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Hi I'm Kim

I'm a professional horse trainer and small business owner. I grew up in Massachusetts, USA. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints on my 18th birthday, my first decision as a legal adult. I've remained active in the church through several cross-country moves and through a brain injury which put me in a wheelchair and then a walker. I'm grateful to be alive, to be able to walk unassisted, and to work at a job I love teaching people and training horses. I'm married to a good honest man who supports me in all my goals. He does the cooking and I'd be so hungry without him! I love animals and photography, and I have a college degree in psychology, anatomy, and neurobiology. I don't like sweet desserts, I'd much rather have something salty, but if we must have sweet make it fruity!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I asked God which religion was the right one for me, and He answered. During a difficult time in my life which included cancer, death, a move across the country in the middle of high school, among other things, I came across the Book of Mormon. Things were stressful for me and I hadn't been sleeping more than three hours each night for over a year. I was working two jobs, going to high school and the local community college, and raising my younger sisters. I often wondered how I was able to do everything that was required of me. At the local community college I attended I met another student who was a Mormon. He and I became friends and he gave me a ride in the morning to class occasionally after I'd had a rough night, little to no sleep, and certainly no peace. He shared the Book of Mormon with me and in doing so lived up to his own baptismal covenant to mourn with me as I mourned, comfort me as I was in need of comfort, and helped me bear my burden. In reading the Book of Mormon I found communication from God to me, I found peace, and after hours of reading I would find sleep. Eventually I prayed to know whether the Book of Mormon was true and if so was this the right church for me? My answer came in another verse. It was from John in the Bible, given to me by another christian friend who wanted to help me. She asked me to read John to help me find the truth, and I came across John 7:24 declaring "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgement". God was telling me I knew enough, had researched enough, to make my own educated decision, and what I chose would be correct. I decided to be baptized into the church, and I have never once regretted it.

How I live my faith

I've never been a full-time missionary, but I've worked as a ward or local missionary in 5 different congregations, in 2 different states for a total of 12 years. I'm vehemently against being preachy or pushy, but I love to talk about how my faith has given me strength and how Christ has supported me in my life in and out of the church. It was difficult for me to convert to the church and I want more than anything to make the process of coming to Christ and adapting to church culture easier for other people. I'm so fortunate in my career to be able to help people and horses live kinder and more understanding lifestyles, and everything I do with my horse training business reflects gospel principles. For example, one of the things I teach horses is how to move their bodies at the walk, trot, and canter in the most efficient way possible that will strengthen them and make them balanced. One way to help a horse learn this is to have him go forwards in a circle. The nature of traveling in a circle and the laws of physics affecting his anatomy make it so that he will be most comfortable when he carries himself correctly. At that point I praise him, essentially to "catch him in the act" of doing something well. God teaches me in this same manner. He repeatedly puts me in situations where it is in my best interest to do something the right way, the result being that the scenario makes me stronger and a more balanced person.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Kim
They will likely ask you questions to get to know you better, and find out what you have questions about for them. They will share information about how our church views Christ and how we can become more christ-like ourselves. They will read with you from different book of scripture, and encourage you to read things and learn for yourself whether this church is right for you. They will also teach about how the church runs and the organizations within it. Show more Show less