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Hi I'm Kristina

I'm a friend. I'm a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well, to tell you the truth I'm still growing and learning who I am. I think I have my self figured out, then I learn something new. Such is life, isn't it? What I do know is I love my family, I believe in treating all people with respect, and learning is my biggest hobby. Most importantly I know that God is my heavenly father and Jesus Christ is my savior.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both born into a member family, and so was I. I am grateful to my parents for raising me right. Still though, at some point, every one of us must decide which path we want to take. I have chosen this path beacuse I know it is the only way to return to God. He designed it. God is watching over us taking care of us. I know that many times I have felt the tender mercies of the Lord. I know that he is guiding my every step and, as long as I listen to him, I will forever be safe despite life's chaos. I love this church because of the correct and clear understanding it gives me of the Savior's atonement. I have faith in a Savior who loves me and has the desire to see me home again. Through the atonement of Jesus Christ, I know I can return to live with God again. I say this because I know that this is God's one chruch on the earth with his power and authority. It is the same church Jesus Christ established when he was here 2000 years ago. It teaches Christ's teachings-- not those of men. I know all this because the Holy Ghost has touched my heart and confirmed that this is way to eternal life-- a joyful life that never ends. This understanding has brought security to my life and by living it I stay hopeful and optimistic despite the uphill, windy, rainy days.

How I live my faith

Wouldn't it be nice to say, "How don't I live my faith?" But, I recognize how imperfect I am! Still, I hope that people can come to know Jesus Christ and his teachings by how I live. - Treasure family: learning from those in the past, connecting with the present, preparing for the future - Invite friends to come to various church activities (I really wish you'd come!) - Vote according to my morals - Post motivational quotations in my bathroom - Read scriptures and pray every day - Visit my favorite "aged and wise" couple - Pick up trash in the path - Clean other people's houses (weird fact: cleaning is therapeutic!) - Post on social media my thoughts and testimony - Wear clothing that shows respect for God's gift - Speak clean and uplifting language (Goal 2016: not listening to or speaking gossip!) - Use my gifts and talents to help others - Stay in touch with friends - Collect and put away stray shopping carts (Thanks, Dad for teaching me this one.) - Keep a picture of Christ in my bedroom - Attend church on Sunday - Journal to recount the day's miracles - Smile - Express gratitude - Try and be a little more Christ-like each day (That about sums it up!)

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Kristina
WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU AT CHURCH!! Worship services are open to anyone. We ask that you wear your best Sunday dress, but we're more concerned about you than your clothes. Our services consist of three one-hour meetings. Normally church starts with a family meeting where we listen to a few of the members of the congregation speak. As a congregation we sing songs and participate in the sacrament. The sacrament is a reminder to us who have been baptized to keep our promises to God. During the sacrament we sit in silence for a few minutes and think about the Savior and what we need to personally better in order to be better followers of Christ. After that we have a classes for different age groups. Children up to 12 attend Primary and teenagers have their own classes based on their age. Then, anyone 19 and up attends an adult class. In each of the classes people learn the basic doctrines of the church and study the scriptures. For the third hour the children stay in Primary. Teenagers go to Young Men and Young Women meetings where they learn more, and adults do the same thing in Priesthood (men) and Relief Society (women) meetings. There are a lot of terms and names in the church, but don't let that overwhelm you. We would just love to see you and hope you will find friends. This site can tell you where to find a meeting house. And, if you need help getting there, the missionaries can help find a friend and a ride. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Kristina
Yes, Christ did come to the Americas. The Book of Mormon is a record of children of God on the American continent. These are some of the "other sheep" Christ refered to as recorded in the New Testament. God (Heavenly Father) loves all people. Christ too loves all people and will always lead and guide them. The people of the Book of Mormon recorded Christ coming to visit them. He showed his hands and his feet as evidence that he was indeed the long awaited Savior that had been prophesied of since the beginning of time. He healed the sick, blessed the children, taught the people, and established his church on the American continent. The Book of Mormon, much like the Bible, testifies of the coming of Christ. It contains the fullness of Christ's teachings and is evidence of God's continual, consistent love for all people. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Kristina
Test your faith. Faith is like the muscles in your body. You have to nourish them with the right nutrients to give them stength and keep them healthy. But, in order to expand their strength you must test your limits, like lifting heavier weights until those become easy. Little by little you add more weight because your muscles are becoming stronger. Faith is much the same way. You must nourish your faith with the true word of God. Feast on the word of Christ and know his gospel. You will be given trials that will test your ability to trust in him-- love them, cherish them. "Whom the Lord loves he chasteneth," or in other words, whom the Lord loves he tests. However, he also expects you to push yourself to become better. You know when you're making mistakes. Repent, or ask for forgiveness, and choose to become better. Don't fall to temptation. C.S. Lewis, a famous British author, said, the man who knows temptation the best is the man who resists it the most. Mere Christianity Look for ways you can improve, ask God for help, and you will find that he will strengthen it as you trust in him. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Kristina
Absolutely not. We worship God, our Eternal Father, and Jesus Christ, our Savior. Joseph is a prophet-- meaning he had the same responsibilities as Moses, Joseph, Noah, Adam, Isaiah, etc. to be God's spokesman on earth to anyone who is willing to listen. You hear a lot about Joseph Smith because of our gratitude. We are grateful that he dedicated his life to God's purposes. He is as great as any other man who has determined to fully put his life in the hands of God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Kristina
Jesus taught us to be fishers of men. That requires action. We also know that our message is true and EVERYONE needs it-- even if they don't think so. We know that the message missionaries bring will bless the lives of everyone who chooses to act. Missionaries spend 18 months to 2 years of their lives dedicatiing themselves fulltime to the work of God. No pay, no vacation, but instead are repaid abudantly with the joy that the gospel brings as it is shared with those they come to know and love. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Kristina
Mormon is a nickname given to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are Christians who believe in following the word of God as taught in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the words of modern day prophets. They are very normal people who are concerned with helping those around them through the teachings of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Kristina
No. The church encourages people wherever they live to uphold wholesome, uplifiting values as taught by Jesus Christ. We are encouraged to actively participate in politcal, government, and community affairs in order to make a praisworthy contribution to our fellowmen. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Kristina
Being a Mormon is whatever you decide to make of it. God has sent us here to be joyful. So, if you want to fulfil that purpose you decide to be happy. Happiness comes from following the commandments of God-- that's what they are there for. Many people hesitate to become Mormon because of "all the rules." Honestly, nothing is more valuable than the peace that naturally comes from being obedient to the laws. It's like the guard rails along the edge of a curvely mountain road. They are there to protect us so we don't get to close to the edge. At the same time though, don't play with along the guard rails because it's easy to trip and fall when you are careless about what's there to protect you. Example: A law of life: Don't spend more than you earn. If you do, you don't have to pay more money later, you have less stress about money, and you gain self respect because you chose to be disciplined. Should you choose not to obey that law you can look forward to juggling bills, more stress, spending extra money, and frustration. Looks like an easy choice to me. Show more Show less