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Hi I'm Kristen

I've grown up in Utah. I'm an opera singer and performer. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in Utah with my family which consists of my parents and my younger brother. My brother has a form of autism and has developmental and speech delays as well as seizures. He is one of my very favorite people! This summer I am working at a summer camp for special needs kids and have absolutely loved it! I am attending Brigham Young University and am studying Music Education with a choral emphasis. I love opera as well as musical theater and have loved participating in various shows for the past few years. Some of my favorite productions I've been in include: "The Magic Flute," "Cosi Fan Tutte," "Almost, Maine," "Steel Magnolias," and "I Never Saw Another Butterfly." Two years ago I had the opportunity to direct a one-act play called "E(U)ntitled." I also play the piano and enjoy reading, tap dancing, and baking yummy muffins. I've had the opportunity to be a member of the BYU Women's Chorus for two years and have developed an even greater love for choral music. I am a happy, bubbly person and love bright colors (especially yellow and pink). I am serving an LDS mission in the fall to West Virginia.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me have joy! Because I have read the scriptures, I understand that the purpose of this life is to prepare to meet God. I know that if I repent and do all that the Lord asks of me, I can return to live with Him and my family for all eternity. It is this knowledge that brings me so much joy and comfort. I do not know what I would do without that beautiful knowledge! Because of the gospel as taught by Jesus Christ, I know that by the power of His infinite Atonement, all that is unfair about this life will be made right in the life to come.Believing in this gospel gives so much perspective to life. The gospel has taught me that I am a child of God, that I came to earth to be tested if I would choose to follow the Lord, that after this life I will stand before God and be judged of my works, and then if I have proven worthy I may live with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ forever. I am a Mormon because I believe in Christ! Because I believe in Christ, I know that I can only return to live with Him once again if I follow his commandments and repent to become clean. I am a Mormon because I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know the Book of Mormon is the true word of God and that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God. I know that Christ performed a perfect Atonement and descended below all of our sins, weaknesses, and trials. I know that He rose again on the third day so that all men may be resurrected and thereby overcome physical death. I know that He loves each one of us and desires us to return to live with Him once more, but this is only possible if we remain faithful to His commandments. I know that Christ restricts no one from coming unto Him, and by the power of the Holy Ghost anyone may know of the reality of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith just by doing the simple things the Lord asks all of us to do each day--to pray to Heavenly Father morning and night, to read the Book of Mormon, and to have good thoughts and actions towards others. As I pray, I thank God for my many blessings and ask for whatever help others or I may need--such as a blessing of healing, comfort, confidence, strength to avoid temptation, or forgiveness of my sins. As I read the scriptures and apply the teachings in my every day life, I am able to be happier and full of love. By doing these things, I am able to have the companionship of the Holy Spirit and can better feel God's love for me. Each Sunday I attend church to partake of the sacrament and to learn from the talks and lessons taught in the church meetings. During the sacrament is when I take time to ponder how I can better live a Christlike life and I identify my behaviors and attitudes that I may need to change in order to draw closer to God. For the past year, my church calling has been to play the piano in one of the church meetings. This calling is inspired of God and church members are not paid for their service. I also have a calling to visit with two other sisters in my church to help with any physical, emotional, or spiritual needs they may have. I also live my faith by attending the temple about once or twice every two weeks. By doing this, my faith is strengthened and I am better able to understand God's love for me and also what God expects of me as one of His children. I also live my faith by listening to and heeding the words of our living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. Talks by him can easily be found on lds.org. I try to listen to his words often to remind me of my divine potential and also the many responsibilites I have as a disciple of Jesus Christ.