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How an LDS Family with 3 Million YouTube Followers Stands for Their Faith

With 3 million subscribers and nearly 6 billion views, Family Fun Pack is one of the biggest channels on YouTube. The channel follows parents Kristine and Matt, along with their five children—Alyssa, David, Zac, Chris, and Michael—in their day-to-day lives. They post a daily video, coinciding with their motto: "fun with the family, every day."

The channel started as a way to show Kristine's extended family, who live out of state, how the kids were doing—but it quickly blossomed into something much bigger. "I think by being authentic and happy, we have just done our own thing," Kristine said of their meteoric rise to success. "We don't copy anyone . . . and people like our family dynamic."

Kristine is a piano teacher with a music degree. Her husband, Matt, holds degrees in math and business. They met while attending school at BYU, where Kristine played clarinet in the marching band.

Their children are all musically talented as well. Alyssa plays piano and clarinet, and all the children love to sing, act, and dance. The kids also love bike riding, jumping on the trampoline, swimming, and spending time with their grandparents.

"We have a really unique family," says Kristine. "Our first four kids are 39 months apart from oldest to youngest—then we have this cute and spunky baby boy!" Despite their adorable family, Kristine admits that fame has its drawbacks. "Sometimes you [feel like you] have to be perfect in public, and kids aren't always perfect!" she said. "People know you everywhere you go, so you never know who is watching, judging, or taking a picture."

Still, the opportunity they have to be an example on YouTube is one they wouldn't trade. It's helped bring their family closer, and they've learned a lot along the way. "Love your kids!" Kristine said. "Be patient and kind and treasure your children. Who cares if they make a mess?"

All members of the LDS Church, the family says the gospel has blessed their lives in many ways. "We have chosen not to announce our religion, but rather to live by example," Kristine said. "We have strived since the outset of our channel to show that family is the most important thing in our lives.

"As a result, a lot of people ask what religion we are. We always tell them. We have had to turn down some events that were held on Sundays because we want the kids to be taught to keep the Sabbath holy."

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