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Hi I'm Kristen Zabriskie

I'm a wife, and a mother of three, an actress, lighting designer, and a Stage Manager. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

All my life I have been surrounded by theatre. My dad is a high school drama teacher, so I was raised knowing how tough the industry is and how much fun you can have. Eventually I went to Casper College in WY and got two degrees, Theatre Performance and Technical Theatre. Theatre is also how I met my husband. I would go to a family's house every Sunday for dinner and he just happened to come and visit 10 days from getting off his mission. We hit it off and got married six months later. Four weeks after getting married we found out that we got another wedding present, a honeymoon baby! We've been married four years and now have three children, two boys and a baby girl. I get to stay home with my kids and babysit three neighbor kids. Every now and then I am able to do little guest artist jobs on the side with the local schools' plays. Our life is crazy, but we still manage to find fun whether it's outdoors or playing hide and go seek with the kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member my whole life, baptized at age eight, graduated primary and moved on to Young Womens when I was twelve. I had always relied on my parents' testimonies as a child and I knew that they knew it was the true gospel. There are so many memories of me finding my testimony and learning the truth, that to be honest, I don't know when I started having my own and not needing to look at my parent's for the truth. I do know exactly when I decided that I will never leave the church and stay strong. It was when I left home to college in WY. There were five of us that went from Utah, but I was the only active member in our little group of friends. I went to church and really struggled, because I didn't click with anyone in the singles ward. Because I was a theatre major, I wasn't able to go to most of the activities. I was able to go to church on Sundays and that was about it. I finally turned to the Lord and asked him for strength. I relied on my testimony and focused on the gospel more and not on how many friends I had. One of my new theatre friends was an inactive from Southern Utah and invited me to go to this LDS Family's home that feeds some theatre kids every Sunday. That family became my second family and helped me stay active and hold tight to my testimony. That house is where I met my husband! Heavenly Father answered my prayer in his time and it has changed my life forever! I love this gospel and the happiness it brings!

How I live my faith

Every day I live my faith. Our leaders have challenged the mothers to teach our children and bring the spirit into our home. Every day I strive to do so and every day is a struggle. Somedays I can have a nice talk about Jesus with my three year old and other times I'm wrestling all three kids down so we can have a simple bed time prayer. To top it off, my husband and I are Cub Scout Masters for our ward and have our visiting teaching and home teaching callings. Life gets tough, the baby doesn't want to be put down, we have the Blue and Gold Banquet in an hour, and we're trying to potty train our second son. But when I feel like giving up I look at a plaque we got as a wedding gift: "Faith doesn't make life easy, Faith makes life possible." Being a Mormon is hard work, but it's only a sliver of what our Savior has done for us. All I can do is try and have faith that the Savior will fill in the rest.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Kristen Zabriskie
Our prophet today is President Thomas S. Monson. He didn't volunteer or go to school to be the prophet, he was called through the keys of the priesthood;called from God. President Monson counsels with the Lord and then teaches the people what the Lord would have us know. Just like any calling in the church, he is not paid to be our prophet, but serves us with love. I know that President Monson is a true Prophet of God, because I have fasted and prayed and received an answer by the power of the Holy Ghost. I promise that if you listen to his words and pray with and open mind and open heart, you will get an answer too. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Kristen Zabriskie
We have been given a wonderful tool to answer this question called, "The Family: A Proclamation to the World." We are told that a Husband and Wife are equal partners. We each have a duty to love and teach our children right and wrong. The husband is responsible for the needs and protection of his family and the wife is in charge of nurturing the children. Some people think that Mormons make the husband go off to work and the wives have to stay home and keep having babies, but our church leaders have told us that that decision is between the couple and Heavenly Father. Basically we just need to make sure we are fulfilling our calling. Husbands need to make sure everything is being provided and that the family is safe physically and spiritually. Wives need to make sure the children are being taken care of. As long as the family is strong in the gospel and close to God, all family duties will be fulfilled the way they are intended to be. Show more Show less