My name is Kristen EnceFrom: Levelland, Texas
Occupation: Soon to be Mom 🙂
Favorite Food: Turkey Sandwich
Hobbies: Tennis, Hiking, Dancing, Singing, Watching movies, Cooking
Favorite Scripture: Helaman 5:12
Favorite Hymn: All Creatures of Our God and King
I recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Genetics and Biotechnology, and my husband and I moved to Puerto Rico last year. We are now in the process of moving to Seattle for his new job. I love experiencing different parts of the world and different cultures and cuisines.
We are expecting our first baby in September, and we couldn’t be more excited! I absolutely love being a wife, and I can’t wait to be a mother too.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment is running a marathon. My family is not the greatest group of athletes in the world so having the discipline and courage to run 26.2 miles was definitely a huge accomplishment! Especially since I had never run a mile without stopping before until I went to college.
What brings you the greatest happiness?
The gospel definitely brings me the greatest happiness. It affects every aspect of my life and every choice and decision I make. I know that without the influence and guidance of gospel principles, I could never be as happy as I am right now. I love that I am sealed to my husband and family for eternity. I love the joy and happiness that comes with serving those around me and sharing the gospel with others who are ready to receive it.
What strengthens your faith in Jesus Christ?
Praying helps strengthen my faith in Jesus Christ. Whenever I need help or comfort or give thanks, I always pray, and Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father always answer my prayers, even though it may not be the answer I want, or may not come at the time I expect, my prayers are always answered.
How has one of your spiritual gifts/talents benefited your life?
I have studied piano since I was 8 years old and I am now 23. When we moved to Puerto Rico this past year our Spanish speaking ward was small and struggling. They really needed someone to play the organ or have any knowledge of music for the church meetings.
I played the organ for them every Sunday, and multiple times the bishop, his counselors, and other people in the ward came up to me, with tears in their eyes, and thanked me for playing the organ and for everything I did. I know that if I had not put the time and effort into practicing in my early years that I would not have been qualified for that calling. I was able to help bring the Spirit to the church meeting and touch those in the congregation.
How do you know when you’ve received answers to prayers?
I have never received a big and grand gesture as an answer to any of my prayers, although that would be really cool, and I would not be opposed to that at all. Many answers to my prayers come after I act on what I prayed on, and if I feel peaceful and everything is working out, then I know that I am choosing the right path. However if I feel uneasy and things just aren’t working out, then I know I need to do something else.
This is how I am able to know when my prayers are answered. If we pray but never act on what we pray about, then how can God help us know what is right? God cannot steer a parked car.
Kristen’s Conversion Story
I wish I could say that I had a cool conversion story like Paul or Alma, however mine was not as dramatic. I read the Book of Mormon for the first time on my own when I was 12, and I prayed to know if it was true. I felt a peaceful and warm feeling, so I assumed that was an answer to my prayer.
However, the more testimonies I heard about people’s grand conversion stories,the more I began to wonder if my simple answer was really from God or if I had only imagined it, because I wanted so badly to believe it was true. I prayed many times to know if the gospel was true, and I would always feel the same way.
Finally, one day at church I felt an overwhelming feeling, almost as if a voice was telling me, “Kristen, you don’t need a grand gesture to know the gospel is true. You already know.” And since then, I have never doubted and never forgotten that strong message that I received that day.
What are ways you share & live the Gospel with your family or others around you?
I live the gospel by serving those around me and befriending and loving those who do not share the same beliefs as I do. Many times, people are more willing and ready to accept the gospel if they are your friend and you live what you believe.
I also try to go out with the missionaries and share my testimony to investigators who are curious about the gospel.
What is your hope/wish/prayer for all women throughout the world?
My hope for all women throughout the world is that they know their Heavenly Father loves them. I think many times, myself included, we try to mold ourselves into what the world believes is “beautiful and sexy”, but what the world thinks is beautiful does not coincide with what Heavenly Father thinks is beautiful.
Instead of trying to be thin, career-focused, and popular, we should strive to become loving, pure, and family-oriented. I know that if we focus and develop the qualities that are beautiful in our Heavenly Father’s eyes, we will be infinitely more happy.
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have moved 64 times and have not tired of experiencing this beautiful earth! I love the people, languages, histories/anthropologies, & especially religious cultures of the world. My life long passion is the study & searching out of religious symbolism, specifically related to ancient & modern temples. My husband Anthony and I love our bulldog Stig, adventures, traveling, movies, motorcycling, and time with friends and family.