While raising her seven children to believe in polygamy Kristyn taught school off and on for 18 years in the Apostolic United Brethren (AUB) private school her children attended. In 1991, with five kids still at home, she volunteered in her youngest son’s Head Start class and began taking college courses. She took a position as an assistant Head Start teacher for four years while getting her AS degree and then became a lead teacher for four more years.
During and after this time, Decker attended and sponsored others in self-help groups, volunteered with Utah State School-Age Child Care Association on a research project, and joined the Utah Children Association. In 1995 she began teaching CDA classes to Child Development Associate candidates at Children First and presented at Early Childhood conferences. Subsequently, Kristyn wrote her own business plan and received a half-million dollar SBA loan to start a kids’ college. She graduated in 2002 with a BS in Elementary Education and Early Childhood from Southern Utah University and began teaching K–2 in public schools.
In 2003 she ended her 33-year marriage and left polygamy. LeRoy came into her life in 2007, and she became Mrs. Decker in 2009. Decker then became the president of the Hope Organization, dedicated to assisting survivors of polygamous relationships. After publishing her first book, Fifty Years in Polygamy – Big Secrets and Little White Lies, Decker founded the Sound Choices Coalition. She has since spent numerous hours volunteering in many aspects of the SCC, speaking to inform society about the realities of polygamy and to advocate for its victims. Kristyn has also completed and published a new, uncensored version of her book.
As a result of her work, Kristyn has had a wonderful opportunity to speak in many places across our country. She has appeared on, among others, The Today Show; CNN Weekend News; Good Morning AZ; NPR Community Voices; The Fawn Rigan Show – WCCO – Minneapolis; KTAR Talk Radio; Jay Lawrence, KSL A.M. News; as well as frequent presentations at various conferences, book clubs, Rotary clubs, churches, and libraries.