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Hi I'm Kiersty

I'm a student, a traveler, a feminist and a Mormon. I love literature, language, science fiction, fantasy, superheroes and comics.

About Me

I graduated with a BA in Spanish in August 2011 and with my MA in Hispanic Literature in 2015. I study Spanish literature and the Humanities. In other words, I read and write a lot, and I love it. Reading has been my favorite hobby ever since I was young, but I also enjoy watching movies and analyzing them, going on walks, spending time with my family, cooking, going country dancing, learning languages, wandering through art galleries and museums, travelling, going to parks to play on the swings, writing stories, and talking to friends, family and classmates about art, literature, movies, or whatever comes to mind. The most important aspect of my life is the fact that I'm a Mormon. It's part of my identity. My belief in Jesus Christ defines who I am and what I try to do in my life. My foremost goal is to become like Him. For a year and a half, I served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Argentina Rosario Mission. I love the people I met there and I was so happy to be able to share the gospel with them. Now I'm starting a doctorate in Hispanic Studies, with a minor in Gender and Women's studies.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that God is my Heavenly Father who loves me greatly. I believe He has prepared a plan to help His children, including me, to come back and live with Him after this life is over. I believe that the Savior Jesus Christ is a central part of that plan, that He paid for my sins and took my sorrows upon Himself so that I might be able to find peace in this life and for eternity. I believe that through God's plan and through my obedience to His commandments, I can have obtain eternal life and eternal happiness, along with my family. I know that Jesus Christ established His one true church so that all of God's children can know about God's plan and return to live with Him.

How I live my faith

I'm in the first year of my doctoral program. I'm working on my PhD in Hispanic Studies, which I'm quite excited about. Life is crazy busy, but making my religion a part of my daily life helps me stay sane. It's wonderful to go to church and hear the gospel, and make new friends. My husband and I attend church each Sunday in a diverse ward where he works with the cub scouts and I teach a class of 11 and 12 year old kids. I try to pray and read my scriptures each day. One of my goals is to be a friend to everyone and put Christlike principles into practice in my daily life. The temple is highly important to me because it's a place where I can go to remember my relationship with God. It's very special to me and I'm grateful for the opportunity to help others make the temple a part of their lives, too. I believe firmly that all people are equal. I'm a feminist and defend the rights of both women and men, because we are all children of God and I believe we should treat one another accordingly.

Are Mormons Christians?

I believe that a Christian is someone who believes in and strives to be like the Savior Jesus Christ. Therefore, Mormons are definitely Christians, because we believe in Jesus Christ and we do our best to follow His perfect example. The official name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As members of that church, we believe that Christ is our Savior. He is God's Son, who was sent to earth to provide a way for us to live with God again. He was born, He lived a perfect life, He paid for the sins of the world, He died, and He lives again. I am a Mormon. I believe in Jesus Christ. I am a Christian. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

I believe it is important for missionaries to actively teach about our religion because I believe it is true. I believe that it is the only way to find complete and lasting happiness in this life and for eternity. Why would I not want others to know about something that makes me happy? As a Mormon, I believe that all human beings are children of God and that He wants all of His children to be happy. God will never treat His children unfairly and so He wants them all to have a chance to accept the truth. I believe that is why He has established the church and why He has asked the members of His church to share it with those around them. Show more Show less