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Hi I'm Kirsten

I love philosophy. I have a bachelor's in psychology. I'm a thinker, a feminist, a sister, a wife, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the middle child of five. Growing up, my family moved a lot. By the time I was 17, I had lived in 8 states. Neither of my parents are in the military; we just got lucky. I've often been asked something like, "was moving around so much hard?" Well, yes, it was really hard sometimes, but it also brought immense growth and blessings. Moving around so much, my siblings and I became used to being the new-kids and not having friends nor fitting in. So at least for the first couple months in each new place, we would spend a lot of time at home with each other, and I can definitely say my brothers and sister have become my best friends. Family is what has taught me unconditional love, and that has become the most important foundation for my faith and my life. I love people and trying to understand and help them, which is why I majored in psychology. I've always been one to think about and question things--Is that really the case?, Why?, What does that really mean?--and it is the quality about myself that I have come to love the most. I enjoy critical analysis of arguments and debates, and questioning the status quo, which is what led to my minor in philosophy in college. In college, I learned what a feminist was, and that I had been one my whole life without knowing it. I am passionate about women's issues, because being a woman can be hard, and I want to help change the world so it can be easier.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both of my mom's parents are converts, and my dad's mom is a convert, and they all have been the brightest and strongest examples in my life of service and trying to become more like the redeemer, Jesus Christ. However, I'm a curious and opinionated girl, and had to figure it out for myself. When I was fourteen, I was pondering the Book of Mormon, and I decided I wanted an answer for myself. I needed to know if all of this was just a culture and tradition, or if it was truly of God. I went on our back porch, late on a night in July, and I got down on my knees and pled with God to know if the Book of Mormon, the Joseph Smith story, and the Church claiming to be that of Jesus Christ, were all real and truly what they claimed to be. As I reflected upon my life and the experiences I had had, my answer came. It wasn't a voice, or a vision, or anything the world might deem as spectacular, but to me it absolutely was. I felt this peace in my heart and a feeling that spoke to me "you already know." I felt a little silly at that answer, but as I reflected I knew it was true, and I knew I had known for a long time. I had felt the love of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ as I had learned about them in family discussions and in Sunday School lessons. I had felt the difference that studying the holy scriptures daily had made in my life. I had experienced and had seen siblings and friends experience the sorrow that comes from sin, and the joy, peace, and cleanliness that comes from repentance and true change of heart. I had felt the peace of the spirit as I listened to the words of today's prophets. I knew it was all real and true and of God! As I have gotten older, those feelings and experiences, and my conviction have continued to grow louder and stronger, especially through repentance and hard trials. And I can't imagine ever being able to deny such feelings that are so sure to me.

How I live my faith

I try to find opportunities to serve others as often as I can. An older and wiser friend of mine had a motto about service and sharing her blessings, "it's not mine, it's the Lord's." I try to remember that, and to share whatever I have with others. Though as a college student I don't have an abundance, I feel great joy in being able to serve others. It is usually nothing extravagant. I like to make soup for friends who are sick, leave kind notes for my roommates, load/unload the dishwasher, etc. This life is about progression--progressing to be more like our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. From my study, it seems most of what they do is for others, so that's something I have found to bring me closer to them.