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Hi I'm Kiya

I'm a believer in happily forever after. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a young daughter. I am divorced. I am a high school math teacher. I believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

Why I am a Mormon

God is the same today, yesterday, and forever. He called prophets before, and it should not be surprising that He would do so again. He called men like Adam, Enoch, Noah, Moses, and Abraham to lead His Church. Eventually, however, the people have always turned away from God and rejected His prophets. God would take away His prophets until people would listen, and then He would again call a prophet. When Jesus Christ was upon the Earth, He organized His church with apostles and gave them the authority to baptize. However, the people turned away from God and they crucified Jesus Christ. The apostles were likewise rejected and eventually killed. The authority of God was taken away, and the Earth fell into a period known as the Dark Ages. Good men were still on the Earth, and they tried their best to teach people of Christ. Churches were created by men with the best of intentions. Those people are known as Reformers. Corruption crept in through the years, and while portions of the truth remained intact, other parts of Christ's doctrine were distorted. In harmony with the pattern of restoration that He has always used, God called Joseph Smith as a Prophet. Joseph Smith was given Priesthood authority from God which is the power to act in God's name. He restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Twelve apostles were again called, just like the way Jesus Christ organized His Church when He was on the Earth. God continues to lead the church through the Prophet Thomas S. Monson. President Monson receives revelation from God, and that prevents corrupt philosophies of men from changing the doctrines of the church. He will not lead us astray. Why am I a Mormon? Because of living prophets who have the authority to act in God's name!

How I live my faith

I grew up having faith in a God who loves me. My faith was significantly tested when my husband filed for divorce. I could not understand why. I felt betrayed and forsaken, and not just by him, but it was tempting to feel like God had abandon me as well. I have had the most difficult time with accepting the joint custody arrangement that we have for our young daughter. However, I have allowed the pain to act as a catalyst for bringing me closer to my Savior, and He has healed me in miraculous ways. God is more real to me now than ever. I live my faith by actively choosing to believe in good things to come despite my present realities. I believe that a loving Heavenly Father has a plan for me and for my family, and He wants to bless me. I believe in a Savior who provided the Atonement and resurrection whereby we may always retain a hope in a better world. I believe in the power of the Holy Ghost to reveal truth. I know that a witness from the Holy Ghost that one's life is in harmony with the will of God can bring an unconquerable peace to my heart.

