Kristen Danner Reber has always had a passion for reading and writing. Her mom told her that even as a baby, they “got a lot of good book time in.” In 2014 she graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Editing, and another minor in Psychology. She worked for Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association (LDSPMA) as their operations manager for several years before becoming their associate director of education. Early Homecoming: A Resource for Early-Returned Missionaries, their Church Leaders, and Family is her first book publication. She has also published two articles with the Ensign (Young Women and the Mission Decision: Good Courage and In Tune with the Christmas Spirit).

Kristen is also a devoted Latter-day Saint and loves the gospel that she grew up with. She particularly loves to play hymns and other gospel music on her harp for her ward congregation. She served a mission to the Philippines to share the joy the gospel brings her with others. Although she has passed through several trials in her life, including an early return from her mission due to two pesky parasites (which was her inspiration for Early Homecoming), Kristen has never lost her faith in God. Her trials have given her opportunities to grow closer to Him, and although there were times she naturally wondered where He was and even doubted her testimony some, she was always able to endure her trials and come out of them stronger by drawing closer Him. She loves to share her testimony with others and, as appropriate, the trials that helped shape and strengthen it.

While Kristen loves the time she spends being involved in publishing, church, and music, her favorite times are spent with her family. She married James Reber in the Utah Manti Temple. They have three children. Kristen and James enjoy traveling with their family as much as possible. They look forward to someday traveling internationally as a family and as a couple.

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