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Hi I'm Kristi

I'm adopted and I'm happy I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I have five children and am blessed to stay home and take care of them. It's a busy, wonderful life! When I was a little girl I lived in the Samoan Islands for two years. My brother and sister are Samoan and we are all adopted. I have also lived in the USA and South Korea. I love to visit new places and meet people who will teach me about their culture and beliefs. I have a strong testimony that each person is a child of God. Biographies are my favorite non-scriptural reading material because I think real life is more amazing than fiction.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the warm feeling I get when I study the doctrines of this Church. I describe the feeling as "the warm chills" because that is the way it felt to me when I was first discovering my own testimony. Almost like goosebumps but in a good, tingly way. It's probably different for each person but I knew that there was a special feeling that came over me as I read the scriptures, then thought and prayed about them. I knew that I felt the same feeling when I was praying with my family and when I attended church meetings and activities. I also found that I did not have that same feeling when I attended the services of other religions. This did not happen to me all at once. It was gradual. Over time I noticed that I felt happier, more empowered to face challenges, and more fulfilled when I learned and applied the teachings of the latter-day saints. When I chose a different path than the one I had been taught, I found myself confused, disappointed, and unsure. The more I conform my life to the ideals of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the happier and more satisfied I became even during trials. Through my own experience I have learned that living my life this way makes me happy, helps me accomplish more and gives me a great sense of purpose. The best way to find out if what I have learned is true is to try it for yourself! Live the gospel for a week or month or whatever seems right to you. I promise, you won't regret it.

