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Hi I'm Kim

I have a BA in Criminal Justice, I love languages, and am blessed to be a Taiwan Taipei missionary! Best of all, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from Southern Utah University in 2011 with a BA in Criminal Justice. At school, I also studied American Sign Language and Spanish. Because I found a love for Spanish, I took the opportunity to study and live in Spain for a month. While studying my languages I found a love for languages and cultures which has only grown since I've been called to serve for 18 months in the Taiwan Taipei mission. I never want to leave Taiwan! I have a love for the language, the culture, and especially the people. I'm also learning things I never thought possible, making friends I wouldn't have otherwise. My life is already so blessed by the opportunity and privilege of serving my Father in Heaven and His children every day, most of all by seeing how it has changed the lives of others and myself. My family and religion are the most important things in my life. I don't know what I would do without either of them, they have helped me to become who I am. There are many other things I enjoy to do but the Gospel of Christ really is at the center of who I am and helping me realize who I can become. I'm not perfect, but every day I get to become a little closer to my Savior, try harder to follow His example, and help others to come to know Him. Every day I can kneel down in prayer and ask for help, ask for how I can change, but also ask for strength and to be able to bless someone's life that day. The gospel lets me try to focus more on others, less on myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm LDS because it is the only true church on this Earth. It sounds incredible, God appearing to a teenage boy and still talking to a modern day prophet, but why wouldn't He? We are His creation, His children, and who best to talk to than a humble, unlearned, teenage boy? I've seen many churches but this is the only church that makes me feel comfortable and like I belong. There is a feeling in LDS churches unlike a feeling I've had in any other. The feeling like I belong and I'm loved and never alone, especially that someone else understands everything I go through so perfectly is the best thing I've felt. I've felt this way in any church building I enter, whether in my home state of Washington, in Utah where I've studied, in Spain, or in Taiwan. The church and its teachings are the same wherever I go. The feelings created in our buildings are the same. And there is an instant friendship and love from the members of the Church unlike anything else. It is the only church on this Earth with the complete truth. It is the only church I've heard that really urges its members to help each other, and more than that, to love everyone and try to accept them, no matter what. In the gospel, we are all brothers and sisters and we help each other as much as we can, it's hard to top that. I've also received that great feeling of warmth and love, where you cannot deny that it is God's power, telling me this IS His Church. I can't deny God and His love, so I wont deny His church.

How I live my faith

Every minute, every day, is a process, and a very important one. Currently I have the privilege to serve a full-time mission for the LDS Church. For 18 months, I will study my language and the teachings of Christ and His Church in depth so I can better teach them to my fellow brothers and sisters in the Taiwan Taipei mission. On missions, we get to share with others the same joy we feel, the joy the gospel of Jesus Christ has brought into our lives. Every day I get to smile and tell people in their own language, however limited my use of it may be, what I know to be true and give them the chance to change and improve their lives since Christ's teachings are all about change and how we can become better. There's nothing I'd rather be doing with my time. I truly feel like sharing this gospel any way I can, sharing the joy in my life, is the best thing I ever can or will do. But I think it's also in the quiet acts of love, of service, that our faith is shown. Not only in the vocal statements of "I know" but also in the acts of working to become like our Savior, that show where our faith and our heart lie. So every day I try to make it a process that helps me become a little better, a little closer to my Savior, and a little more like Him. Life is a journey, one where you're often unsure of the right path or the destination, but one that is full of joys and surprises, one that you're not walking alone. We're all here to help each other in every step of the way. It's miraculous!

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Kim
No, we help everyone. The gospel is all about loving and helping everyone else, those who believe the same things you do or different. In fact, much of what the members of our Church do is for those of other faiths. Most of the humanitarian work done by our Church is for non-members. That's the beauty of it, we love and help everyone because they are God's children, we don't help people just because they belong to our Church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Kim
We believe grace is essential. We all need grace to be saved. However, we know that our acts do matter. We need to know Christ is our Savior and try to be more like him, asking Him to forgive our imperfections, only then can we be saved through His grace. We need to follow His example by receiving baptism and the Holy Ghost, continuing to try to be like Him and learn from Him and His gospel, then His grace can be applied and allow us to once again have a fullness of joy in His presence. As the Book of Mormon tells us in 2 Nephi, "...we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do." We must do all we can, then Christ will make up the difference, He will do all He can for us in return. Show more Show less