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Hi I'm Kyra

I grew up in Layton, Utah. I'm a wildlife biologist in Nevada and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with the Wasatch Mountains in my backyard. I love the outdoors and animals so I decided to become a wildlife biologist and now work as one with the federal government. I've been married nearly 9 years and we have moved all over the United States for my job. We have lived in Wisconsin, New Mexico, all over Utah, and now Nevada. I just got my Master's degree and am working on a second bachelor's degree. I love learning, reading, writing, nature photography, and spending time with my family, including my Newfoundland, three cats, and hamster.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church and baptized when I was 8 years old. My entire family is Mormon and my ancestors were among the first to settle the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. While I was involved in church and seminary, I was not a believer. Once I moved away for college I stopped all involvement with the church and practiced paganism and nature worship. I married another member of the church, though we was inactive at the time. We started to attend church in Wisconsin in 2004 and 2005 but fell away again until last Spring 2010. It was not until this past year that I gained a testimony. It was the most difficult year of my life. My husband and I both had health problems and surgeries, legal problems, and reached a point where we lost all trust in each other and nearly got a divorce. In desperation we met with our Bishop. He gave us weekly homework assignments to strengthen our marriage. We started going to church, meeting with the missionaries, participating in church activities, and we read scriptures and prayed every night. I truly opened my heart for the first time and listened to the gospel. I realized that believing in the church is not about having a perfect knowledge of life and this world and matching up with scientific explanations. It is about having faith in things hoped for but not seen, as it explains in the book of Alma, chapter 32. It was so comforting after years of feeling so alone to talk to my Heavenly Father and really believe someone was listening and cared. The church saved my marriage and while me and my husband still have our set backs, we are making progress every day that we live the gospel Recently my husband was diagnosed with advanced metastatic melanoma. Without our faith it would be even more difficult to cope. I believe this church is true. I believe that following the gospel you will have true happiness and peace and harmony in yourself and your family.

How I live my faith

The church in my community always has fun activities planned. We have potlucks, picnics, softball games, basketball tournaments, movie nights, conferences, craft nights, etc.

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Families can be together forever by getting sealed in the temple in a special ceremony once they have been baptized and found worthy by their church leader. If a husband and wife are married in the temple, all their biological children are automatically sealed to them. If they adopt a child they can go back to the temple and have the child sealed to them. Show more Show less