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Hi I'm Kimmel

I'm a stay at home mom, wife, daughter, and writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married to my best friend, my high school sweetheart, and the love of my life. We have three adorable daughters and I have the amazing privilege of being home with them every day. I have recently developed a love of writing. I have been working on my second Young Adult novel with multiple ideas for future projects. There is something magical about creating a world that follows your rules. I hope to one day write a story that touches the heart of at least one person who reads it. That would be amazing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon by parents who were also both raised Mormon. The Gospel has always been a part of my life, and I'm truly grateful for that. The Lord's church is one of service, love, and kindness. As a child I went to church because my parents told me to. As a teenager, I went because I liked spending time with my friends. As an adult, I go because it provides me with strength to face each new week and the challenges that come when you live in a world where it's normal to do questionable things. It's impossible to feel alone when you know there are so many around you who feel the same way you do. I love to learn about my Savior and how I can be closer to Him. I love that I have the privilege of teaching the children in the church, as a Primary teacher, about the Lord's sacrifice for us. I love that we have a latter-day Prophet who is here to teach us and lead us. We don't have to read the Bible and wonder why God loved the people who lived then more than he does us. I know that we are His children just as much as they were. The true church is on the earth, and I am blessed to be a part of it.

How I live my faith

The church is set up in a unique way. As members, we have the opportunity to be the teachers. I have had the privilege of teaching multiple age groups, including toddlers, teenagers, and adult women. Preparing a lesson about Christ's Atonement is an incredible way to learn more about what a true blessing it is. You see things in a new perspective when you're the one doing the research, making sure that you know the answers to the questions that might be asked. I currently have the privilege of teaching the 10 year olds. What an amazing age! They are old enough to sit through an entire 30 minute lesson and engage themselves in the conversation. They truly learn things that they didn't know before and have a strong desire to know their Savior. As a teacher, it is important that I set an example for the children that I teach. It's amazing how much easier it is to focus on making right choices when you feel a responsibility to the children of the world.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Missions are not a requirement of the church, but they are highly encouraged, especially with the young men of the church. I grew up in a home with three sisters and one brother. My parents never made me feel like I had to go but they always let me know that if I ever wanted to serve a mission they would fully support me in that decision. I decided to serve a mission when I was nineteen years old but I had to wait until I was twenty-one to serve. (Females used to have to wait until they were twenty-one, but last year the ages were moved from twenty-one to nineteen for females and nineteen to eighteen for males.) My decision was not an easy one. I was dating my husband at the time but I knew I would be a stronger wife and mother if I followed my desires to serve. My husband and I both served missions, which was a sacrifice. In the twenty-five months we were apart we only communicated by written letters for the first half and occasional emails were added during the second half. Our separation and similar goals brought us closer together on his return. As a result, we have a strong marriage. We both know that we are both dedicated to this Gospel and we have a desire to share that dedication with our children and with the jobs we're asked to do within the church. Our missions made us the people we are today. If I had to do it all over again I would in a heartbeat. Show more Show less