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Hi I'm Kristin

I'm from Mississippi. I'm independent, open minded, and outspoken. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am, first and foremost, a mom to a loving little boy, whom we refer to as The Beast. My husband and I basically spend our days running after him. I am also a freelance writer and blogger who enjoys cooking, eating, refurbishing furniture, reading, and watching movies.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 18, I came to a sort of crossroads. My wonderful parents raised my siblings and me in a different Christian religion. They are very devout and taught me how to be loving, kind, faithful, honest, and virtuous. But I also had questions about my faith and sought answers through prayer. I struggled with those questions for a long time. Since I was dating a member of the Mormon church at that time, I began to ask questions about his own faith. My interest was piqued and after much prayer, I came to the conclusion that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the true Church of Christ--a continuation of the gospel that was on the earth during Christ's ministry. Even more important than why I joined the church, however, is why I continue to remain a faithful member. Through all of my highs and lows, I simply cannot deny the answers I have received repeatedly in prayer. Simply put, I know this church is true. I know I belong in it. I know I've made the right choice, and as long as I continue to follow the commandments and remain true to the virtues my parents taught me, then I will never lose sight of that.  

How I live my faith

I currently serve on a committee that arranges social events for our women's organization. I also visit three women each month, to make sure they have what they need spiritually and temporally. Of course, we go to church each Sunday and attend Sunday School and other meetings as well. 

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Kristin
I believe this stems mainly from ignorance and confusion. Most people simply don't know much about the Church, and the information they do get is often biased or just completely unrelated to our faith. There are several groups who refer to themselves as "fundamentalist" Mormons. They usually practice polygamy and seclude themselves from outside society. It is very important to understand that these groups, although they often use the name "Mormon" are in no way related to the Mormon Church. Any member of our church who practices polygamy is excommunicated, and cannot rejoin until they have repented and no longer practice it. When I joined the Mormon Church, my mom was terrified, because she thought I had joined a cult. Nothing I said could appease her. She "knew someone who knew someone who knew a Mormon who did x, y, and z." And so it goes. Thankfully, I think I have proved sufficiently in the years since that she has nothing to worry about. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Kristin
This is one of my favorite questions that many people ask, because I'm always so eager to explain it! We believe men and women have different but equal responsibilities. While only men can "hold" the priesthood, numerous church leaders have explained that "men have no greater claim than women upon the blessings that issue from the Priesthood and accompany its possession." They have also explained that men also NEED the priesthood to make them more compassionate and loving. The Priesthood comes with many responsibilities and duties, and it requires patience, love, and kindness to fulfill them. Women have many roles in the church and are seen as equal with men. We can teach Sunday School for both adults and children, we head the women's organization Relief Society, offer prayers, give speeches or "talks" in church, and even serve as Cub Scout leaders! To be more frank, I believe very strongly in the equal rights of women, and those beliefs are not only upheld, but encouraged by the Mormon church.  Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Kristin
The official name of the Mormon Church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as many members will point out to those who ask if we believe in Jesus Christ! He is more than a namesake, however. We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, Savior of the world, the Messiah, Jehovah, the Only Begotten of the Father, the Good Shepherd, and any other title He holds. He is the head of our church, its cornerstone. Without Christ, we have nothing. Show more Show less