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Hi I'm Kina

I grew up in a small town in WA state. I'm a wife, a mom, and a learner. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a mom of three little boys and a wife of a mental health counselor. I feel like these two things are a lot of what defines me at the moment. Though struggles come with this identity those struggles are also my greatest joys. I am constantly learning, whether it's doctoring skills, communication, how to teach math and reading, or how to empathize with my companion who is struggling inside with experiences from work that he can't talk about. I too a break from formal schooling but I believe my schooling has never ended. A little more about me is that I am a licensed foster parent. I am the youngest of seven children. My oldest sister has struggled for a long time with drug addiction. Her children went into foster care and we have had three of her children in our home at different times. Those times were some of the hardest times in my life. My sister is still struggling and I am constantly working on forgiving and understanding. I attend an LDS addiction support group for loved ones. The gospel of Jesus Christ is at the very center of who I am. I am a daughter of God and a mother. I am a daughter of God and a wife. In all that I do, if I remember that I am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father, then I know everything will fall into place for my good. I truly believe that. That is who I am.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom and dad raised me in the LDS Church, taking me to church on Sunday and doing things at home to teach me and my siblings but by all means it wasn't perfect. Leaders in the Church have given families a lot of tools to make families successful but of course to have that happiness we have to follow consistantly. My parents did good but today they look back and see what they missed, as most of us do. I had some siblings that went all different directions trying to find fun and happiness which still today those that did not turn to the Lord for help in their search are still looking for it. When I was young I recognized how I felt when I went to church and how happy my family was when we followed the guidance of our loving leaders. I don't know when I made the decision but I know that somewhere I made the decision that I would always ask my Heavenly Father where I should be, because I knew He wanted me where I could find true happiness and joy; success. As I've turned to Him through the years He's always told me, through the feelings I receive, that this is where He wants, this is where every man will find those things. I have felt it. I know that through the restoration of the gospel we have available the full atonement of Jesus Christ. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In the scriptures we are taught to love our neighbors and become like our Heavenly Father. This is definitely a lifetime pursuit. I am doing my best to do all that the Father asks of me. Some of the things I am doing now to become more like my Father in heaven is being a wife, mom, sister and friend. Often there are people in the world that think that these are just things that are given not jobs or anything of much worth. I believe that these things are far more than that. Each day I do my best to do what I think the Lord would have me do in these roles. I serve and love my husband. I do all I can to be a companion and support to him. Each day I willingly sacrifice for my sons, though often I do not see it as a sacrifice while at others times it is difficult and feels like a great sacrifice. I do my best to be more gentle and patient to teach them love and kindness. I know that the Lord would have us be forever sisters and brothers so I do all I can to help my siblings as they struggle or are in need of help. As well as being a friend to our family members there are also others around us. Within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints there is a program called Visiting Teaching. It is designed for the women in the church to inspire and show forth love to one another. It is an opportunity to serve each other and be the Lord's hands and an instrument to help each woman feel the individual love that He has. I love being a part of the program. It is amazing how the Lord knows our needs and is aware of us individually. I do my best to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit to serve the women around me. I strive to do what the Savior would do if He were on the earth at this time. This is how I live my faith.