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Hi I'm Christina

I love reading, science, family, and all things logical. If I'm not inside studying, I'm outside exploring nature. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest child in my family, but that's not saying much considering I only have one younger sister and a step-brother. Even though my family life hasn't been perfect, I love them! Family has become one of the most important things to me. I grew up in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, but I spent the last 2 years in Utah at college. I am studying Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis in Biochemical Engineering at the University of Utah. I researched neuronal connections in the vision cortex of the brain for a year as part of my undergraduate research, and I intend to continue researching once I return from serving my mission. I've discovered a love for calculus and chemistry, but I love to have fun outside of school too! On weekends during the winter, you are likely to find me snowboarding on the nearby mountain. In the summer, I like to hike and rock climb. I enjoy watching movies and reading just about any kind of book. I've taken a short hiatus from all of those things though, and I am currently serving a mission for the Church in the New Jersey Morristown Mission and I've never been happier!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon for many reasons. For one, I've learned for myself that this Church is true. I've also had countless experiences that have taught me that living the way the prophets and apostles--both ancient and modern--teach brings true happiness. It's not blind faith; it's trusting those who can see a lot farther than I can. Living according to the commandments has brought me so much joy, and I know that joy comes from living the way God and Christ want me to. My parents separated when I was young, and I took a lot of comfort in knowing that, while I felt alone, there was always someone who loved me near. As I grew older, I realized that I needed to find out for myself in this Church was true. So, I read the Book of Mormon. I prayed about it, and I know that it is true. That knowledge didn't come overnight, though. It came little by little as I continued to read the Book of Mormon, attend church, and pray earnestly. I now can say without a shadow of doubt that I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's true and living church. It is lead by a prophet of God, and the way to true happiness can be found by living its teachings and keeping the covenants, or promises with God, that I've made.

How I live my faith

Previously, I served as a Sunday School and Relief Society teacher in my singles' ward. I am currently serving a full-time mission in New Jersey. Mostly, though, I live my faith every single day of my life. This isn't just something I believe in on Sundays; it defines who I am and helps me make every-day decisions. I live my faith by being obedient to God's commandments, reading my scriptures every day, praying to my Heavenly Father, and attending church each Sunday to renew the promises I've made with God. In return, I receive more comfort and peace than I can describe. I always seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost to help me lead me in the direction Heavenly Father has for me because I know that His way is always the best way.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Christina
We attend church to worship as a congregation; we attend the temple to worship as individuals. In church, we meet together to pray, study the scriptures, and renew baptismal covenants--promises--through partaking of the sacrament. In the temple, we learn more about God's plan and make sacred covenants with him that are necessary for eternal life. As these covenants are precious and sacred, strict worthiness is required to enter our temples. Show more Show less

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

Christina
Absolutely! I love the bible and read it often. It testifies of Christ and tells of His ministry on Earth and allows us to learn of Him and His teachings. Show more Show less

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

Christina
Missionaries will share a message about Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. They teach of prophets, the Plan of Salvation, and other of Christ's teachings. Missionaries can help you understand how Christ and His gospel will allow you to overcome challenges and concerns. They can teach you ways to find peace, even in the midst of the chaos of life. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Christina
The authority to perform ordinances is called the priesthood. It is something that Christ had while He was on the earth, and it is the authority to act in Christ's name. Think of it as God's "seal of approval." While other baptisms are wonderful acts of faith and do bring people closer to Christ, in order for us to fully follow the Savior, we must be baptized in the same way He was--by proper priesthood authority. Priesthood authority is what makes ordinances valid in the eyes of the Lord. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Christina
No, they are not. Young men are expected to as it is considered a priesthood duty, but membership in the church is not jeapordized by the decision to serve. Young women serve if they desire, as do older couples. As a young woman currently serving a mission, I didn't feel any pressure to serve. I am doing it because I love Jesus Christ and His gospel. I know how much it has helped me face challenges in life, and I desire to share that knowledge with all who will hear me. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Christina
There isn't a set answer to this question other than that is the way God has organized the priesthood. Men hold priesthood offices, but as a woman, I don't feel underprivileged or under-represented in any way by not having the priesthood. Men and women work together in the priesthood, and men cannot realize the fulness of priesthood blessings without being married to a woman. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Christina
No, we do not. We revere Joseph Smith as a prophet of God, but we worship our Father in Heaven and His son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less