How I live my faith

Everything I do centers on my faith in Jesus Christ and I try to always live with him as my example. I love my family so I teach my children about the scriptures and show them how families can be together forever. We research our family tree online at www.familysearch.org and I volunteer to "index" records so more people can learn about their ancestors. You can volunteer too at www.familysearchindexing.org. Sharing my testimony with friends, neighbors, and people I meet is really exciting for me. I love to tell people how I feel about the Savior and I volunteer to teach with the missionaries each week. I'm active in my church's women's organization and I get to play the piano for children on Sunday. There are many opportunities for me to help people and I enjoy spending time visiting in their homes and serving them. The most important ways I live my faith are through daily prayers and scripture study. I also visit temples regularly. These habits help me feel God's love and that brings me so much peace! When I feel close to my Heavenly Father, it doesn't matter what challenges I have to face because I know he is with me and will teach, help, and guide my footsteps.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Kristi
The role of the husband is to be the Priesthood leader, the provider, protector and overseer of every function of the family. The role of the wife is to help and support her husband in making sure that the family functions cohesively and that each member fulfills their role. As the husband provides and protects, the wife is free to nurture the children and create a home that serves as a refuge from the cares of the world. Both parents are protectors, just in different ways. Both parents nurture the children and the two, together should be able to pool their talents and resources to guide the family through whatever trials and challenges they face. They key is that they do it together, each with their primary responsibilities but also with a willingness to run to the aid of the other when necessary. The most important roles of the husband and the wife is that they must develop strong, individual relationships with God and they must love the other spouse so much that their own comfort and happiness is nothing in comparison to the happiness of the other person. If a couple can do these things, they will experience true joy. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Kristi
When we go to the temple is it like stepping out of the world and taking a break from all of the pressures we live with. We go to the temple to serve others, to commune with God, and to remember how much we have to be grateful for and happy about. I'm sure others will explain what we do in the temples, but I want to share why I go and how I feel when I am there. Being there is like having a satellite link to my Heavenly Father. It is so peaceful that I can pray and feel the answers more quickly and stronger than when I am out in the world. When I go I am able to see clearly what my priorities should be and what is most important. My "to do" list falls into place (when, usually, I run around trying to do too much and don't always realize what should be done first). The temple helps me bring my life into focus. When I leave, I feel confident and energized. I have been reminded of my connection with God, and what he has sent me to do, so I feel assured that he will help me accomplish those things. I am like a battery that gets run down. Spending time in the temple recharges me. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Kristi
I'll answer this question by asking one When Jesus Christ decided to be baptized, why did he go all the way out into the wilderness to find John? The answer is that John had the authority to baptize. We read in the Bible that John's father had priesthood duties so we know that John had the Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood. This priesthood includes the authority to baptize. Priesthood is not just a decision and does not just happen when someone feels spiritual stirrings and decides they have a calling. Those things are good, but Priesthood is an actual power and authority that must be given through ordination. So, the reason that authority is so important in performing a baptism is because, as in all things, we follow the example of our Savior. He sought out John, who held the proper authority and we should do the same. Latter-day Saints claim that authority has been restored just as it was in Christ's day so our church is where that priesthood authorization exists. If you have been baptized before, gaining an understanding of why Jesus sought out John helps you understand that being baptized again, by someone with that authority, does not take away from the joy of the first baptism but adds to it the full joy, and power that Christ experienced when his Father was so pleased with him on the day of his baptism. Life's a journey! Baptism by priesthood authority is a great step on our journey home. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Kristi
It's a health code that protects us from being entrapped by addiction. God, knowing that physical addiction and less rigorous lifestyles would cause problems for people living in our day, revealed some commandments to help us avoid a lot of pain and suffering. Think about all the problems, pain and sorrow caused by alcoholism, tobacco, and other harmful substances! Just staying away from them means that people don't have to worry about the lies, abuse, financial problems, and other issues that stem from additive behaviors. That being said, while the Word of Wisdom specifically forbids the use of some substances, it encourages positive behaviors that support health and vigor. It's not the list of do's and don'ts that is most important. It's the spirit of this law: if something is not good for you, don't do it and if something is good for you then make it part of your regular regiment. Physical health is so important. We are all on different levels and all have our challenges but I know that Heavenly Father is pleased with us as we gain the self control to overcome cravings and temptations. He is definitely pleased when we show our gratitude for the physical body he blessed us with by taking good care of it. I have learned that great blessings come as we increase our obedience in this area. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Kristi
The same way you figure out if anything is right or true. Study it. Pray about it. Live as if you were a Mormon for a month and see how it makes you feel. I promise you that blessings will come into your life, coincidences will happen, and a peace (even amid trials) will burn in your heart. You will be able to handle things better and you will feel happier. To live the way members of the LDS Church live is to live the way of happiness. It doesn't mean problems go away, but knowing the truths that we know helps us to see the long view and that makes bearing the burdens of this life easier. Try it! You will see! Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Kristi
The Law of Chastity is a commandment. When we obey that commandment we are promised great blessings. To live a chaste life we must not participate in any sexual activity before marriage. Once married, the virtuous person would not participate in any sexual behavior outside of the marriage. Imagine all the pain and suffering that would be eliminated if everyone just kept this commandment. Really, it is a commandment that brings us great happiness and joy because if everyone chose to obey it then the abuse, betrayal, divorce, and infidelity that cause so many families to suffer and break apart would be eliminated. Living this law brings great peace and an increase of love between couples and within families. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Kristi
Faith is believing something and acting on it (whether it makes sense logically or not). It doesn't matter if you can't see the proof of something because you feel in your heart the truth of the matter. Faith is a belief that is strong enough to move a person to do something based on that belief. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Kristi
"Mormon Church" is a nickname because we read the Bible AND the Book of Mormon but the real name of our church is The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints. We don't mind being called "Mormons" as long as people understand that we know Jesus Christ is our Savior and that he is the centerpiece of all our beliefs. So, his name is a very important part of the name of our church. Another important part is "latter-day saints" because that is what members of our church strive to be. It is wonderful to be a member of the LDS Church because most of the members are striving to live with Christ as their example and treat each other as brothers and sisters. In fact, we call each other "brother" and "sister" when we are at church and when we call or see each other during the week. One really, really neat thing about our church is that wherever you go in the entire world you will find that the format of our meetings, the lessons that are taught, and the doctrine that is shared will be the same. The good feeling that people get in our meetings is also the same wherever you go, no matter what language is being spoken. Even when I visit other countries I enjoy the brotherhood that I feel when I go to church near my home. It is so comforting to always have a place where you belong... even if you are very far from where you actually belong! Show more Show less

