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Hi I'm Kimmy

I'm a wife. I'm a photographer. I'm a high school drop out and an *almost* college graduate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I wear several titles: wife, daughter, sisters, aunt, friend. I have more than a few jobs: photographer, maker of the bed, “restaurant” manager, event planner, bargain finder, nail technician, interior designer, student, baker, and personal shopper (ya- I buy all my husband’s clothes heehee!) I steal the covers, sing in the shower, dance in the car and devour books. I can’t sit still and I’m terrified of driving in traffic. I love the sunshine, the beach, and daylight light bulbs. I always have snacks with me (goldfish or chocolate chips are my favorites) and I’m slightly obsessed with nail polish, earrings, the color yellow, netflix, and photography blogs. I’m a walking contradiction. I’m a wall flower who can flit around like a social butterfly. I love grey but hate black. I’ll clean the bathroom but not the dishes. Cute shoes are my weakness but I only wear my Rainbows. I’d rather eat too much cookie dough ice cream than too much cookie dough. I hate writing but love making lists. I love the beach, but fish make me gag. I cuddle, snuggle, kiss, hug and listen. I talk, shop, collect, dream, create, invent, and produce. I am inspired by light, words, music, magazines, love, my mother and sisters. I would die without my husband, pillow, 32 oz. water bottle, and gloss drops. I am a failure and a success. I don’t follow the rules but I color within the lines. Oh, and I eat brownie batter.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the church and I never really questioned anything for a long time. Being from a large family where expectations are set and you have a desire to please your family, you really don't questions, but rather do. So I went to church and I learned and I lived my life. I had no desire to leave the church because I felt so happy whenever I went or thought of the things I learned there and when I read the scriptures and prayed to my Father in Heaven. At one point in my life I started making decisions that did not really allow me to feel God's presence in my life. I felt like I was in a very dark place and I didn't know how to move past this unhappy time in my life. I had continued going to church but failed to do all the small things (like reading the scriptures and praying). I thought the pain and misery I felt would never end. Finally (I don't know why) I knelt and prayed. A lot. I felt so alone through my struggles and as I prayed I felt that peace and happiness I used to feel. I knew then that I needed to change. It was like a light-bulb went off in my head. I realized that I knew where to find happiness. I knew all along and God was waiting patiently by my side for me to come to Him. It was a process, but I eventually regained my testimony of Jesus Christ and of the love Heavenly Father has for me. There have been (and are always) many opportunities in my life where I could just give up following the teachings of Jesus Christ, but every time they come, I remember the joy that this gospel brings to my life. I'm a Mormon because I believe and know that God is my Father and I am His daughter. I'm a Mormon because when I Iive my faith I am happier. I'm a Mormon because I believe in the message that the church shares. God has a plan for each one of us. Jesus Christ is our Savior and through Him we can find the relief, strength, comfort, peace, forgiveness, purpose, and joy we seek.

How I live my faith

I try to keep a positive attitude, especially when I am around others. Life is hard and we all go through struggles, but I've found that as I try to stay positive, everything is easier (or at least more manageable!). But being positive is hard as well. When I do the little things that are asked of us by our church leaders (attending church regularly, reading the scriptures, praying), I find that the 'positivity' comes easier. I don't live my faith in any grandiose way. I just try to do what is right. I pray for God to lead me and inspire me to do the things he wants me to do. I've found that when I do that, I end up serving those around me all the time, whether it be smiling at someone while walking or saying "thank you" to the register clerk or listening to a friend who just needs to vent or cry. When I am doing what is right, I am better able to serve those in need. One of the songs written for the younger children at church is called "I"m Trying to Be Like Jesus." That's how I try to live my life. I try to be a good listener. I try to appreciate the beauty in the world around me. I try to place myself in other's shoes. I feel empathy and love for those around me. I try to ease other's burdens when I can. When I struggle, I call out for Heavenly Father's help and guidance. I feel gratitude and express it to those who help me and to my Father in Heaven. I'm not perfect, but I try to do the things He would do. That's how I live my faith.

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

We believe that Jesus Christ lived on the Earth to show us the way to back to God. During His lifetime, Jesus Christ organized His Church so people could learn how to return to live with our Heavenly Father one day. Not only did Christ teach the people His Gospel (the way back to Heavenly Father), but he was instrumental in providing the way. Jesus Christ was able to atone for our sins, die, and be resurrected, completing what is called the Atonement. Because of the Atonement, we all can choose to repent of our sins and return to Heavenly Father. After Christ ascended to heaven, His Apostles continued to receive revelations from Him through the Holy Ghost to lead the people. Eventually, those Apostles were all killed and the teachings of Jesus Christ were changed or manipulated. While many good truths still existed, the whole truth/Gospel of Jesus Christ was no longer on the Earth as a single cohesive church. We believe that Jesus Christ began to restore the fullness of His Church to the earth in 1820 through the Prophet Joseph Smith. It has grown to become a worldwide Church with over 13 million members. We believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is organized and led by Jesus Christ as it was when He was on the Earth. Prophets and Apostles lead the Church today under the direction of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through the Holy Ghost. It has the same teachings and basic organization as the Church established by Jesus in New Testament times. Show more Show less