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Hi I'm Kris Anne

I'm a wife and mother and a grandmother. I grew up in Arizona and Hawaii. I love to serve. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in rural Arizona, moved to Hawaii at age 13 and found that to be quite a cultural shock, but of course, enjoyed living in Hawaii. I went to college at Brigham Young University where I graduated in Recreation Education and met my future husband. I did a semester abroad my sophomore year in Salzburg, Austria. That sparked a life long love of traveling. I live in California now. I have four grown children and 8 grandchildren. When I'm not traveling, I enjoy gardening, playing the piano, swimming, scuba diving, reading, and of course, spending time with the grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

My father's side of the family has been Mormons for several generations, my mother joined the church the same year I did, when I was eight years old. In my youth, I attended seminary which is an hour long class each school day where we study our religion. It was there that I felt the strong promptings of the spirit that told me that the things that we were studying were true. I have felt those promptings many times in my life since that period of time. My faith in God is firm and my belief in the the Savior Jesus Christ helps me get through difficult times in my life. I am grateful to Him for the life and example he led while on this earth and grateful that he died for me that I might live again.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the church is a very enriching experience. There are many things that I have been involved in because of my membership of the church. I think that growing up in the church and the example of my parents have taught me the joy of service. At one time in my life, I organized the camp that the young women in our church attend for one week in the summer in the Sierras. We hiked and sang and learned camping skills as well as learned how to be close to God in his glorious creations away from the hustle and bustle of city life. I also worked with the young children in the nursery during Sunday School, teaching them precious fundamentals about love and God and sharing, etc. I've taught Seminary to the teenagers, where each morning at 6:00 am we would meet at church for an hour and discuss the scriptures. The spirit is strong at 6 in the morning. Right now I teach the adults in Sunday School from the New Testament. What wonderful teachings come from the Savior in that volume.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Kris Anne
Our body is a gift from God and in order for our bodies and minds to be healthy, God gave a law of health to Joseph Smith in 1833. The law is called Word of Wisdom and is found in the Doctrine and Covenants, Section 89, It emphasizes to eat healthy, fruits and vegetables in season, meat sparingly and so forth. What most people hear about our church are the things that the health code has warned against, which are tobacco, alcohol, coffee and tea and illegal drugs. At the end of the Word of Wisdom are wonderful promises of physical and spiritual blessings to those who live the Word of Wisdom. I have experienced many blessings in my life by living this health code, and don't feel I am missing anything by not partaking in those things warned against. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Kris Anne
We believe the Bible to be the word of God. We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God, or another testament of Jesus Christ. The Bible is rich in history, doctrine, stories and sermons all of which witness that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Show more Show less