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Hi I'm Kalia

I LOVE music! Songwriting is my #1 passion. I live in Springfield, MO. Recently married. Served a mission in Eugene & I'm a Mormon

About Me

I love music. Next to God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, music is my life and passion. When I'm down and feeling depressed, it is my anti-depressant. When I'm feeling lonely, it is my best friend. It's how I like best to communicate my feelings with the world around me. I dance, sing and play the piano and guitar (all only adequitly), but I've learned enough in all of them to use those skills for my main musical passion and abilities which are music composition and lyricist. I feel there is no better way to trully express myself than through song. Also, though I don't find a ton of time for it anymore, I am thrilled when I have the chance to create something from practically nothing. My mom is an artist, and she has taught me the basics of sculpting, pastels, painting and drawing and I inherited from her a love for the arts. I love the feeling of pure joy that comes to me when what I see in my mind and what I see with my eyes become one and the same. My other passions are reading (mostly the classics, young adult novels and mystery books) and writing my own stories as well. If I had to lump all my passions into one desire, I suppose it would have to be the desire to create. I love to create. Something out of nothing~what a feeling!!!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS faith. As a child, I had faith in the testimony of others that the Savior lived and that the Church was true. Late into my teens, I hit my rebellious years. I found myself not going to church on Sundays, not feeling like I wanted to be there even when I went. I didn´t read my scriptures or say my prayers (I thought I had better places to be, more interesting things to be doing). But the reason why I am still a member of the church today is because, when I left those things behind I found myself lost and alone. The joy in my life (which I discovered really was the gospel) was gone and I wanted it back. The road back from inactivity isn´t easy, it wasn't easy for me. The things I had always found as ¨second nature¨ growing up (like church and scripture study) did not come easily for a long time. But slowly the gospel lit up my life again, and I found that joy. I rediscovered for myself the joy this gospel (the gospel of Jesus Christ) brings. When I felt alone, I had that knowledge that Christ was there for me, that He lives and loves me, and that changed my life completely. That´s what the gospel is all about, the joy that Jesus Christ can give you, the guilt and shame that He can lift off your shoulders, the weights and burdens He can make light. That is how I know, for myself, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. I´ve seen it work miracles on my heart and in my soul. I have become converted to Christ.

How I live my faith

So, I just got done serving an 18 month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Eugene Oregon. During that time, I talked w/ my family on Christmas & Mother´s Day, e-mailed them weekly, & wrote letters back & forth, but I had no direct contact w/ them. This is so that I could give my full attention to the work God called me to do in His name. Among the challenges of being a missionary was, of course, being far away from family & friends. Also, the work load is sometimes difficult. There are times I struggled staying awake, studying & not being w/ those I love... but the blessings we have received & can share w/ others by teaching them about the Church & how it can help change their lives, those blessings far out number the challenges & frustrations that we have faced. I have felt God's love for those I have served. It has helped me have a greater desire for them to have the joy I've found through Jesus Christ & the Restored Gospel. I´m glad I came on a mission. It was not an easy decision, but it was an obvious one. I knew that I could not sit idle, content in my own happiness from the gospel, I had to share it with my brothers and sisters. His Gospel is true, the Church (His Church) is true & I know it. I want others to be able to find that out for themselves. Now that I am home, I plan to continue sharing the Gospel thru the example I set in the life I live & by following the example of Paul for "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ"!

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Kalia
It is a very special previlege to serve a mission. We volunteer to serve for a period of 18 months for women and 2 years for young men. It is not a requirement of our faith, but it is the desire of those who have come to know the joy the Gospel of Jesus Christ has brought to their life, to share it with others. A mission is the perfect opportunity to do that. I chose to go on my mission not out of a sense of duty or requirement, but because I know that God lives and loves me, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored gosel of Jesus Christ on the earth today, I know how much it has blessed me and I wanted the opportunity to share that with others, and to serve the Lord with all my heart, might, mind and strength. It is a sacrafice, mainly because I am away from my family for a time, I don't know the area very well, and I've always been a rather shy person... it especially hard right now because I am having health issues that add to the difficulty of this work, but God has blessed me for my sacrafices and that is another important reason why I'm here. I am gaining more and becoming more from this mission than was worth any of the sacrifices I had to make to get here. 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?

Kalia
The things that take place in our Temples are not secret so much as they are sacred. They are special gifts from God and need to be treated with respect. That is why we only allow those who have prepared themselves to receive those gifts with the reverence they deserve to go to the Temple. In the Temple, we make covenants (two way promises with God). We promise to do our part, and He promises us blessings if we are faithful. God does not take His part of those covenants lightly, so it is important that we don't either. That is why we wait until we are trully prepared to KEEP our covenants, before we enter the Temple. In the Temple we are also "sealed" to our families. This means that the earthly bonds of marriage and family that are "til death do us part" can become, instead, eternal bonds that can and will last forever, if we keep our part of the covenants with God. We also have the chance to stand on earth in the place of those who have died with-out the opportunity to make those covenants and give them that chance, if they choose for themselves, to accept it. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Kalia
This is a grand part of God's plan for His children. He loves all His children equally, and therefore, gives each of us (in this life and in the next) and chance to accept the Gospel and be baptized (which is an essential ordinance of Salvation). Christ himself, "to fulfill all righteousness" was baptized. Are we greater than He? And if we are in need of baptism, as part of our commit to "follow Christ", then would a loving Heavenly Father make it to where only some of His children would ever get that chance? I know that, because He does love us ALL, that that is not the case. So it is that EVERY son and daughter of God (in this life or in the next) will have that chance. And when they accept it for themselves, we stand on this earth as their proxy, to perform that ordinance for them who cannot do it for themselves. God is an fair and just God!!! Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Kalia
The name of our church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints", for it is Christ's church here in the latter-days. We believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It is He who we worship, it is He who leads our church through living prophets, and so it is by His name that we are called. But we have, from the beginning, been called by some by the term "Mormon". It was given to us by others as a nickname of sorts because of our belief in a book called the Book of Mormon. We believe the Book of Mormon to be additional scripture (the word of God, as is the Bible), and so comes our nickname as "Mormons". We do not mind being called "Mormons" as individuals, but we do want others to know that Christ is central to our every belief, and therefore, it is not the "Mormon Church" but The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Kalia
Just as in times past, God has a prophet on the earth today, to lead His church, under His direction, and help His children know His will and find their way back to live with Him again. President Thomas S. Monson is the current prophet today. He, along with his two counselors (Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf) and Twelve other men, called---like them of old---as Apostles (Boyd K. Packer, L. Tom Perry, Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks, M. Russell Ballard, Richard G. Scott, Robert D. Hales, Jeffrey R. Holland, David A. Bednar, Quentin L. Cook, D. Todd Christofferson, and Neil L. Andersen) oversee the affairs of the Church and recieve revelation from God for His children. Show more Show less