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Hi I'm Chris

My high school club raised funds to build a school in Venezuela with the Peace Corps. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was once a Carmelite novice. Leaving that, I married and had two children. Finding myself widowed young, I supported my family as a teacher of the gifted/talented. I then married a widower with two children. I became a professional home and office organizer, which helped strengthen families. When my husband retired, his part time profession as a family magician went full time. I now work for him. Our children are married and have children of their own. Life is very interesting and fun!

Why I am a Mormon

My first husband and I were Catholic. As tourists, we visited Nauvoo, Illinois. This is where Joseph Smith and the early Latter Day Saints built a beautiful city. We felt a peaceful, "at home" feeling there. Curious as to why they were expelled from the area and had to cross the plains, we got a library book about the "Mormons". While reading it, missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints stopped by. They asked to share a message about the Savior. We believed in and loved the Savior, so we invited them in. When they entered our home, we felt the peaceful, "at home" feeling enter with them. When they left, it left. We invited them back. They asked us to read the Book of Mormon. We knew about archealogical finds that proved biblical texts; why not read this? Tears came to our eyes as we realized the book was true scripture given to us by God. We loved the stories of the Savior's visit to the Americas after His resurrection. Then the missionaries told us about the Apostacy. After the Apostles died, people changed the Savior's church. It, and the authority to baptize, were not on the earth anymore. His church had to be restored through a prophet. It was, through the prophet Joseph Smith. Well, this was news to me! I quickly went to the library to study the history of Christianity. I got answers to my questions. My husband and I prayed to know if the church had been lost and restored. The Holy Ghost told us in our hearts and minds that it was. With joy, we were baptized about a month later in Nauvoo. I have been a member for 28 years. I have never known such health, personal growth, happy family relationships or knowledge. The gospel of Jesus Christ is true and brings happiness.

How I live my faith

Every morning, I read my scriptures and pray. I love the stories of the Savior going out each day and touching people. I ask Heavenly Father how I can touch someone today. It may be a phone call, a visit, a card, or something from my kitchen. There are family members, neighbors, elderly and others who need help. In the church, I oversee the monthly activity for women over 18. We learn about self reliance, finances, health, marriage and family relationships, literacy and education, and employment skills. Anyone in the neighborhood can come to these activities. My favorite are the community service projects. There is so much to learn and no age at which to stop!

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Chris
I became a "Mormon" at age 28. I was married and had 2 children. My lifestyle became healthier. Following God's commandments, we eat more nutritiously. We grow a garden. We protect our bodies from harmful subtances. I enjoy tremendous energy. My lifestyle choices became family oriented. I make decisions based on how they will affect my husband, children, and grandchildren- forever. The Church resources help us solve problems and have much fun together. My lifestyle is happy because I know how my Heavenly Father wants me to use my time. He has given me the freedom to choose from countless uplifting activities each day. As I do, I live with few regrets and more memories. My education (from church lessons and activities) in marriage, relationships, and homemaking could earn me several college degrees! By following principles taught by Jesus Christ, I became a valuable employee wherever I have worked. This increased our financial independence. The "Mormon" lifestlye is happy, healthy, and longlasting, affecting generations down the line. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Chris
Yes, we do. The Bible is included with modern day scriptures for our daily personal and family study. Our teenagers study it in seminary. Our Sunday School classes study the Old Testament one year; the New the next. College level courses are taught also. The Bible is quoted in our talks and sermons. My favorite books are Psalms and the four gospels. I am grateful to all those throughout history who sacrificed to record, preserve, and disseminate the Bible so I could have it today. Show more Show less

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

Chris
To me, the earth's beauty; the universe's magificence; the miracle of the human body; creatures and animals- they all testify of God's existence and qualities. As I study history, or the scriptures, I see Him bringing about His marvelous, happy plan for all of us. I know because His love is manifested in the kindness, thoughtfulness, and affection I feel from family members and friends. From the service that others do on my behalf every day. I also know He exists because I speak to Him in my own words. He answers me in feelings, thoughts, and miracles. He answers with comfort, assurance, and peace. I have felt His approval and encouragement, as I try to do good. I have felt His guidance. When I remember that I am literally His child, I recognize His divine qualities in a small degree in myself. Show more Show less