Hi I'm Kiya
I have a young daughter. I am a high school teacher. My husband of three years has recently filed for divorce. 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!
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
Imagine having the cure to cancer- you wouldn't keep it to yourself! The Gospel is my spiritual cure to overcome hard things, and I want to share it with everyone! I do that by inviting my friends to come to church activities with me and by setting an example in the way I live what I believe.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
I have prayed countless times for strength from God to help me overcome challenges. I soon find that my weaknesses become strengths, and I know that I could absolutely not have done it on my own!
What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?
I am working to become more understanding. I think that criticism, even just in my thoughts, hurts my relationships with my family. The more understanding I am, the more I loving I am, and the more I enjoy being with them.
What is hope and what do you hope for?
Hope is an assurance that I will live with God again through the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Frequently, the context of the word 'hope' reflects a certain degree of doubt such as, "I hope it doesn't rain today" or "I hope I do well on my exam." However, in the religious context my hope is securely grounded by my faith. Although I am not a perfect person, I know that I can repent and become absolutely clean so that I will live with God after I die.
How I live my faith
Every day I live my faith by reading the scriptures and praying to God. I wear clothing that keeps my body modestly covered and live other standards such as not swearing. Most of all, I focus on having integrity so as to not do anything that would offend my Father in Heaven. I attend church every Sunday. My calling is to teach the 10-year-old children. I prepare my lessons using a manual. For an hour on Sunday, the children and I talk about stories from the Bible like Samuel the boy Prophet, Daniel and the lion's den, Israel and the brass serpent, and Noah and the flood. I teach them principles from the lessons that they can apply in their lives to help them follow Jesus Christ. I try to help them recognize when they are feeling the Holy Ghost. We talk about how it makes us feel warm inside, like a burning in our hearts. It also brings us peace. Sometimes we feel tingles on our arms or have tears come to our eyes. My favorite description is that it feels like God wraps us up in His arms with a warm, comforting blanket. On Monday I have family home evening. My husband and I set aside this special time every week to be together. We plan activities that help us to grow closer to God and to each other like writing in our journals and researching our family history. We do not have children yet, but when we do we will continue this tradition with them.