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Hi I'm Kristen

I'm a goof-off, retired court reporter, wife, and mother of three children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

At heart, I am an adventurer who is full of life and laughs. In my youth, I did gymnastics, rode motorcycles, hiked mountains, camped, went snow skiing, water skiing, and always had an appreciation for beautiful scenery. I love music, the outdoors, linguistics, history and genealogy. I retired from my court reporting career after my second child was born, and have been a stay-at-home mother since then. I don't regret a second of it. You could say that I've eaten at the "trial buffet"; my parent's divorce, a daughter's cancer, my father's dementia and eventually my own health issues which may as well have been an episode of "Mystery Diagnosis." Through all my trials, I have learned empathy and the meaning of "the pure love of Christ." I have learned that it is important to focus on what I can do rather than what I cannot do. I have learned that Heavenly Father gave me the perfect example to follow through his son, Jesus Christ. I have learned to be patient and never give up.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I choose to be. I have a testimony of the gospel. I grew up with one parent without religious faith and the other who always believed. I believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored by Joseph Smith, that he saw Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. I have a testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the sincere empathy he had for his brother Alvin who died from a serious illness. I know that Joseph was given trials because he would one day be the Lord's Prophet on the earth and would restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that the Lord allowed trials in Joseph's life so he would have the strength and the empathy to properly care for Heavenly Father's children and to testify of the truth. I know that through Joseph's trials, he was able to stay strong even against the naysayers and that because of those trials, he could always remember that as long as what he knew and God knew as truth were in alignment, that negative rumors did not matter. I know that Heavenly Father allows us to go through trials to help us learn and grow so that we might better help one another navigate this life and learn of him. I know that he answers prayers and that he always listens. I know that if we endure to the end, we will be blessed, and our children and grandchildren will be blessed through our examples. I know that we have a Prophet on the earth today who leads and guides us as he relies on the Lord to direct him. I know that the Lord loves all of his children and wants each of them to have the opportunity to receive a knowledge of the gospel and to choose for themselves. I have a testimony of families and the importance our Heavenly Father places on them. I have a testimony that Heavenly Father knows all things and that I can rely on the guidance of the Prophet with the promptings of the Holy Ghost to guide me in all that I do. I testify that he loves you and me equally and that he wants all to return to him.

How I live my faith

I am a visiting teacher. I wouldn't call it a job as much as an assignment to make new friends. I'm assigned a number of sisters in my ward to visit each month. I am able to make friends in my church because I'm able to serve them immediately. If one of my sisters is in need of help, I'm able to offer help or find resources to help her get through that trial. I serve as the ward historian, keeping history of the noteworthy things that members of my church ward do within the church as well as in the community. My family participates in fundraising activities for cancer in the community. I have a soft spot for people with health issues and an abundance of empathy. I have patience and understanding when helping others to traverse the landscape of physical illness. I believe in protecting our children and respecting our elders. Genealogy is one of my favorite hobbies. I immerse myself in finding new names so they can be taken to the temple. When I pass into the next life, I think I will instantly know many of my husband's ancestors and my ancestors whom I have never seen because I have gotten to know them already through genealogy research.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes, I do. I believe that God loves his children equally and this means his children back in Moses' time as well as those living today. Because he loves us, he has provided us a Prophet the same as he did in Moses' time. Show more Show less