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Hi I'm Chrissy

I'm a wife and mother who loves reading with my kids, teaching piano lessons, and enjoying the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married in 2000, and became a mother in 2003. I've studied art, child development, and music. I've traveled to many countries with my family, and really love learning about other cultures. I spend most of my time supporting my family at home. I volunteer at the school, teach piano lessons, cook and do endless amounts of laundry. I really love reading with my kids. For fun I love to be outdoors, hiking, camping, fishing, skiing, or gardening.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and I have amazing parents. I was taught well the principles of the gospel, and I believed them always. But when I was a young teenager, I felt I was missing something. I felt like I should feel more deeply, and my relationship with the Savior seemed distant. I am the oldest child in my family, and when I was 14 we discovered that my younger brother who was 8 had cancer. It was pretty bad, and the next three years were very up and down. He went through a bone marrow transplant, years of chemo therapy, and even spent one Christmas in an induced coma. I felt dark during this time, though there were glimpses of light as I prayed for my brothers life. When I was 16 he passed away. My knowledge of the plan of salvation brought me peace, but I was grieving, and I wanted to be sad. I didn't want to move forward without him. I was afraid my future children would never understand what he meant to me. After the funeral was over, and I was back in school, I suddenly felt the spirit surround me so strongly it was like pudding. And I wanted that spirit of comfort to stay with me, so I had to make some changes. I changed the music I listened to, the way I dressed, the way I talked, because I could feel the spirit fade when I went in the wrong direction. The steps that I took in the right direction have brought me peace and joy. Teaching my children about my brothers life has given us a spiritual connection to heaven that has been more meaningful than I could have imagined. That spirit has remained with me. I am grateful that I experienced the absence of joy for a time, because it has made me appreciate what I have so much more.

How I live my faith

I have found a lot of happiness and satisfaction in my opportunities to serve others. I am the children's music director in our ward. I find myself humming the primary songs throughout the day, and I see the faces of the children in my mind. Their personalities give individual style to the songs we sing, and we all feel the spirit together when we are having fun and worshiping through song. It brings the spirit into my life, and I have purpose when I live my life for others. I have loved all of the ways I've been asked to serve in the church. Sometimes my responsibilities are suited to my talents, and sometimes they're not. I'm so grateful that you don't have to be talented or trained to be given an opportunity to serve in the church. I have grown so much because I was given a chance to try something new.