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Hi I'm Kirsten

I'm a wife, a mom, a natural health advocate, and a liberty-loving realist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for almost 20 years, and am an "older" stay-at-home mom of two young kids. I homeschooled one of my kids until recently, and they are now both in regular elementary school. Currently, I am working hard on one of my bucket-list items - finishing my bachelor's degree (online). Wish I had done it ages ago when I had more energy! I have had a chronic illness (MS) for 25 years, which I have been blessed to manage through a healthy diet (vegetarian plus a few modifications). I was even a raw-food vegan for a while! I use many "alternative" techniques, and I'm a huge fan of homeopathics and herbal remedies for myself and my family. I love to try cooking new healthy recipes, as well as talking with people about natural health. I worked as a legal assistant/paralegal for many years before having children, but in my dream job, I would be an archaeologist or a professional genealogist. I love studying history, and I have a deep love for the Constitution of the United States and the principles of liberty enshrined therein. I love studying the gospel and learning about the scriptures and the people in them. My life has been richly blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, but I left the Church when I was a teenager due to peer pressure and many bad choices on my part. Unfortunately, the pull of the world had gotten a hold on me before my testimony was fully developed. Then, after 12 years of trying to manage my life "my way," I finally admitted that things were just not working. I began searching for the truth and tried out many other churches along the way, all the while praying for guidance. Eventually, Heavenly Father showed me in an unexpected and undeniable way that Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet, and that I needed to return to the LDS faith. That wasn't what I wanted to hear, but I did as he directed me and went to an LDS service the following Sunday. The feeling of being in that sacrament meeting was just like coming home. I felt warmth and love and incredible peace. That was 14 years ago, and I have been back to Church every week since then and never looked back! Life is still difficult sometimes, but my perspective has been opened up to take the long (eternal) view, and that brings meaning to every thing and to every experience. I am a Mormon because my faith is what makes everything else in my life possible.

How I live my faith

For the past three years, I was a cub scout den leader for the 8-year-old boys. That was quite an adventure...but I learned to love each scout and to appreciate the program. For a time, my husband and I served together as ward missionaries. We loved having a chance to work closely with the full-time missionaries in our ward, and to fellowship with and encourage those who are investigating the gospel. That calling provided many sweet experiences. I am now working as a young women's leader in my ward, working with the 12- and 13-year-old girls. It is so rewarding to see them grow and learn about the gospel, and claim these truths for themselves. I love searching out my family history, and then serving my ancestors and others by performing proxy ordinances for them in the temple