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Hi I'm Kirsten

I'm a Canadian who grew up around the world. I'm a compulsive reader and part time writer.I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a person who has had two distinct lives. As the child of a Canadian diplomat, I grew up in developing countries and had adventures with earthquakes, war time evacuations and very large bugs. This experience gave me an abiding concern for international aid and development issues. In my adult life, I am a stay at home mother in a suburb in western Canada where my husband and I are raising one son and one daughter. When I'm not driving my kids from one activity to another, I like reading Jane Austen novels and watching Star Trek. I also love to make books, paper craft, garden, bake, work in my church library, and debate politics. My newest passion is my scripture blog.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have an abiding testimony of the Book of Mormon. I was born into the Mormon church, but like most people, I came to a point in my life where I had to decide if the church was true. I was attending seminary (daily religion classes taught to teenagers before school) and my teacher encouraged all of the students to study the scriptures for themselves. I began reading and completed all of them (the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price.) I did not have any dramatic experiences - no bright lights, no angelic visitations. But, as I kept reading my scriptures, particularly my Book of Mormon, I noticed that they brought an enormous amount of light, guidance and hope into my life. I have learned that when I pray about my problems or concerns, read my Book of Mormon, and take notes while I study, I gain insight into the challenges of my life. For me, the Book of Mormon and other scriptures are a gateway to divine aid and knowledge. I know that the scriptures are the words of God because they have brought God's love and power into my life.

How I live my faith

I try to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. For me, this means immersing myself in the scriptures. When I read the scriptures regularly, I am more sensitive to the guidance of the Holy Ghost. This helps me make decisions in my own life and makes me more aware of people around me who need help. On a concrete level, I try to serve Jesus Christ by serving people around me. This begins with my family. I am lucky to be a stay-at-home mom which gives me time to support and help my husband and children. At church, I serve as the church librarian and am responsible for ordering, cataloguing and distributing teaching materials on Sundays. I also visit teach which involves making monthly visits to three ladies in my congregation. We talk about gospel topics and I try to help out when they need it. I'll bring them meals when they are sick or help out with practical errands when they are pressed for time. Visiting teaching is a wonderful way to help people on a practical level. I also try to serve in my community, whether by means donating money to good causes or volunteering with community organizations. I sincerely believe that when we serve others, we are serving Christ. 

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Kirsten
 Mormons believe that everyone is a child of God and that we should love, help, and serve whenever and whoever we can. In fact, this weekend, I spent a few hours volunteering at an information booth for our city's emergency women's shelter. At Christmas, I volunteered at a gift-wrapping fundraising for the shelter. And my 11 year old daughter is trying to figure out how to raise funds for the shelter. Every fall, our family and congregation participate in a city-wide drive for the local food bank to help people of any faith who can't afford groceries. We try to live Jesus Christ's injunction, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Kirsten
Mormon temples are not secret, but they are sacred places where we consecrate ourselves to the service of God. When Mormons are baptized, we promise to serve God and keep His commandments. In the temple, we promise a greater level of commitment and dedication. Anyone who is not able to make or keep a baptismal covenant is not able to honour temple covenants. It is never a good idea to break or make light of covenants with God. For this reason, only committed church members are able to make further covenants with God in the temple. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Kirsten
Mormon women are very diverse but they are amazing. Some have careers, some stay at home with children; some are married, some are single; some are outgoing and sassy, some are quiet and shy. But the Mormon women I have known for 40 years are all women of enormous capacity. They love and serve their families, they take meals to sick neighbours and look after children for busy friends, they volunteer at school, and visit the lonely. They help a child with a school project, plan an activity for 100 people or volunteer in an election campaign. At church, Mormon women lead church auxiliaries, write and present sermons in Sunday meetings, teach in classes, and preach and testify in all settings. Obviously, Mormons believe men and women are equal. The responsibilities of men and women differ: men hold the priesthood and women have responsibilities that are tilted more towards nurturing and less towards administration. (Although, women do have significant administrative responsibilities within many church auxiliaries and programs.) It is worth noting that the blessings of the priesthood are available equally to both men and women; men cannot use the priesthood to benefit themselves. Both men and women are equal in their need for the atoning grace of Jesus Christ and their need to follow Him and serve mankind as He did. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Kirsten
Busy and blessed! Mormons are busy people: we care for our families, help out in our communities, serve at church, worship at church and in our temples, research family history, have regular family nights, and pray and study our scriptures daily. This sounds tiring and sometimes it is, but it brings great blessings. Our lives are filled with meaningful service, faith, commitment, perspective, love, hope, and peace. We strive to build strong families and have strong bonds of love and care within our congregations. So, we are busy but we are definitely blessed. Show more Show less