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Hi I'm Kiera

I'm a recent college graduate. I'm a world traveler. And I'm a Mormon... missionary!

About Me

I grew up in a family of ten kids- and yes, I am right at the front! In high school, I loved singing, dancing, and getting good grades. After graduation, I attended college and worked as a nanny twice-- once in Switzerland and once in Los Angeles. I also spent several months in Washington, D.C. as an AmeriCorps volunteer in a low-income preschool. I recently received my Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders (which leads into the Speech-Language Pathology field). I am an avid reader, I love to laugh, and I enjoy hiking, four-wheeling, and swimming. But I've put all that aside for 18 months so I can serve as a representative of Jesus Christ (aka "Mormon Missionary") in Tucson, Arizona. I know that He lives, loves us, and rescues us, and I'm so excited to be serving Him. If I were to define myself in one quote, it would be this one by Henry David Thoreau: "Be not simply good. Be good for something." I try to be "good for something" every day, and someday I hope to make a big difference in the world. But until then, I'm mostly focused on surviving each day in this Tucson heat!

Why I am a Mormon

Originally, I was a Mormon because my parents are members of the Church. I was raised in the Church and it's all I've ever known. However, as I entered my preteen years, I began to wonder if being a Mormon was for me- if the religion was true. Since then I have prayed, studied the doctrines the Church teaches, and tried to live them every day. I'm a Mormon now because I've found that I love the doctrines, or the truths that the Lord has revealed through scriptures and living prophets. Those truths make me happy. As I pray about them and study them, they bring peace to my mind and warmth to my heart. As I live the gospel of Jesus Christ, my heart is lighter and life is more meaningful. I love this gospel because it brings me a depth of happiness that nothing else can. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As a Church, we believe in living our faith every day of our lives. The things we do on a daily basis come from the example that our Savior Jesus Christ set for us in the scriptures. He spent His life studying the scriptures (Matt. 21:42), praying to His Father in Heaven (Matt. 14:23, John 17), and serving and loving those around Him (Luke 7, Mark 5). He also taught others what God was like and how they could return to live with Him after death (John 8:19, John 10:27-28, John 6). He promised His followers that they could have the gift of the Holy Ghost to be with them after His death and encouraged them to follow the feelings they received from that source (John 16:7-14). As individuals in the Church, we try to do those same things. To be honest, I don't know what my life would be like without this gospel. My life IS my faith. On a daily basis, I love to read the scriptures, pray, and write new insights about the gospel in my journal. I try to follow promptings I receive from the Holy Spirit. These are thoughts or feelings that lead me to do good works. I attend church on a weekly basis, and I volunteer for service projects as often as I can. My favorite way to live my faith is to teach others about Jesus Christ and His gospel. Recently I served as a teacher of gospel principles to the women in my ward (congregation). I loved that opportunity because it allowed me to study specific doctrines, reaffirm my own belief in and knowledge of them, and then spread the joy they brought me to others. That's really what living Jesus Christ's gospel each day is all about-- finding joy and lasting happiness and sharing it with others.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Temples are a sacred place where worthy individuals can go to make covenants with Heavenly Father. Those covenants entitle them to receive great blessings from God. Temples also provide a place for eternal ordinances to be performed. A man and a woman can be married there and sealed together forever. Then death has no power to end their relationship. Children can also be sealed to their parents in the temple. Ancestors who passed away without a way to be sealed to their families can be sealed through vicarious work. God meant for the family unit to continue forever, and temples are the places He provided to forge those bonds. Since ordinances with eternal consequences are so sacred, God has His children build special places for them to be carried out, and He has each individual meet specific standards of personal worthiness in order to enter them. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

We believe that God is literally the Father of our spirits. This is why we call Him our "Heavenly Father." Just like mortal fathers have offspring that look like them, our Heavenly Father has a body that looks like a perfected version of ours (Genesis 1:27). He loves each one of us more deeply and perfectly than even the best mortal father loves his children (1 John 4:16). God is completely sinless, honest, and obedient to eternal laws; therefore, none of us who have sinned in any way can live in His presence (3 Nephi 27:19, Book of Mormon). Thankfully, because of His great love for us, God sent His son Jesus Christ to live a sinless life and sacrifice it so that the rest of us can return to live with them. That sacrifice for sin allows God to forgive our sins freely as long as we repent. His Son's life was a steep price to pay for our safe return, and it demonstrates just how much our Father loves us and longs for us to return to live as a family with Him (John 3:16-17). We also believe that God is all-knowing and all-powerful. We believe that He is perfectly just and is the perfect judge of our thoughts and actions. And we firmly believe that He hears and answers prayers and that He wants to be involved in our lives (Matthew 7:7-8). Show more Show less