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Hi I'm Christi

I'm a mother, I'm a quilter, I love to work in the kitchen and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Utah, surrounded by family and faithful members of the LDS Church. I loved knowing these small-town folks and many of them had a great influence for good in my life. As an adult I have lived in several places in Utah and outside of Utah. I have met wonderful people in all these places. I enjoy raising my family, reading, cooking and quilting. I love to travel and see new places and learn about the history of our world. My favorite vacation spot is the beach. I love the smell of the salty air and the vastness of the ocean. When I look out at the waves I can't help but shout "thank you" to the Great Creator for making such a beautiful world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family but it took many years for me to be truly converted. I always did what my parents asked of me. I went to church without question. I did everything I was supposed to but it wasn't until I was an adult that my heart felt that conversion. I had lived in Utah my whole life, around people who either believed what I did or knew what I believed. I was never questioned about what I believe. I moved away to another state after I got married. I got a job and expected to just work to support me and my husband while he went to school. I didn't realize that to everyone else I seemed so different. Pretty soon my co-workers started to ask me a lot of questions about my religion. To be honest, I didn't know some of the answers. When that happened I felt a desire to find out why we believe that. It gave me an opportunity to look at things from a different angle and as I studied the pieces of the puzzle started to come together for me. I had always believed it to be true but I never took the time to find out why. When I did take the time, I became truly converted. Another reason I am LDS is because His gospel teaches me I can have a relationship with God. I have been taught since I was a child that I am a daughter of a Heavenly Being. This gives my soul value and validation. I am who I am because of Him. He knows me better than I know myself and He has my best interest at heart. There have been so many times when I have called on Him for help and my prayer is answered right away. This tells me He is there and He knows my needs. I am important to Him and when I know that, I feel a power inside me.

How I live my faith

I love how everyone has different talents. I try to serve in a way that I can use my talents to help others. One of my favorite things to do is have people in my home. Over the years I have hosted many types of gatherings including play dates, brunches, dinners, book clubs, baby and bridal showers, and holiday parties. And what gathering is complete without some kind of food to bring us together? I love cooking and baking and that is one way I can serve others. Quilting is my favorite hobby and anytime I can incorporate that into a service project it brings me joy. I have made many quilts and receiving blankets for newborn babies, donated materials and time for service projects, made quilts for friends and spent time helping others learn to quilt. Another capacity in which I serve is at church on Sunday where I teach Sunday school lessons to the youth of our church. I spend time preparing lessons that will help them learn the scriptures and make good choices in their lives. I try to teach in a way that they will enjoy learning. That means knowing each person and what their interests are. Now that I have children in school I find many opportunities to help out and volunteer at the school. This helps the teacher and it also lets my children know that I care about their education. Service can sometimes be difficult. It takes time and in most cases, some kind of sacrifice. However, it never goes unrewarded. I find that I feel happy and satisfied with my life when I perform meaningful service.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Christi
After hurricane Katrina, the members of our congregation were eager to help. We were asked to provide a certain number of volunteers to help with clean up. We were all eager to assist and we had more people who wanted to help than could go. We all found our ways to help though. Some donated money, some donated food, some donated supplies and tools. One woman from our congregation called some of us together to prepare and package the food that would be sent with the volunteers. Since there would be no electricity in the town where they were going, we had to have all the food made and packaged so they could eat it without doing a lot of extra work. When the volunteers came back they talked about how nice it was that the food was all cooked and ready to eat. There were no restaurants open and they were sleeping in tents. They were able to do more work that some of the other groups because we had taken the time to prepare good meals for them that they didn't have to spend time cooking. When disaster strikes it's natural to want to help. We can't always be the one there cleaning up the mess or tending to the wounded and weary but there is always a way to help. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has become very efficient in their humanitarian aid. Show more Show less