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Hi I'm Crystal

I've traveled the world, but my favorite place is home. I like power outages, family time, and board games. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Japanese American that grew up in a small town in Oregon. I've always loved nature, traveling, family, and history. By the time I was in High School I had been to 8 countries. What I love about traveling is to see many different cultures but recognize that there is something that makes us all similar. We are God's children. I love the beautiful Earth that we live on. I try every day to find little miracles that God gives me. I have always believed that the greatest medicine is Service. When you serve others you forget about yourself and start to see them the way God sees them. And you will come to find that you always receive more an you give. Family is one of the most important things in my life. Every since I was little I've loved family time, especially when there is a power outage. My family would gather in the living room and share stories, play board games. Those were always the best of times. Not only do I love my family that I get to see every day, but I'm very grateful for my ancestors. Since 8th grade I've always loved to study about my heritage in both Japan and America. I have so many great examples from both sides of the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it just makes sense. God loves his children always. He is trying to give us blessings and wants us to return to him. Why would he have prophets in the time of the Bible but not now. God doesn't change. I've read the Bible and the Book of Mormon, I've prayed to God the Eternal Father in the name of Jesus Christ and found out for myself that it is true. He will answer, it takes time, patience, pondering, studying, and we have to have the desire to act upon our answer.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to becomes a better person everyday and by serving others. In the Bible there are many accounts of Jesus Christ helping, blessing, and encouraging people. I try to go about my day asking myself " what would Jesus do". There is a talk written by a current apostle, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, which I love, here is part of it, "A story is told that during the bombing of a city in World War II, a large statue of Jesus Christ was severely damaged. When the townspeople found the statue among the rubble, they mourned because it had been a beloved symbol of their faith and of God’s presence in their lives. Experts were able to repair most of the statue, but its hands had been damaged so severely that they could not be restored. Some suggested that they hire a sculptor to make new hands, but others wanted to leave it as it was--a permanent reminder of the tragedy of war. Ultimately, the statue remained without hands. However, the people of the city added on the base of the statue of Jesus Christ a sign with these words: “You are my hands.” We Are the Hands of Christ There is a profound lesson in this story. When I think of the Savior, I often picture Him with hands outstretched, reaching out to comfort, heal, bless, and love. And He always talked with, never down to, people. He loved the humble and the meek and walked among them, ministering to them and offering hope and salvation. That is what He did during His mortal life; it is what He would be doing if He were living among us today; and it is what we should be doing as His disciples and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As we emulate His perfect example, our hands can become His hands; our eyes, His eyes; our heart, His heart." I really try to be the Savior's hands everyday. I know that God uses us to bless others lives. I've seen it in my own life so many times and I'm grateful for the people who have blessed my life.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is all about being a better you. Everything in this life is a choice. I choose to follow the straight and narrow path because it follows the standards that I want to live. It is like driving speed limit or 15 miles over. When you are going faster than you are supposed to you get stressed out that you will be pulled over at any second. Driving speed limit there is no worry. With the standards that I set for myself I never have to worry about worldly things and I can spend my time on more important matters. I am working on my having better relationships with my siblings and parents. I enjoy my daily scripture study and working my personal relationship with my Heavenly Father. Show more Show less