“Adversity connects people,” Christensen said. “When you meet someone who has gone through a similar trial, there’s an automatic love and connection forged, an instant sense of unity, and I have been blessed to find that connection with people through my blog.”
Christensen called her blog “I Left My Heart in New Zealand” because she lived in the country with her parents for a time after her divorce, and it became a special place to her.
Christensen never expected her life would become a platform for sharing the gospel. At least one person has read her blog and inquired about meeting with missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Reed Davis, a friend and fellow LDS blogger, says Christensen doesn’t write with the goal of baptizing people.
“She is so real in the most simplistic way that she touches people,” Davis said. “I know my life has been changed because of the experience I had with her, and there are many others whose lives will also be changed. She is a truly powerful and special woman.”
Christensen's blog also reflects the counsel of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, who said in April 2011: "Brothers and sisters, with the blessings of modern technology, we can express gratitude and joy about God's great plan for His children in a way that can be heard not only around our workplace but around the world. Sometimes a single phrase of testimony can set events in motion that affect someone's life for eternity."
One year later
The last 365 days have been hard. The majority of those days have been horrible and ugly. However, those days have resulted in my most beautiful days, and my most beautiful moments and countless beautiful lessons learned. Today is sunny. It is bright. It is full of possibilities, opportunities and blessings. And as my dad would say, ‘It is no coincidence that today is the day after Independence Day.’ I am free. (Kenna Christensen’s blog, July 5, 2013)
More than a year since the divorce, Christensen says she is "in a good place.” She is taking Brigham Young University classes online, has a job and lives in Provo.
“It’s been quite an adventure figuring out what to do next. You have this idea in your head of what your future will look like, and it’s quite a learning process to start over,” she said.
Christensen continues to blog about her life and the blessings of the gospel. When appropriate, she encourages others to consider sharing powerful life experiences.
“I think sometimes as Latter-day Saints, we feel the need to portray our lives more perfectly, to somehow maintain this pretend standard of perfection. Life happens to us all,” Christensen said. “If sharing our experiences can touch someone else or stir a testimony, that is exactly what we should be doing. It may be uncomfortable, but there’s no standard of perfection we need to uphold. We are all in this together.
“It’s interesting because there have been days when I have been so discouraged. But when I start to write the things I know to be true, it’s impossible not to feel the Spirit. Every time I bear my testimony, whether over the pulpit or through a blog post, the Spirit just confirms once again that what I’m saying is true. It’s strange to say writing is a spiritual experience, but when I am bearing witness to people of the love our Savior has for them, it’s impossible not to feel that peace and love from the Lord.”
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