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Hi I'm K. Stinson

I grew up in Michigan, and have a passion for travel & the arts. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a stay at home mother for my three beautiful children and wife to a Naval Officer. I spent 16 years in the US Air Force as a logistician and military instructor, but got out to raise my babies. A lot of people think I am crazy that I didn't stay four more years and retire - it just wasn't a choice for me. I knew I wanted to be with my children during their formative years: it has been a blessing as my older two have special needs. I am an artist in every sense of the word. I have a passion for all things associated with the arts...I sing, play numorous instruments, act, dance, paint, draw...you name it. Not that I am an expert at any of those things, but I love doing them. I guess you could call me a "Jack of all trades, master of none."

Why I am a Mormon

My husband and I often marvel over this question. We had been looking for a church to join for some time. I had grown up a very active Episcopalian, and he had been a largly inactive Methodist. We tried both of our faiths, but couldn't agree on either of them being right, so we decided to venture out into the sea of religion. Basically, we knew we wanted to bring our kids up in a religiously united home. I cannot tell you how many churches we visited - all holding pieces of truth and light, but none "just right." A friend of ours knew of our quest, and after many disappointing Sundays he asked if we would like to know more about his church. I said (with a good bit of distain) "Your Mormon, right?" All I knew was that they were on the straight and narrow, and I didn't know if I was ready to commit to all that. Our friend proceeded to tell us about Mormonism. He talked about the Saviour and bore his testimony to us. I felt a spirit of peace and understanding that I had never felt before and I knew I had to explore this faith. We attended Sunday services and agreed to the missionary discussions. After our second Sunday, a few discussions, and reading passages in the Book of Mormon, we sat on our back porch and pondered the situation we were in and how drastically our lives would change. I said to my husband, "Well, what are we going to do?" He replied, "We prayed about finding the truth long before we learned about this church. Now that we have the truth do we just tell God 'sorry, wrong truth?' " I knew it was true. I knew it in my heart and I couldn't deny it. I had so many "Ah ha!" moments while we talked with the missionaries, the Bishop, and other members of the church. I had no desire to turn away. I had found the truth. That, my friends, is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the Secretary in the church's womans group (called the Relief Society.) This calling is such a blessing because not only do I serve with three other amazing women, I have to opportunity to really get to know the ladies in our ward. I have served in many capacities, from Primary Teacher to Young Women's President - and I know I have gained much more by serving in these calling than I have ever given. I have especially loved working with the youth of the church! They are amazingly strong and a wonderful example to their peers...and to me! One of the things I love to do to live my faith is read the Book of Mormon everyday. I seems as I read that the Lord is talking directly to me through its pages, and giving my instruction that I can use in a practical sense everyday! I sing in the ward choir and love to glorify God by singing praises to him! Music is truly a wonderful way to express the feelings and intents of your heart. We may not be the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but I know the Lord loves to hear us sing!

How can I know Mormonism is true?

K. Stinson
In James 1:5 we read "If any of you lack wisdon, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." However, it's not likely that God will answer your prayer without you doing your part, so I offer this challenge. Read the Book of Mormon, ponder its contents. Near the end of the book, in Moroni 10:4 you will find a promise: "And when ye shall recieve these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." You will have a witness of the truth. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

K. Stinson
Having authority is important to many things in this life and beyond. If a person off the street tried to give you a speeding ticket, you would probably laugh and press on. But if an officer of the law pulled you over and gave you a ticket it would be binding...why? Because he hs the authority from a "higher power" (the city, county, commissioner...) to do so. The same holds true for baptism. If one without authority baptises you it means nothing...yet, if one having authority directly from our Father in Heaven baptises you, it is binding ad you enter ito a covenant relationship. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

K. Stinson
Many of my friends have asked this question. A mormon church is where we hold regular Sunday services. We pray, sing hymns, take the sacrament, and listen to talks given by church members. Everyone is always welcome! This is also a building where we hold meetings for the various groups within the church, ie: the young men and young women, the women's group (Relief Society), etc. The Temple, on the other hand, is a very special building. It is a sacred place that is beautiful, quiet and reflective. Everyone dresses in white. In it we perform vicarious ordinances such as baptisms for our ancestors. It is also a place that Latter-day Saints go to get married for time and eternity. Everyone is welcome here too - but since it is such a sacred place, we ask that only those holding a temple recommend from their Bishop enter. Non-members are encouraged to visit the temple during open houses after it has been built or renovated. Show more Show less