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Hi I'm Kyle

I'm excited to be alive because of my faith in Christ, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I laugh really really loud. A lot. Some find it annoying, others find it endearing. I have a hard time finding a volume control for my voice. I seem to speak too quietly or much too loud, with little in-between. I try to control it, but often fail. That's ok, though, because the world needs people like me. People who are both too loud, and too quiet. I was born in Utah, and moved shortly thereafter to Oregon, where my family settled in Salem. I served as a missionary in the Michigan Lansing Mission, which encompases the whole state of Michigan except for the greater Detroit area. I'm currently at Brigham Young University studying Biophysics. I really love to talk to people and seek to understand them better, no matter their religious, socio-economic, or philosophical background. I've always had an imaginative personality. When I was younger, I would always play pretend games, making up characters and situations, worlds without end. I try to keep that childlike love of fun in all that I do, though I tend to take things a little too seriously sometimes. I enjoy music and hanging out with friends. I still go on adventures, and I will always enjoy discovering myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon for a lot of reasons. Honestly, I started out a Mormon because my parents were Mormon. I learned about Christ and kept His commandments because that is what my parents taught me. It wasn't difficult to believe in a believing household. That being said, I've had to make my own decisions throughout my life. There came a time in my life, as I'm sure it does in everyone's, when questions arose in my mind concerning the validity of what I believed. Even during these times of relative doubt, I've never forsaking that fundamental belief I had. Why not? Well, it was the only thing that gave me profound and lasting peace. Every time I strayed from the path I was taught, and sought answers from outside sources, I was always confronted with sadness and emptiness. My parents were very patient with me, and I eventually discovered that I didn't need to find some obscure way to find happiness. The way lay before me the whole time. As I learned and relearned the basic principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and began to really practice them--by my own choice--I have found the peace I've craved my entire life. It has become very real to me. No matter what I've done in my life, peace has always come to me by following Jesus Christ. Now, there's a lot to following Christ, and I'll attempt to explain that throughout this page.

How I live my faith

My faith permeates my whole existence. There is no part of my life untouched, at least in small degrees, by my faith in Jesus Christ and His restored church. Don't get me wrong, I still make mistakes just like anybody else, and I'm still coming to know my Savior in a more personal and profound way, but I've allowed this faith to change me and mold my habits and activities. I suppose one way I live my faith is by trying to reach out in love and kindness to other people. I'm not naturally inclined toward this, as meeting new people often fills me with anxiety and dread. That being said, when I exercise faith in my Savior, trusting His teachings about the worth of every soul, I am able to know and understand my peers on a more profound level. And that, interestingly enough, fills me with more joy and lasting peace than almost any activity I've engaged in. I try and live my faith by being moldable, or at least attempting to be. I'm not perfect, and you aren't either, so I'm willing to change a little if it means I come to understand God more, or love my neighbor with a greater capacity. Most of the time this involves small changes--little commitments to follow my Savior a little more by observing His words and obeying his commandments a little more exactly. Learning about what my Savior expects of me and wants for me by personal study and prayer has changed my life, and allows me to continue to change, for the better, every day.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Kyle
We can increase our faith in Jesus Christ by acting on his message. Hearing the word of God is only step one. Then we have to experiment upon the word, or act in harmony with what we have learned. It really is that simple. Reading the scriptures is an action. Praying is an action. Serving others is an action. As we exercise our faith in these principles, as well as other principles, our faith will increase, and we will have a greater desire to follow God's word. It's a very rewarding pattern of living. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Kyle
Yes. Show more Show less

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

Kyle
Mormons believe that the Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. The Godhead is made up of our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. All three of them are necessary because of the roles they play. Heavenly Father is the father of our spirits and is the grand designer of the universe. Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. The Holy Ghost is the testifier of truth. He has a spirit body, and is seperate from the Father and the Son. The Godhead is one in purpose, completely unified in all things they do. We believe that the Holy Ghost has the role of conveying information to us from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He is the means that we receive answers to prayers. He comforts us in times of trial. Without the Holy Ghost, we wouldn't know about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost testifies of them through feelings and thoughts, impressing upon our souls their reality. Those feelings can be described as love, joy, peace, happiness, confidence, goodness, etc. The thoughts that come are inspiring and uplifting. Personally, I feel like I want to help other people, to be fair, to have mercy, and to make others happy. The Holy Ghost can bring these kind of feelings and inspire these kind of thoughts. Everyone feels the influence of the Holy Ghost differently. Everyone has to learn to recognize the Holy Ghost for themselves. I love the Holy Ghost, and I'm grateful for the influence I've felt from him. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Kyle
A ward or branch is a group of members of the church in a specific geographical area. It is made up of all members of the church who live in that area. It is a community instituted to help the members of the church, called saints, to strengthen and help one another live the gospel. The organization allows the members to really get to know one another, and be led by one another. Sometimes this takes faith, as the leaders are called from the membership of their ward or branch, and are as imperfect as you or I. That being said, I've only been blessed as I've supported my local leaders and followed their counsel. I've been very blessed as I've sought to strengthen those in my local congregation as well A "stake" is in reference to the Old Testament, when the church was compared to a tent, with stakes holding the tent up. A stake is the governing body over a group of wards and branches. It is led, like wards and branches, by local leaders. So, the leader of a stake (called a "stake president") could be anything from a struggling schoolteacher to a prestigious university professor, an esteemed doctor or an accomplished lawyer. I've personally encountered all of these as either stake presidents or ward leaders. So, in summary, a "ward" or "branch" is a group of saints that meet together to worship and support each other, all from the same local area. A "stake" is larger, and encompasses many wards or branches, with leaders called from those wards or branches. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Kyle
Jesus Christ, though Joseph Smith restored the church in 1830. Show more Show less