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Hi I'm Etta Christine

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of a large family. I have been married to the same man for 28 years and we have a lot of love in our home. We not only love each other, but we love each of our children very much. Our children range in ages from 24 down to 10years old. We have 6 boys and 3 girls. My husband and I like playing tennis together, being outdoors, hiking and doing family history. We also enjoy good music and all children play a musical instrument. We have 3 violinsts, 1 violist, 1 cellist, and 5 that play the piano. There are a couple who play two instruments. We want our children to use their time well and learning to play music is a good discipline. They are also involved in various sports from Lacrosse and tennis to football. This is how I stay busy. I also serve in the community by participating in PTA and the Student Community Councils in our schools. I also serve in our church with children ages 3-11 and with Young Single Adults.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a wonderful family. I am the 5th or 6th generation of members of the Mormon church in my family. Some of my ancestors came across the United States to the west with some of the very first Mormon pioneers. Other ancestors of mine were Mormon immigrants from Europe around 1860. I was taught faith in my home and I was taught from the scriptures as a child. I was taught that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I probably started believing on my own when I was between the ages of 12 and 14. I loved the teachings of Jesus Christ. I had spiritual experiences then that gave me peace, and I always felt happy when I went to church or was involved in some kind of service to others. I knew from these feelings that the Mormon Church was true. I have no doubt that the head of this church is Jesus Christ and that he directs our Prophet in what we need to know today in order to be happy and have hope in an ever changing world. I think that is what gives me the most comfort. I know that God is unchanging. We can count on Him to be there for us. We can pray to Heavenly Father any time and in any place, either out loud or quietly in our minds and hearts. Prayer gives me hope in a crazy world. Even when I am faced with challenges, I keep moving forward with happiness and hope. I am a Mormon because I have been taught about God and I want to be close to Him.

How I live my faith

I encourage our children to bring friends into our home. My children have many friends who are not members of the LDS Church. They know they are welcome in our home. Our home seems to be a gathering place for our children and their friends. Whether children are meeting to walk to school together or coming to spend time on weekend evenings, I enjoy having them in our home. I try to provide an atmosphere in our home that is safe, alcohol free, and loving. In my church, I serve in leadership positions working with Young Single Adults and children ages 3-11. With these children, there are 5 who have special needs. The children are instructed through music and activities on Sunday. I also serve as a Den Mother in Cub Scouts. We meet once a week for Cub Scouts. Working with children has been fulfilling for me. I have also sent two sons who have served LDS Missions and are now back in school. My oldest son served a mission in Guatemala for two years and my second son served in Iceland. Now I have a daughter serving in Boston Massachussets and a son serving in Santiago Chile. They take time out of school to teach people of Jesus Christ and how we can be with our families for eternity. I do miss them when they are gone, but I have faith that they are serving God's children who live in those lands. They are learning to extend themselves and to help others. Most importantly, they are learning and teaching to have faith in God.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Etta Christine
I feel that serving others, thinking about others is the only way to true happiness. I feel like the LDS Church does that. They often send supplies to and provide help in areas affected by earthquakes, floods or other natural disasters. They never ask for money for this service. Show more Show less