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Hi I'm Christine

I go by my life long nick name Teena or Teenalee. I am a Mormon and was blessed to serve as a missionary in Central Germany.

About Me

After serving a mission in Central Germany, I was able to complete 3 1/2 yrs. of collage, first majoring in Psychology, then Commercial Art. I worked for 3 years as secretary in two orthodontists offices and later as chair side for several dentists. More recently I worked 4 years for a local doctor as a medical researcher and assistant office manager. I have had the opportunity to serve in many capacities in the Church and have loved it and been greatly blessed because of it. I love serving in the Church and in my community and for my family. My husband and I are the parents of 7 children and we have 17 grand children with one more on the way. I love art, drawing and painting, crafts, crocheting, family history/genealogy--this is so rewarding, I love it. I love to travel and learn new things. I especially love research and love working with essential oils. And I love my grand children. I have been richly blessed as a member of the Church in many ways for which I am grateful. I would love to share my testimony with anyone who asks.

Why I am a Mormon

I had the opportunity to serve as a missionary in Central Germany. The language was difficult for me. I really struggled. Since we as missionaries (2 sisters together) had daily study time together, I decided I needed to learn the language better. The way I did it was to lay the German Book of Mormon in front of me and read it until I couldn't understand some of the words and then follow along with my English Book of Mormon. Long story short, by doing so, even though it took a long time to get through it, I began to realize what a marvelous thing I was reading. By the time I finished the book, I felt different, a different spirit was about me. I mean I wanted to know if what I was reading was indeed the truth. So this is what I did to find out for myself: In the last book of the B of M, there is a quote that shows the way to find out for yourself. I took the challenge. This quote is found in Moroni chapter 10: 4-5. I'll quote it for you in case you don't have a book to look at: "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, He will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." Isn't that powerful and to the point? The only way I know to find out! Ask with sincerity and believing in Christ. God the Father will answer you, not necessarily with a voice per Se but you will know in your heart, inside of you. That's how it worked for me, that's how I know that the Book of Mormon is truly the Word of God and that His church has been restored again on the earth in last these days and it was through the Prophet Joseph Smith, who translated the Book of Mormon through the power of the Holy Ghost. Sure that's a mouth full, but worth swallowing when you find out for yourself and worth it too.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite opportunities to serve in the Church has been as been as President of our Women's organization, the Relief Society. This means working with women of all ages 18 years and older, Being committed to helping when help is needed. This might include meals, comfort in trials, planning various activities and events for enjoyment as well as learning. Visits to homes of those who need it and try to bring joy into the lives of these women through a network of sisters who genuinely care about each other and are willing to help in any capacity. These opportunities are done from the heart without enumeration of any kind except the feeling of love and compassion they feel in return. Another service I have enjoyed doing is helping others find out about their family history/genealogy. This is so interesting and fun, as well as enlightening. Finding stories and pictures and "proofs" of family members who have passed on is something that is hard to quit. Meaning it is so fun and enriching, it's hard to stop. it really gives you a sense of belonging and a greater understanding of where you came from.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Christine
There is a strong tradition of missionary service in the Church. The Savior taught, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Church members consider it a privilege to show their love for other people and the Lord by sharing the gospel. Being a missionary was one of the most growing experiences of my life. It taught me a love for others I had never experienced before. I was able to see and feel the love and knowledge people developed when they realized that God had a plan for them and how much He truly loves all his children. There is so much more to life than just existence and getting by. Life can become so much richer and hopeful when we come to understand our purpose here on this earth, and many more great principles to help us feel that love. Show more Show less