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Hi I'm Kristin Coggins

I'm 19. I'm a swimmer. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am one of three girls in my family. I swim club at James Madison University and am a Health Science Major studying Occupational Therapy. I am serving the Lord in the Samoa Apia Mission preaching the gospel in the Samoan language. Talofa!

Why I am a Mormon

Being raised in the church, there came a time where I needed to gain my own testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I took the challenge to read the Book of Mormon cover to cover and ask my Father in Heaven if these things that I was reading were true. I know that they are. I have worked very hard (and still am not perfect) at creating a habit of reading the scriptures each day. Although the wording and the parable-way of teaching can often times be confusing and hard to understand, I do know that the Lord blesses us for our obedience so I continued to read and to pray. The Holy Spirit continually testifies to me that these things found in the scriptures are true, and that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, and goes hand-in-hand with the Bible. My faith was surely tested as I attended a non-LDS university. Being at JMU, I was no longer surrounded by a large community of members of the church. I found it a struggle every single day to live the standards of the Lord and fell short countless times. But, because of the power of the Atonement and the love that I know the Savior has for me, I have been able to turn my life back to Him and be a witness to others. I know that this church is true, and that Heavenly Fathers is in the very details of our lives - I have seen it!

How I live my faith

I was baptized at the age of 8 and have attended church throughout my whole life. I served in many leadership positions throughout our youth program - Young Women's and also served as the chorister for our congregation. For a few years I have been a visiting teacher where I've been able to help serve and fellowship the women in my ward and in my community. I am now very excited to be serving the Lord as a full-time missionary in Samoa teaching in the Samoan Language!