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Hi I'm Christine

I'm a mother of 4, grandmother to 8, an accountant, a musician, and a crafter extraordinare. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into this church, raised in it, but not truly converted until I was an adult. I have had struggles and trials, as anyone has, and those were the times when I truly gained my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel! I have many joyful times too, and I have felt my Savior's presence, reminding me of His love for me, reminding me to appreciate it all. I married at 19, had my first 3 children in 3 years, then waited 11 years to have my last. As a result, I was raising a child(ren) in my home for more than 30 years! And I wish I still was! There is nothing that makes a house a home like the sound of children! Thank heavens for the 8 wonderful grandchildren we now have! Our oldest is 15 1/2 and such an awesome example for the younger kids! I can't believe in a little more than 3 years, she will be serving a mission. I love to create! Whether it's singing beautiful songs, knitting, taking pictures, sewing, growing a garden, or spinning yarn on my spinning wheel, I feel the need to create all the time. I guess it helps draw me closer to our Heavenly Father, the original Creator! My husband and I are only a few years away from retirement. We have worked hard to be financially secure so that when we do retire, we can serve where the Lord needs us, through missionary service or where ever we are needed. If I can make just one persons life better each day, then I have purpose!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was born, my parents weren't active in the church. We had a good life, but it seemed my parents were always looking for more. When I was 6, a man my parents called bishop came to visit our home. He asked my mom to be organist in their brand new ward, but she told him she didn't have a piano to practice on. The next night he showed up with an old honky-tonk piano and gave it to us! We started going to church and I loved how I felt there! When I was 7 our family was sealed in the Los Angeles temple, and when I turned 8, I was baptized by my dad, his first baptism! Later we moved over a thousand miles away, literally starting over. It was a tough time for our family, but in the end we became closer and stronger. When I attended Ricks College, marriage was the furthest thing from my mind. Yet in 6 months I had found my eternal companion, and in 4 years we had 3 children! And here I was, city girl born and raised, living on a farm in southeastern Idaho! I struggled, not feeling like I fit in! Yet when I gave it a chance, I found the gospel was the same no matter where I lived, city or country! Now, 38 years later I can't imagine living anywhere else! This is where my spirit has blossomed and grown and where my creativity and taken root! The most important thing I've learned is that I am the master of my own destiny. No matter where we come from, or what we've been through, we can choose to let it help us grow or hold us back. Through the atonement of our Savior, every day is a 'do over', a chance to do a little better, be a little stronger, to grow our faith. I love the quote from Elder Holland that says something to the effect of even if we don't succeed each day, we get credit for trying!

How I live my faith

Right now I'm the choir director. I have been involved in musical callings most of my life, and that's where I'm the most comfortable. Music is a natural expression of our testimonies and I am so thankful I can share it. And when I was teaching music in primary, I was truly in my happy place! I hope to be 90 years old and still hobbling into primary to teach! That is heaven on earth! I have served in every organization in the church over the years! I have to say the calling that probably surprised me the most was Cubmaster, when I was 52 years old! I thought that there wasn't anything I did that those boys would like! But I was wrong! And now, as I watch those boys performing priesthood ordinances and getting ready to serve missions, I feel so much love for them and am thankful to be part of their lives!

What do Mormons believe about family?

Families are at the core of our beliefs. We believe the family unit to be the strongest bond we have and through sealing of that unit in the house of the Lord, the temple, we believe we can be together forever. As someone who has lost her parents in this life, it is such a comfort to know that I will be reunited with them again someday! What a reunion that will be! Show more Show less