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Hi I'm Crystal

I'm a wife, mom, friend, Den mother, art lover, bookworm, handywoman, and a neighborhood explorer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a turbulent household where selfishness reigned supreme. Certainly no one looked at me and thought, "I wish I could be her!' But it was in those trials that I learned independence of thought and self reliance. I self governed my habits from childhood when the adults were too busy with their own agendas. I decided at a young age that I would be an architect. That was my ticket out. Being an architect was my goal for so long that I never questioned if it was the right path for me. I pushed myself through high school and college and finally achieved all my education and was on my way to being an architect. And yet, I'm not an architect. I am the CEO of my household. A wonderful young man came into my life and said, 'You're the one.' And I agreed to go along! He made me queen of our castle and mother to our children. I am a wife and mother and I have the best job in the world. Often I am asked, 'Won't you go back to architecture?' If it is what the Lord needs me to do; my will is His will. Right now I'm doing exactly what He needs me to do and that is to share His love. I love my husband, my children and the children in my neighborhood. I love my family and friends. I try to love my enemies. I love my ancestors who have gone before. And I love the posterity that will be a part of our eternal family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I want to be; because I covenanted that I would be; because I can't deny what I know is true. There is nothing that could persuade me that Joseph Smith did not see God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost has testified repeatedly through strong feelings of love, devotion, peace and assurance in my heart that this is the case. I had lived for a time where my choices separated me from the influence of the Spirit of Christ and it was a dark and lonely and bland existence. There is sweetness in choosing God's path; for partaking in his mercy and goodness. There are many things I know and many more things I will yet learn about my Creator and my eternal Destiny. I looked forward to the Joy in the Journey of life. And I believe that my path will be better because I associate myself with the Mormons.

How I live my faith

I have had the privilege of serving my church community in many capacities. Currently I get to be a Cub Scout Den Leader for the Bears (who are boys that are 9 years old). I love training up these boys. We learn and explore. We talk about faith and making good choices. I demand their best from them. We share mutual respect for each other, our Pack, and the Lord. It is awesome! I live my faith by being faithful. Obvious, I know, but this is an example what I mean. I keep the Sabbath Day holy by keeping it a family day. We avoid parties and spending money. We go to church each week in our Sunday best. We have many friends not of our faith who have learned to honor this for us. They schedule their events so they can include us. They know that we live our religion, and they respect us for it.

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

First, the Word of Wisdom includes what you should eat, and that is a balanced diet. It is the Lord's version of the food pyramid. Second, this is a commandment about faith. If Joseph Smith is a prophet and what he says comes from the Lord, and the Lord says to eat healthy and to abstain from certain substances, then that should be enough. Will drinking tea really hurt your body? Logically the answer is probably not. But this isn't about logic: it is about obedience and self control. Show more Show less