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Hi I'm Cristina Escobar

I am 17 years old. I live in Huntington Beach, California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Southern California, I am a Senior in High School, I am the 3rd child of a family with four kids. My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my friends and family, anywhere doing anything! I genuinely enjoy being around the people I love.

Why I am a Mormon

Living the gospel makes me happy, bottom line. The gospel in my life just makes everything easier and better. I have been in the same situations as some of my nonmember friends, like making hard decisions, and going through trials just like everyone else. But having the gospel to hold onto and guide me makes these decisions and trials so much easier. I've seen people who have gone through these things as well, but without the gospel and it's just so much harder on them. I cannot imagine my life without the gospel. I am who I am today because of it. It just makes sense to me and it feels right. I see the Lord's hand in my life every day and I know he loves me. I know I am a daughter of God and I understand what that means. I know the Holy Ghost is real because I've felt his confirmations. I know this church is true and I know that my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want me to live with them again.

How I live my faith

I spend every day at church, whether it's 5:45am seminary or 7pm mutual, most of my free time I am at church. I absolutely love love love going to church and I try going to every activity I can. The youth in my ward are my best friends and I love spending time with them and being around people with the same standards and beliefs as I do. I have multiple callings at church and I also serve in my community by being involved in activites at school. A lot of people have a religion, and they go to church on Sundays. But I think being Mormon isn't just a religion, it's not just something we do on Sundays, it's our lifestyle. Being Mormon affects every decision I make, being Mormon is a part of me, it's the way I live. Serving others and being involved in my community and the church makes me happy. Living the gospel makes me happy. I stay busy and I do a lot but I could not do any of these things without the gospel in my life. I can feel the Lord helping me every day in all that I do. With Faith and help from my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, I know I can do hard things. I strive every day to Choose the Right and live up to the gospel standards. I love living this gospel, the blessings I receive from living the gospel are incredible. Being a member of this church really truly does make me happy and I wouldn't want to live any other way.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Cristina Escobar
For me, I see God in every good thing there is. In the sunrises, and the sunsets. In children and babies. In happy people, I see God in every wave of the ocean. I see God when I look up at the night sky.I see God in all of nature, all of his creations. I see God when people smile at me. I see Him in all the good things that happen to me and in all the great people I come in contact with. But mostly I know there is a God because of all the answered prayers I've gotten. Whether it's helping me find a lost item, comforting me, or keeping someone I love safe. One time in particular, at a time in my life when I was feeling all alone, I prayed and asked Heavenly Father if he loved me, and immediately I felt such a strong warmth over come me. It was like I was getting a giant hug and I will never forget it. Ever since then, the knowledge I have of what it means to be a daughter of God who loves us, has been so clear to me. I know Heavenly Father always answers my prayers and is constantly putting his hand in my life and helping me out. I love Him, and to me there is just no way there isn't a God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Cristina Escobar
Family is everything. Family is the center of everything. We believe that we get to spend eternity with our families. Personally, my family is the most important thing to me. My siblings and I are very close and I consider them my best friends. Without my family I would not be who I am today. There are a lot of different types of families and every family is different. But to me, as long as we love eachother and stick together as a family, life will be better and we will have blessings. Friends come and go, life changes, people change, but Family is something that will always be. I am SO thankful for my family and I love them with all my heart and I am so thankful that because of this gospel familes can be together forever. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Cristina Escobar
Being Mormon isn't just a religion to me, it's my lifestyle. And I love every second of being a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This gospel has answers to life's biggest questions. Knowing where I come from, knowing where I'm going and how to get there, brings me peace. I believe that one of the greatest reasons for being here on Earth is so that we can experience joy. Knowing who I am, and that I am loved by my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ, helps me get through every trail life throws at me. Being a teenager, at a school where I am the only Mormon girl in my grade, I am indeed different! But I am righteously proud of who I am and what I stand for and I know I'm not alone. I have unbreakable bonds with other members of the church and I have so much fun spending time with them. The standards that we are encouraged to live make me feel protected and healthy. We are taught to have a heart full of love for everyone, and to strive to be the best kind of person we can be. I feel showered with blessings and I can see the Lords hand in my life every day. Being Mormon gives me a postive perspective on life and on other people. Everything good in my life comes from being Mormon. I know it, I love it and I live it. Show more Show less