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Hi I'm Kristen Hawkins

The small town farm life is the only life I know. I love the outdoors. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

When you get bucked off a horse, you dust yourself off and clime right back into the saddle. I learned how to herd, milk, brand, and feed cattle at a very young age. I LOVE the mountains. Living in the dead center of the Rocky Mountains for my entire life, I have enjoyed activities most people do not regularly do like: hiking, fishing, camping (real camping with a tent not an RV), and simple exploring. School has always been a major focus in my life. Going through a school with only fourteen other classmates, I developed strong relationships with my teachers, classmates, and other faculty. I challenged myself with the most advanced courses my school offered and enjoyed any dept of learning. From random tangents to in dept topic discussion, I love learning. I never gave up and, this year, graduated with honors including Co-Salutatorian. I look excitedly forward upon a new chapter of life.I plan on attending college to obtain a Doctorate in Physics. Quitting is never an option; I will always strive to endure until the bitter end. As far as I am concerned, the glass of water is always full; whatever amount of water it lacks, air fills the space.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family; however, I mostly attended church and related meetings because my parents made me go. It was not until the summer of my sophomore year that I became truly converted to the gospel. I was attending a session of Especially for Youth, a church sponsored program for the youth. It was during this particular session where I learned to recognize the spirit. I had never felt anything so strong in my life and I knew it had to be true. As the years progressed I attended a different summer camp hoping to gain some college credit. This particular program had about 40 participants and I existed as the only Mormon. Attending school where the Mormon population exists close to 85 percent, being the only Mormon was a completely new experience. I watched as the others behaved and, at their end-of-the-week party, felt the abandonment of the spirit. That moment was the worst I have ever felt in my entire lifetime and I do not wish to experience it again. I gained knowledge about how empty and alone others who do not have the knowledge of the gospel must feel. I am extremely grateful for the gospel I have been blessed with and its influence in my life. I am a Mormon. I know it; I live it; I love it.

How I live my faith

During my high school career, my family was called to serve in a branch located about an hours' drive from my home. While my friends attended the ward in my hometown, my family would faithfully travel to church. Completing service for members in the branch was far different than in the ward for the financial situations of the members in each location was drastically different. We participated in wood gathering, Christmas baskets, and food gathering services. We even built a family a more adequate home.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Kristen Hawkins
Mormons pay tithing because we believe that Heavenly Father gave us everything and giving him ten percent back shows our gratefulness for what he blessed us with and our willingness to obey his commandments. The funds are used for building construction, missionary programs, teaching materials, education, and operating costs. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Kristen Hawkins
Mormons are encouraged to participate in elections; however, we are never told how we should vote. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does NOT endorse political parties. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Kristen Hawkins
PRAY! Communication is important in every relationship. Often I have been told, "If you want to talk to God, pray. If you want him to answer back, read the scriptures." Show more Show less