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Hi I'm Kimberly

I studied Russian and public diplomacy & love interfaith efforts. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a soon-to-be-mom! I love reading and meeting new people. I graduated with a BA in Russian and a master of public diplomacy. I have lived in Russia twice and hope to work more with non profits in Eastern Europe.

Why I am a Mormon

The doctrines of our faith have helped me become the person I am today. It was in the Church that I learned to have greater charity and serve others. It was here that I learned more about my identity as a child of God, and that everyone I come into contact with is a child of our Heavenly Father, deserving of respect and love. As I have read and reread the Book of Mormon, I have been amazed at how the doctrine contained therein helps me understand my Savior's love for me. I have felt the truthfulness of the scriptures and have been amazed at how much the Book of Mormon is in concert with the Old and New Testament. The continuity of doctrine and the completeness of the plan of our Heavenly Father has given me the desire to seek more from the scriptures to find truth and what I can do to serve Jesus Christ. I love that God loves us enough to have called a prophet in our day, as He did in the Old Testament--one who receives revelation as the ancient prophets did, to guide and direct us in our day. The doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that families can live together even after this life, and that ALL will have an opportunity to receive salvation if they desire it. The inclusive nature of the gospel, welcoming all to accept it, is a part of our doctrine that I cherish. My oldest brother died when I was only 12. Knowing that this life isn't the end, and that I would have the opportunity to see him again helped me through a very difficult time. Now I am married and about to have my first child. Knowing that I can help my children understand their worth to our family and to our Heavenly Father makes me so happy. Knowing that I can live with them beyond this life gives me so much hope.

How I live my faith

I am the secretary in our women's organization. This gives me the opportunity to get to know the women in my area better. It allows me to serve and learn more from each of them. I have also served on interfaith councils as a Mormon/LDS representative. I lived in various cities in Russia as a missionary, where we taught people how they could strengthen their families, give up addictions, and we had free weekly English lessons open to members of all faiths. I returned to Russia three years later to work in public affairs. One major event we hosted was a conference on religious freedom in Eastern Europe which leaders of other faiths, lawyers, journalists, and politicians attended.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A gathering of members of the church in a geographic area. A ward/branch can be compared to a parish or congregation. Wards differ from branches in the number of members who attend, a ward being larger than a branch. Within a ward or a branch, members are given different callings, or ways they are asked to serve. Different areas of service include teaching, which is divided by age level--children, young adults, and adults; organizing committees, such as activities planning committees, service committees (in the community, to the members, and so on); playing the piano, etc.. Show more Show less