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Hi I'm Kirsi

I grew up in Arizona. I love to sing and dance in my kitchen. I'm an aspiring novelist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I currently work in marketing for a local insurance agency. I love to read in my free time - some of my all time favorites include "Ella Enchanted," "Harry Potter" (book 7 is probably my favorite), and "LotR: Return of the King." My current favorite TV show is probably either Chuck or Leverage (though my all-time favorite would have to be Stargate, both SG-1 and Atlantis...not so much Universe...). I love to travel and have had the opportunity to visit quite a few places: Austria, Bolivia, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Scottland, Sweden, and a few more. My bucket list still includes Egypt, Rome, and a return to Ireland and Scottland (just can't get enough of those two countries - they are gorgeous!).

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. While my father too has been a member all his life, my mother was baptized a member when she was 20 (she was born into a Lutheran family). Having been raised in the church, I can't say there was one moment in my life that converted me to the gospel of Jesus Christ, more like many little things over many years that have shaped me and taught me who I wanted to be. I guess one of the most important things that I know is that we are all children of God - I am a daughter of God. And He loves each one of us. And because He loves each one of us so much He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to show us how to live, how to be better than we are, how to come unto Him, and how to return to live with Him someday. I know Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. I know He gave His life for all of us, because He loves us. I know He lives, and because He lives, after this mortal existence is over, we all will live again someday. I know God hears and answers prayers. I know He wants us to be happy and I know He wants us to succeed in life. And because He wants those things for us, I know that Jesus Christ restored His gospel on the earth through Joseph Smith so we might receive direction and help in these latter-days. I know Joseph Smith was called of God, just as prophets of old in the Bible. And I know that we have a living prophet of God today, President Thomas S. Monson, who leads and guides the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under the direction of Jesus Christ, himself. I know families are forever, not just for this lifetime. How grateful I am for this knowledge! I know that these truths have not only shaped who I am, but day by day continue to shape me and remind me of who I want to be.

How I live my faith

I currently play the organ on Sundays for church...though not extremely well. I could probably use a lesson or two. :) I'm a big fan of family history and love getting lost in genealogical records.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Kirsi
We have church service every Sunday for 3 hours. The first hour (and most important hour) is called Sacrament meeting, wherein we take the sacrament (bread and water - we don't drink wine), listen to a few speakers (either members of the congregation, also referred to as a ward, or local leaders), and open and close with a prayer and song (sometimes there are intermediate musical numbers which are my favorite). The second hour is traditionally referred to as Sunday School. I currently attend a singles ward (for single members between the age of 18 to 31) so there isn't a need for splitting up the ward by age group, but in a family ward (single people can attend one of these too), there are classes based on age - the Primary for children, classes for teenagers of each age starting at 12, and then the adult Sunday School class for all those graduated from high school. The last hour of the day is split up by gender. The children will stay in primary all together, but girls from 12 to 18 will attend Young Women's, boys from 12 to 18 will attend Young Men, adult men will attend Elder's Quorom and adult women attend Relief Society. This gives everyone a chance to study the same topics, but in a different atmosphere. For me Relief Society is one of the most enjoyable hours because I can sit back, listen, and learn from the life experience of all the other women that are in my ward. All three hours - though it may seem long to some (and I'll be honest, when I haven't slept well the night before, even to me) - really help to rejuvenate me for the coming week and are good platforms for learning about/being reminded of gospel topics/principles. Everyone is welcome to join us on Sunday! If you copy and paste the following link into your browser, you can find a meeting house near you along with the meeting schedule: http://lds.org/maps/index.jsf?lang=eng#x=find&m=microsoft&lat=0&lng=0&z=2&t=3. Hope you find the meetings enjoyable! Show more Show less