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

Kristi
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he voluntarily came to earth, lived a perfect life, suffered all things in atoning for the sins of mankind and then allowed himself to be crucified as the ultimate sacrifice. We believe that he lives now as a resurrected being and is still working to do his Father's will. We believe that he and our Heavenly Father want us to learn of Christ, have faith in the atonement, feel sorrow for our sins, repent, change and work to live our lives the way that Christ lived his. He is our mediator, which means that when we repent and give up our sins and vices, he can ask Heavenly Father to forgive us. Jesus Christ is at the center of all of our beliefs. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Kristi
We can increase our faith in Jesus Christ by living our lives the way he would if he were in our shoes. This morning I read in the news about violence in many countries, terrible storms and extreme weather conditions in others, and even an opinion piece by a doctor claiming the people are "meaner" today than they were a generation ago. It would be very easy to get overwhelmed and feel hopeless about our world and the future our children will face but, instead, we should have faith in Christ and the fact that he will overcome the world. I can't change the violence in the middle east and I can't control a typhoon. People are "meaner" because our society is getting more and more selfish so the hearts of people are becoming cold toward others. However, I can stand where I am and live a life emulating the Savior's. I can make a difference and live in peace as the problems of the world swirl around me. We have been given the scriptures to guide us. As we study them we find peace because all these things have been foretold by our Savior and by the prophets that represent him on earth. When you've read the "happily ever after" you don't have to fear the dangerous twists and turns of the story! We can serve each other, forgive each other, teach each other, and overcome trials using the things we can't control to strengthen us and build our faith in God. ALL things work together for the good of those that are faithful we may not understand how it will happen but things will work out. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Kristi
To have a testimony of something means that you believe it is true. It's not just a casual thing, like if you heard something and said, "Ya, I agree with that". When you have a testimony of something it means that you have studied it out, prayed about it and had an experience where the spirit helped you to feel it is true. It's not just knowing with your head or heart, but with your soul. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Kristi
As prophesied in the Bible, the priesthood was taken from the earth when most of the apostles were martyred. Without that authority, over time traditions and circumstances caused the correct organization of the church to be changed. Many people acknowledged this and tried to reform Christian churches to take them back to the original form that Christ introduced when he founded his church in New Testament times. The key is that priesthood is not just a calling, it is an authority and power that can only be given through Jesus Christ. A reformation was not enough. A restoration of that priesthood authority was needed and Jesus Christ had to organize his church just as he had in the Old and New Testaments. The Church of Jesus Christ is the same church, again, just as it was the other times Christ has established his kingdom on the earth. The Bible is wonderful and teaches us many truths but would it be complete if prophets had stopped writing after Moses? Or, Daniel? Or, Matthew? I love the Bible but if it was the end of revelation then I would be lost indeed. God loves all his children. The Old Testament is great, but with the blessing of reading the New Testament too, we gain additional insight, instruction, and enlightenment. The same is true for the scriptures of the restoration. We need revelation in our day just as the saints needed the writings of the prophets in times past. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Kristi
We believe that God is the Father of our spirits and that he has a body. As the Bible teaches us, we believe that we are created in his image. Of course, unlike him, we are just mortal and very imperfect but I think that there are Godly attributes in each person. If we look at others and try to love them unconditionally like Heavenly Father loves us then every once in a while we will catch a glimpse of something special in each and every child of God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Kristi
Of course not! Mormons believe that everyone who lives on this earth is a child of our Heavenly Father with great value and worth. Some people have been told that we are exclusive and point to our claim that this is the one true church as proof of that. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We do not exclude others or believe that we are better than other people because we have the truth. We live with the Savior as our example. Because he knew the truth of who he was, he served and ministered to others. The New Testament tells us that he asked his followers to do the same. We could not feed his sheep if we were being elitist, religious snobs. Instead, we sacrifice to do missionary work, attempting to take the gospel to everyone who lives on the earth. We seek out the poor and the needy and work to stabilize their lives and give them the education, tools, food, and shelter they need to become self reliant. Of course, we also respond to natural disasters and provide relief in many different ways. Our knowledge of the truth does not make us better than other people, it comes with a great responsibility to serve the people around us. Show more Show less