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Hi I'm Kristen

I grew up in Utah/Idaho. I break and train horses. I like an action packed life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the city, but moved to rural Idaho when I was in my early teenage years. Living in Idaho has been good for me, as it allowed me to discover that I absolutely love the outdoors. I love hiking, swimming, snowboarding, playing sports, riding horses, and just being outside in general. When I graduated high school, I decided to branch out by working in places such as Arizona and Wyoming. In Wyoming, I had the opportunity to work on a dude ranch, where I discovered I found joy and had a talent in working with horses. Ever since then I've worked breaking and training horses, while attending college. I am currently working toward a degree in Paramedicine.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a house where my parents were VERY steady in the church. As a child, it was just the way life was, and I never really thought much of it or asked many questions about the gospel or why we lived the teachings of the church. As I got older, I started to question things and why, even though my parents lived the teachings of the church, I should do it. I had the beginnings of a testimony, but I hadn't genuinely felt the surety that I thought a testimony was supposed to bring. I started exploring other religions, and I found that I was REALLY interested in the differences between the Mormon church, and other religions. I had the opportunity to go on a six week study abroad where we got to see the history of Christianity and how it was the foundation for the things that I believe. My testimony started to grow, little by little, of the fact that the church is true, but I thought I was looking for some kind of huge awakening moment. One day as I was working in Wyoming, a coworker decided he had a few question to ask me about Mormons. We had a short discussion, and there came a point where I had to defend something I believed and explain why. I'd never really experienced that before, but when the time came, there wasn't a doubt in my mind that I believed that the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints were true, and that I had a testimony of this. Since then, there have been days where my heart has been more open than others. I still find other religions fascinating, and am always trying to learn more about how religions are similar or different to my own. I have days where I feel the fire, and days where I question my testimony of the gospel, but in the end it doesn't matter. I am not a member of this church because my parents expect it of me or because that's what my friends believe. I am a Mormon because I have a relationship with God as my Father, and I believe that being a Mormon helps me to be the best person I can be in my life.

How I live my faith

I have been called in my ward as a "visiting teaching coordinator" which means that I get to talk to the girls in my ward on a regular basis about how they are doing in life, school, and church. It gives me an opportunity to get to know them on a more personal level, and to share my beliefs and experiences with them in a very relaxed and informal way. As the coordinator, I get to help the girls in my ward experience this with one another. It's something that I've really enjoyed, because it gives me a chance to make friends in a college environment with girls from all walks of life. In the past, I've had the opportunity to serve in leadership positions, as a camp counsellor, as a music director, and as a social media director. In serving with these callings, I've learned so many skills that help me with my every day life. It's really cool to be able to take things from church on more than a spiritual level.