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Hi I'm Kirsi

I'm a single mother. I'm an artist and scientist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a military family. Living outside of my home country has taught me of the beautiful variety in God's children. When I graduated from college, I searched my soul to know whether to pursue a career in the sciences, the root of my education, or in graphic arts. I eventually realized it didn't matter what job I had, I wanted to serve my God. When I divorced, I felt for a long time that I had failed in that service. Picking up the pieces of my life has taught me compassion for human suffering, and a desire to heal wounded hearts and lives. My life is centered around my two beautiful daughters. I hope to be the best mother I can be, to teach them to love others and love their God.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are Latter-day Saints from Utah, so I was raised in the LDS faith. They taught me to always explore why I believe in something. When I was baptized at 8 years old, I had read the New Testament and the Book of Mormon for myself, and received a testimony that Christ lived and that the Book of Mormon was true scripture. When I was about 14 years old, I investigated many churches and faiths. Although there are beautiful practices in almost every religion I explored, I kept coming back to the story of Joseph Smith. It seems pretty unbelievable, but I searched my soul for what I truly believed. When I knelt and asked God if He had truly appeared to Joseph, and if the LDS Church was truly led by Him, I knew in my heart that He did and it was. There have been many times in my life since that pivotal point that I have asked similar questions of Him. I still don't understand everything about the history of the Church, about Joseph Smith's life. But I feel that Jesus Christ has given His authority to this institution so that it can bless the world in His name. I believe that Christ is personally involved in the work of this Church. I believe the stories in the Book of Mormon, and have applied the things I have learned from that book and from the Bible many times in my life. It may not be perfect, but this Church is good, and is led by God. That is enough for me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in the day-to-day. To me, faith in Jesus Christ means that every person I meet deserves respect. I drive to work and try to be as courteous as I can. I always want to make the lives of those around me a little brighter.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

I believe that the purpose of life is to discover for ourselves whether or not we are willing to follow God's will even when we don't fully understand what that is or why He wills it. We don't really know who we are in life, and each of us spend our lives trying to define that. There are lots of different voices telling us who we are and what we deserve to have. It's our job to filter through those voices, to take control of our own self, and choose what we will be. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

This is a hard question. I don't think anybody wants to think of someone else suffering so that we can benefit. When you really picture what Christ went through, it is almost too much to bear. But I think there are several reasons why Jesus chose to go through what He did for us. As I have gone through my divorce and all of the pain that entails, I have come to realize that my suffering has softened me. I have a tendency to be rather judgmental, especially with myself. Now that I have suffered for things I could not control, I see that it doesn't matter who is at fault or why suffering exists, but that it is vital to suffer alongside whoever is in pain. It is like the German word for compassion: "Mitleid" which means "sorrow with". I think that Christ had to suffer because He needed to understand our entire mortal experience. As God, He needed to know compassion. I, for one, find it much more comforting to follow someone who understands me and feels compassion for the things I go through. Knowing that He is right there beside me gives me the courage to live every day of my life with joy and hope for the future. It is even more meaningful to me to know that Christ, as a divine person, was not forced to suffer, but He did so willingly, with infinite love. That is the kind of person I can love wholeheartedly and serve without reservation. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

That depends on your definition of "Mormon". Members of the mainstream LDS church, which church I belong to and has created this website, no longer practice polygamy. There are several splinter groups from the main body of the Church, some of which do currently practice it. The Warren Jeffs group is part of one such splinter called the FLDS church. They get a great deal of coverage in the news, so unfortunately some people associate that group with the main LDS church headquartered in Salt Lake City. Show more Show less