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Hi I'm Kristi

I'm a native Floridian. I teach adults English as a second language. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After years as a stay at home mom, circumstances made it necessary to return to the workforce. Although I had a degree in Sociology, my earlier work experience had been as a secretary. As I looked for a job, I saw that advances in technology had caused the market in that field to shrink considerably. An opportunity to substitute in an ESL classroom came up and I took the chance. In just a short while, I realized that I had found my new path. I completed my CELTA certification and now work in an intensive English program helping foreign students get ready to complete their education in the United States. It's a challenging job, but I get to meet - and make friends with - people from all over the world.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a Mormon family, my parents weren't that active when I was a teenager. I was the youngest of 5 children and the only one left living at home. My two sisters were married and my brothers were away in college. Luckily, my older sister lived in the same area and attended our ward. It made it easier to go to church on my own because I knew that I would see her there. I became converted during this time when I realized that commandments weren't just some rules that God made up to keep us in line, but that they were, in reality, advice from a loving Heavenly Father. I believe that there are many eternal truths that have existed from the beginning with God. He didn't invent them, but he perfectly understands them. Because of that, He can guide us in the ways that will bring us the most peace and happiness in our lives. The doctrines of my church - of the plan of salvation, eternal families, continued revelation through modern prophets (to name a few) all make sense to me. I've never struggled to believe these concepts, but they have been challenged by others. At those times, I've prayed and received the sweet assurance of the spirit that they are true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in every breath I take. It's not something that I do on Sunday. It's part of my marriage. It's how I serve my elderly mother; it's part of how I interact with my grown children and their spouses. It's part of how I treat my students. Knowing that I lived with God before this life and every other person did too, gives me a strength and invaluable perspective. I stumble, but the spirit reminds me of what I know. I pray to be in tune with the spirit and to be able to follow Christ's example in all that I do. I look to the scriptures for insight. I attend church meetings which help me feel renewed, strengthened and motivated for the coming week and hopefully, I contribute to that happening for others who have come looking for that as well. Right now, my husband and I are ward missionaries. We join the missionaries as they teach those who are not of our faith. We support those who are new to our congregation - whether new in the gospel or just new to our ward. In the past, I have served as a ward Primary President (serving the children under 12), Young Women President (serving girls ages 12-18), Relief Society President (serving women over 18) as well as many other callings within those organizations. There's never a shortage of opportunities to serve! While we think of service as blessing others, I can say, from my own experience, that many more blessings have come back to me.