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Hi I'm Kyle

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm happily married and have two small, wonderful children. I'm a real estate attorney and when I'm not in the office, I try to spend as much time with my family as possible, while also squeezing in some time for watching sports, playing golf and being with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and grew up learning the doctrines and seeing them put into practice by dedicated and faithful parents. Their example inspired me to take my faith seriously but there came a time when I needed to know for myself whether the Mormon faith was for me. I am a Mormon today because I took the time to read the Book of Mormon and then prayed to Heavenly Father for an answer to the simple yet profound question of "is what I'm reading true." Through the Holy Ghost, I received my answer of "YES." Since that first experience, I have often knelt and prayed for confirmation of my feelings and beliefs, and a loving Heavenly Father continues to answer my prayers and send me reassurances that I'm on His path.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying, day by day, to do what Heavenly Father has asked of me. That means trying to be a better husband and father. It means being more patient and charitable. It also means accepting assignments from my local Church leaders and doing my best to faithfully fulfill those assignments. For now, I serve as the mission leader for our congregation, which means I have the immense privilege of working with the Mormon missionaries and coordinating their efforts to help bring people unto Christ. My other assignments have included working with the youth and teaching a number of different Sunday School classes.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

There are 14,000,000 Mormons!!! That is a lot of people with a lot of different personal, social and familial customs. What I'm saying is that there are few "Mormon customs" per se, just the customs of the members of the Church wherever you might live. With that said, there are some customs that seem to harmonize across the Church worldwide. On Sundays, we tend to wear dress clothes to Church. That means a shirt and tie for the men and a skirt or dress for the women. Make no mistake, there is no dress code and everyone is welcome at Church - you may just feel a little more comfortable if you are dressed like the rest of the members. Another custom is that our meetings tend to be reverent, so we don't clap after songs or sermons and during sermons, we tend to just listen quietly. If you attend Church, I'm sure you'll see other things that stick out to you, but just ask the missionaries or a member sitting next to you to explain what it is you're seeing, they will be more than happy to help. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

We belive that the family is central to God's plan for His children - both in this life and in the next. In this life, the family is where God wants us to learn about Him and His Son. It is also where He wants us to put into practice the teachings of Jesus - we do that by treating our family members with love and respect. The family is where, in this life, we can experience true happiness. Since the family is where our most happy moments come, God has a plan for our families to continue into the next life. If a husband and wife are married in a temple of God, there they make promises that they will honor God and each other. If they do this in this life, one of the promised blessings is that their marriage will continue into the next life. Since families have the possibility of being eternal in duration, Mormons believe everything should be done to foster loving and healthy family relationships. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

No - Mormons do not practice polygamy, though that is a common misunderstanding. Early in the Church’s history, a limited number of members practiced polygamy at the direction of the Lord but that practice was stopped over 100 years ago, again, at the direction of the Lord. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A "testimony" is a thing of faith. When I say I have a testimony of Jesus, what I'm saying is that I have faith in Jesus. It doesn't mean I know for sure that Jesus was the Son of God, but it means that I believe he was the Son of God but that belief is something more than just hope. Hope turns to faith when we receive an answer from God that what we are hoping for is true. That answer can come in a lot of different ways but usually comes from a quiet but firm feeling of peace or assurance. Those feelings come directly from our Heavenly Father and if we want them to last, we have to act on those feelings. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

It's God's power, which he gives to worthy men to bless the lives of all of God's children. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

The First Vision is what we call Joseph Smith, Jr.'s miraculous experience in 1820. Joseph was only 14 years old at the time but despite his young age, he was confused about why there were so many different churches and wanted to know which one he should join. When his own investigation of the churches didn't reveal any clear answer, he followed the counsel of the Bible and asked Heavenly Father directly. Joseph’s prayer was answered when Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ personally appeared to him. They answered Joseph’s question in a way he never expected. They told him not to join any of the churches at that time as none were Christ’s Church – the Church that Jesus had established during his mortal ministry. Ten years later, under Jesus’ direction, Joseph would re-establish Christ’s Church – now called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

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

Paying tithes is an ancient custom of God's Church and that custom has been reinstituted in this age as well. On a spiritual level, we pay 10% of our income to the Church as a sign of faith - faith in God's promise that if we put Him first, He will bless us with what we most need. On a practical level, we pay 10% of our income to the Church so the Church can continue its various programs. Those programs bless the lives of God's children on many different levels - I have complete confidence that my tithes are being used exactly as God would want the money used. Show more Show less

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

First, you invite the Mormon missionaries to teach you about the Church and our beliefs. As they teach you, they will ask you to do very basic things so that you can know, for yourself, whether you should join the Church. These things include reading the Book of Mormon, praying to Heavenly Father about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and attending Church. When you've gained a personal conviction that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's true church, the missionaries will invite you to be baptized and confirmed a member of the Church. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

The prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. President Monson as we call him is a man of God and like the prophets of old, he communes with God and then shares with us God's will. In a world where values always seem to be shifting down, having a living prophet is such a blessing. God knows of the current moral pitfalls we are trying avoid and through His prophet, He is constantly counseling us on how to avoid those pitfalls so we can enjoy true happiness in this life and eternal happiness in the next life. Show more Show less

Eternal life is, in its simplest form, to live with God and Jesus and to enjoy everything that They have. Eternal life is God's gift to all of His children who are willing to listen to His commandments and to do their very best to follow those commandments. Because we all fall short of the perfection required to enjoy eternal life, Heavenly Father allowed his Son to be sacrificed for our sakes, and that sacrifice makes the gift of eternal life possible. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

What happens after we die? WE LIVE – thanks entirely to the great sacrifice of Jesus. Immediately after our deaths, our spirits are separated from our bodies but we continue to live. If we gained a belief in Jesus during this life and were faithful to that belief, we will live as spirits in a place generally described as “paradise.” Otherwise, we will live as spirits in a place generally described as “prison.” Part of God’s plan for us is that the spirits in paradise will teach the Gospel of Jesus to the spirits in prison so that everyone, no matter when or where they lived during this life, will have an opportunity to accept the teachings of Jesus. Eventually our spirits and bodies will be reunited in a perfect body (a body that never ages and never gets sick). In this perfect body, we will be judged by our Heavenly Father based on our firmness in following the teachings of Jesus. If we have been faithful, we will live forever with Heavenly Father and He will lovingly give us everything He has. If we never gained a belief in Jesus or were not faithful to that belief, we will live forever outside of God’s presence. Those outside of God’s presence will always wish for something more but they will experience some level of eternal happiness because God is love and He loves nothing more than His children. Show more Show less