that has come from knowing that I will see her again has been a powerful and sustaining blessing. I think this world is an incredibly beautiful and interesting place, filled with incredibly beautiful and interesting people.

Why I am a Mormon

I was extremely fortunate, in that I had two loving parents, who not only talked the talk but walked the walk when it came to religion. My mother, in particular, fostered faith. She taught us what she believed, but also had great confidence in our ability to gain answers for ourselves. From the earliest age, I was taught that the Lord was aware of me, that I mattered to Him, and that I could pray to Him and receive answers and direction. What a gift! As I grew older, I no longer wanted to just go on my parents' faith, particularly when it came to church. After all, this church requires quite a bit of us, and it isn't always convenient. Why do it if it wasn't true? So I asked God. And in multiple experiences, He filled my soul with His answers. I have felt the cleansing, healing, saving gift of the Atonement, along with the realization that Jesus Christ suffered and died for me PERSONALLY, not just for the world at large and in general. For me. For my sins, my weaknesses, my failings. Really knowing that changed my life and my worship. Reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon have helped me understand and love my Savior even more. I know they are the word of God. As I listen to inspired leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, God's Spirit powerfully testifies, deep in my heart, the truth of what they are saying. And just like my mom, I believe God is aware of all of us and anxious to give us the answers we need. I am so grateful to be a member of this Church. It brings me great joy.

How I live my faith

One thing I have learned is that as we serve people, the Lord allows us to feel His love for them. I recently spent years working with the youth in my church. As I served them, God helped me see these young women through His eyes. When I taught young children, the same gift occurred. Now I serve among the women of my church. It is a marvelous thing to discern how aware God is of them, their struggles and their strengths, and just how much He loves them. Feeling His love for others helps me to recognize His love for me. I try to see everyone as God sees them. I pray daily to be filled with charity. When my heart is filled with the pure love of Christ, I find I am less judgmental, more patient, less concerned about appearances, more willing to cut people slack, and less prideful. But it's a day to day battle. I am a work in progress. I am trying to live with greater faith, hope, and charity. I repent regularly when I fall short. Life moves at a fast pace, and so I cherish the opportunity to ponder, meditate, and refocus as I read scriptures, attend church meetings, pray, and worship in the temple. These things help anchor and nourish and sustain me. My son is currently far away, serving a mission for our church. I really miss talking with him...turns out I'm quite attached to the kid. But I am happy and grateful that he can share the incomparable blessings of our faith with others.