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Hi I'm Kiersten

I graduated from BYU with a degree in psychology. I enjoy playing piano and singing. I love running and playing sports.

About Me

I thoroughly enjoy life with my husband and our six children. Our children are ages 9 months to 14 years old. They are little miracles in my life. My husband works hard as a regional home healthcare administrator and I have been able to work as a stay-at-home mom and witness and try and document my children growing up. I love it! My husband and I met at BYU. He moved in to my student ward at the beginning of winter semester 1998. I immediately wanted to get to know him better. His wonderful smile and calm, but humorous, disposition made every other girl want to get to know him, too. Thankfully, he gave me a chance and we hit it off. We were married in the Washington D.C. temple in June of that year. I graduated in 2000, BS in Psychology, coaching minor. He graduated in 2003, BS in Facility Management, zoology minor. Together, my family enjoys hiking, watching good movies, reading, singing, dancing, and cooking. Music and sports are some of my great passions in this life, especially if I'm making the music and/or playing the sports! I'm not much of a spectator.  I sing soprano and love to perform . I play a mean game of volleyball and run a good race. I keep fit playing sports, running, and doing pilates. I love challenging myself in all aspects of life.

Why I am a Mormon

Because the gospel is true and I cannot deny the truth! Through prayer and scripture study God has let me know it is true.

How I live my faith

I believe families can be together forever. And, this drives me to do all I can to strengthen myself and my family and others. I try to study the scriptures and words of the modern-day-prophets so that I can be guided by the Holy Ghost. I try to prepare wholesome foods so that our bodies will be strong and well---a healthy body is a happy body (same with our spirits--don't you think?!) I choose to be happy. I know it is a choice. I find I feel happiest when I help others and share my talents.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

We believe that Jesus Christ will come again. In Revelations, in the Bible, and also in the Book of Mormon, we are told some of the signs of the times--things that will happen before Jesus Christ's second coming. Many of these things are disasters--both natural and man-made. Prophets have counseled us for many years to set our lives in order so that we are prepared for when disaster strikes. This is not just being able to provide for our temporal needs--having adequate storage of food, water, and supplies, but also our spiritual needs--strengthening our testimonies through regular prayer, scripture study, and church attendance.  Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

It is a great feeling. I have moved 12 times in 12 years and have been blessed to always find friends who believe the same things I believe--every time I attended my new wards. I grow so much when I attend church. I hear other people's testimonies, sometimes share my own, and we feel strengthened together. It is WONDERFUL to find people who share the same beliefs.  Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Heavenly Father has given us all that we have. He asks us to pay tithing to help build up His kingdom--church buildings don't grow on trees and scriptures don't print themselves--I am happy to give the Lord back 10%. Show more Show less