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

Kiya
The concept of 10% tithing is not new. Hebrews 7:2 says Abraham gave a tenth part of all. see also Numbers 18:26 and Leviticus 27:32 Tithing goes to help build God's kingdom here. God ultimately owns all that I possess anyway, so I don't consider it a sacrifice. It is a simple way I can show gratitude to God for what He has given to me. Malachi 3:10 "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." If one wishes to understand the doctrine of the tithe, he should practice it. God saying "prove me now herewith" is His invitation to for us to test the principle. He promises us blessings for paying tithing! Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Kiya
No, we worship God. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Kiya
Like the Bible, it is a testament of Jesus Christ. It tells of God's dealings with His children in the Americas. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Kiya
Visitors are welcome! Church lasts three hours. In the first hour, everyone meets together. The meeting starts with a song and prayer. Soon after, bread and water is blessed and passed to the congregation in an ordinance called The Sacrament. Members eat the bread and drink the water while remembering the promises that they made at baptism and thinking of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. You can take it if you wish. The rest of the time will be spent listening to speakers who are usually members of that congregation. In the second hour, the congregation meets in different age groups and are taught lessons from the scriptures. In the final hour the men and women meet in different classes. Lessons are taught there that help us to become better husbands and fathers or wives and mothers. You can contact missionaries to go to church with you, or you can ask a member when you arrive to help you figure out where to go. Children of all ages can come, too. Typically, men will be wearing button-up shirts and ties, and the women will be wearing nice dresses or skirts. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Kiya
The congregation that meets together each week is called a WARD. Several wards make up a STAKE. A BRANCH is a small ward. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Kiya
Pro-life. Abortion should only be considered in the case of rape or when the mother's life is in danger. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Kiya
Fantastic! I find hope and peace despite the serious trials of my life. I have relationships with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The Power of the Atonement makes my burdens light. I know that I am protected as I keep the sacred covenants that I have made in the House of the Lord. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Kiya
Missionaries are all over the world talking to people about the church. You can request that the missionaries contact you by going to the homepage of Mormon.org. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Kiya
The health code. Mormons do not drink alcohol or coffee or smoke or chew tobacco. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Kiya
The First Vision refers to when Joseph Smith went to a grove of trees to pray about which church he should join and Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Kiya
We believe in the same organization that Jesus Christ used. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Kiya
This is the moral code relating to sexual relations. Sex is only to be between a man and a woman who are married to each other. Thoughts or actions that arouse sexual feelings outside the bonds of marriage are inappropriate. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Kiya
Being a Mormon, as with other faiths, encourages us to live at a higher standard of thought and behavior. We avoid all that is vulgar or offensive to God. Specific examples include that we do not engage in sexual relations outside the bonds of marriage or harm our bodies by smoking. Some rules are a bit peculiar, but our lifestyles are not suppressed. I attended a public high school and competed on the track team. My lifestyle is enjoyable, and my high standards and values protect me from the pain of reckless choices. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Kiya
With tithing money from members Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Kiya
Yes, we believe in Christ. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Kiya
The apostles of Jesus Christ were rejected and killed. The authority to act in God's name was taken away and many doctrines in the Bible were distorted over time because people didn't always use the right interpretations. The Restoration brought back uncorrupted doctrine and the authority that had been lost. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Kiya
President Thomas S. Monson Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Kiya
They will teach you about the Restoration, the Plan of Salvation, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the Commandments. They will also address your questions and concerns. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Kiya
No, my father has one wife. Polygamy was instituted a long time ago, but has since been banned. All Christians, Jews, and Muslims have polygamy in their past because Abraham practiced it. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Kiya
Be baptized by the proper authority. Contact missionaries for more information! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Kiya
To live with God, we must be baptized. However, many people have died without it, so we do baptisms for the dead. Baptisms for the dead is when we are vicariously baptized in behalf of someone who has already passed away. This way everyone will have a fair chance to accept that ordinance and live with God. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Kiya
It is the name of the women's group and they focus on charity. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Kiya
I personally feel that I make a difference in the way that I dress. I will only wear shirts that cover my stomach and have high neck lines and shorts and skirts that are long. I think that modesty in dress and appearance makes it easier for people around me to have pure thoughts. A tip that I feel will discourage pornography is to keep computers in areas of the home that have high traffic rather than in secluded areas. Keeping pictures of the Savior or of one's family in view while viewing the internet may also be an added protection. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Kiya
Absolutely. Show more Show less

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

Kiya
It prepares us for the wars and destruction that will precede the second coming of Jesus Christ. We know that if we are prepared, we don't need to be afraid. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Kiya
The Holy Ghost is a spirit that can dwell in the hearts of people. The purpose of the Holy Ghost is to testify of truth. I recognize the Holy Ghost when I have a burning in my heart, a prompting to do something, or a feeling of peace and hope. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Kiya
Husbands and wives should love and care for each other and for their children. Parents are to teach their children to love and serve God. Fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Kiya
What we know and feel inside about our religious convictions Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Kiya
I love a BYU devotional by Brad Wilcox called "His Grace is Sufficient" and recommend that you look it up online. All people who die will be resurrected meaning that their spirit will come back into their body. We will be perfected beings who are no longer subject to physical illnesses or disabilities. That is unconditional. However, if we want to live with God, it takes effort on our part. We must sincerely repent of our sins. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Kiya
For young men it is a Priesthood duty, but for young women and older couples it is a choice. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Kiya
The power and authority to act in God's name Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Kiya
It is a nickname because we believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Kiya
Modesty helps to keep thoughts chaste and pure. Because I respect my parents, an easy way for me to judge what choices to make is to not do anything that I would be embarrassed to tell my parents about. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Kiya
1 All are welcome and invited to come to the Temples. However, before coming they must be clean. Only members whose lives are in harmony with the standards of the church are allowed to come inside. 2 It's not secret it's sacred. 3 Marriages are performed that last forever not just "until death do you part." Members also do proxy baptisms and marriage sealings in behalf of the deceased to make it possible for those who have died without them to live forever with their loved ones and with God. Show more Show less