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 currently works for Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association (LDSPMA) as their operations manager. 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 also frequently puts her editing skills to use as a freelance editor, and she enjoys the range of projects that come to her inbox, which range from children’s books to graduate-level essays.

While Kristen loves the time she spends being involved in the publishing world, her favorite times are spent with her family. She married James Reber in the Utah Manti Temple on May 4, 2013.  The have two children, Adelynn and Aidan. Kristen and James enjoy traveling with their family as much as possible and some of their favorite trips include traveling to Oregon to see the total solar eclipse in August 2017, exploring the Grand Canyon, and visiting Mt. St. Helens. They look forward to someday traveling internationally as a family and as a couple. They recently moved their family from Washington state to Utah Valley.

Kristen and James are also both musically-inclined. Kristen grew up playing the piano, and after much determination on her part, learned how to play the harp as an adult. James enjoys composing music in his spare time and playing the cello. He is often told that he is very gifted musically despite his lack of practice, which Kristen only slightly resents. Kristen attributes her continued growth in music to James and her amazing harp teachers, and enjoys the times they get to sit down at their instruments and play together.

Kristen is also a devoted Latter-day Saint and loves the gospel that she grew up with. 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.

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