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Hi I'm Kyle

I love sharing the Gospel. I love the mountains. I'm obviously a Mormon!

About Me

Activities I enjoy doing mostly involve the outdoors. I enjoy camping, hiking, climbing, cycling, and mountain biking. I really enjoy spending time up in the canyons of Utah, with friends and family. I've served a mission in Kirtland, Ohio. I've been going to school at Brigham Young University, and will continuing going there for the next several years.

Why I am a Mormon

I know with all my heart that our Savior, Jesus Christ, died for our sins as well as the pain and sorrow that we naturally experience in this life. I know that through Him we can find lasting peace and happiness in this life, and eternal happiness in the life to come! People often ask why I chose to continue on in the same faith that my parents taught. I always enjoy telling them how important it is to come to know for ourselves. As we take the advice found in James 1:5 and pray, asking in faith, we will receive an answer confirming the truth of this Gospel, the Book of Mormon, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! What an incredible blessing: to know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who wants to answer our prayers! I encourage all who read this, to take advantage of it; even if you've taken the chance to do it before, it's an enlightening experience each and every time we make the effort to ask.

How I live my faith

I recently returned from taking two years of my life to spread the message of Jesus Christ (a mission). I was serving in the Ohio Cleveland Mission! It's the best thing that I've ever done thus far in my life! Every day I was able to see people's life change as we bring the message of Christ into their lives. If you haven't had a chance to hear our message, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt, that it's worth every effort to pursue. We have a loving God, who wants to enrich out lives; as we follow his commandments, the promised blessings flow freely!

In whom should we have faith?

Kyle
I have no doubt in my mind that having faith, in our loving Heavenly Father, is the right way to live. While we are free to choose, as we show our faith to Him (through obedience to His commandments) great dividends come in the form of blessings or witnesses of our faith. For instance, I know that prayer works! We cannot develop a faith in prayer without first making the effort to do it. Just as we generally aren't paid for a job before we do it, we must express our desire to have that witness by first following the commands Heavenly Father has given us. Then that confidence will come, as we receive the related blessings. That's how I know that prayer works. I sincerely worked at receiving answer through this "experiment"! I encourage you to give it a shot with any Gospel principle, nothing but good can come! Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Kyle
Great question! First let's ask: why we're baptized? Among other things, it's because we learn from various scripture passages as well as from Jesus Christ's example that all we must be baptized. In addition, we also know that someone must be baptized under the right authority, or in other words, permission. This permission is given by God to His children on earth, and is called the Priesthood. Christ was baptized by John the Baptist, who held this priesthood authority; thereby following this pattern of utilizing God's priesthood to baptize. Using the proper authority for baptism will ensure that Heavenly Father approves the baptism. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Kyle
Fantastic question! First, we must understand this: who's asking us to donate 10% of our income? The answer is our Heavenly Father, through His modern-day prophets, as well as through His scriptures(for example, Malachi 3:8-10). Why does He invite us to donate it then? Tithing is based on the principle of sacrifice. As we give up, in faith, some of what God has given us, we are blessed. Is it hard to donate tithing? No. When we understand what the donation is used for, building up God's kingdom (Church) here on earth, and we have an idea of how great His promised blessings are to us, we realize that tithing isn't any sacrifice at all. God promises to "open [to us] the windows of Heaven" (Malachi 3:10) and bless us SO much that we won't have "room enough to receive it". I testify that this is true, from experience! I invite you to find out that the principle of tithing is true, by praying to know if it is, for yourself. If you've already been baptized into the church, you can know it's true, too, simply by paying your tithing. Watch for His answer through your thoughts and feelings, and the blessings you see come from Him, all around you! Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Kyle
Very good question! There is a simple answer: The way to find out if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really is our Heavenly Father's church here on the earth is to ask God, in prayer. When we pray, often times we receive our answer through the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost, or Spirit, confirms the truth to us through our thoughts and feelings. It's essential, if we want to know the truth from our Father in Heaven, to be sincere. When you pray, pay attention to how you feel during and after your prayer. In addition to prayer, we must act in faith to know if it's true. I invite you to read the Book of Mormon, and ponder on the message it's offering. Does it testify of Christ? Does it build your faith in Him? Is it true? I know that it is! IF you sincerely study the Book of Mormon, pondering its words in your heart, then follow that pattern of prayer, just described, Heavenly Father WILL confirm the truth to you. I know this works, from experience! So, what if this Book of Mormon is true(which it is)? Joseph Smith is a prophet of God! He was divinely instructed, by Heavenly Father, to re-establish his church here on the earth. God is again speaking to prophets, like Moses and Noah in ancient days, to reveal His will to His children. How amazing is that?! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Kyle
"It is by grace that we are saved after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). How amazing is that? Our Heavenly Father promises us that we will be saved if we do everything that we can to return to live with Him; but many times he also promises to support us as we do choose to do what's right. Some view our salvation as being dependant only upon faith in Christ. While our faith in Christ is significant, it is only the foundation for every righteous action we choose to make (James 2:15-18, 20-24, 26). If we have faith in Christ, naturally we will see our shortcomings, and that will lead us to repent or, in other words, change. As we utilize the Savior's Atonement to cleanse us from our sins or mistakes, we can be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit, Spirit, etc...). With this incredible gift of, among other things, guidance and direction we can endure to the end of our lives, always following the Savior Jesus Christ. We are constantly repeating this process of using our Faith to repent, and cleanse us from our sins. This is the doctrine, or gospel, of Christ (2 Nephi 31). In Mosiah 2:21 we learn that no matter what we do, we can never repay the great gifts which our Heavenly Father has given us; but because he loves us, he has provided a way. This is where grace comes in. After we do everything we can to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ, we then are saved because of the Atonement Jesus Christ performed. What an incredible blessing? Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Kyle
Family is the fundamental unit in God's Plan of Salvation. Isn't it amazing that He would give us families, where we can learn the gospel of Jesus Christ in a loving environment? In this setting we realize our eternal potential and strive, as a family, to strengthen and grow in our relationship with one another. This doesn't come without challenges, but again we see the value of a loving atmosphere in overcoming challenges of all sorts. In Holy Temples that are all around the world, through the Priesthood of God, we can be 'sealed' together. This binds us to our family and our family to us for eternity. Our family can bring us much happiness, and because of the Temple we can carry this blessing on into the next life. I know for myself that the family unit is of God. Anytime we learn & live correct gospel principles, we can grow together with our family. What a great blessing our Father in Heaven has given us?! Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Kyle
As we learn more about the 'Church', we see that it contains the entire gospel of Christ, in its purity. This combined with the proper authority from God (the Priesthood) sets the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints apart. The gospel, in its most simple form: 1) Faith, in Jesus Christ 2) Repentance, for those mistakes that we've made *3) Baptism, by immersion (meaning briefly submerged in water) like Christ was. - This step is what allows us to join into the Church. *4) We receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. This gift brings great comfort and direction into our lives. 5) We faithfully Endure to the End, by keeping the commandments of God. *These steps must be done under the proper priesthood authority, or in other words permission from our Heavenly Father. Anywhere in the World that you are, there are wonderful members of the Church who know and understand what it takes to join. Contacting the full-time Missionaries is the easiest way to begin this process. You can do so at the top of this webpage by click "Missionary Request". Show more Show less