Hi I'm Kristen
I have four sons that my husband and I adopted at birth. I also have a daughter that was the "surprise" that sometimes happens when people adopt children. My sons are Hawaiian, African-American and Latino while my husband, daughter and I are Caucasian. I write a food blog, read voraciously, play the piano and organ, garden, enjoy photography, traveling and history. I have a bachelor's degree in developmental psychology that I may never get paid to use, but it comes in handy while I deal with issues like ADHD, bi-polar disorder, depression, anger issues and developmental delays in my children.
I always knew that there was a God. Even as a little child, with no religious training at all, I would hand the Bible to my mother and ask her to read to me about that Man. She would open the New Testament to Luke and read the stories of Jesus. I loved hearing the word of God. When I was eleven years old, an LDS family befriended mine. When I heard the missionaries talk about Jesus Christ and the Plan of Salvation, it was as if my soul said, "Finally! This is what has been missing." While my parents prayed to know if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was right, I just knew it. It has been well over 30 years since my baptism. The Gospel has brought my life nothing but joy.
Because I play the piano and organ, I have been playing for congregations since I was in 8th grade. Bringing a spirit of reverence to meetings, whether they are simply children's meetings, baptisms or huge conferences, is an honor. I have also been blessed to serve in other capacities. I have taught Sunday lessons to children, helped families gather food storage, worked in family history libraries, prepared Sunday bulletins, and taught women to be better homemakers amongst other things. I feel that it is a privilege to serve in whatever way I am asked. Because I made a lifelong commitment when I joined the Church, I have tried my very best to follow the commandments and to stay true to the principles that I believe in. It is part of my personal integrity to live my religion every day.