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Hi I'm Kenya

I am a Connecticut Yankee. I'm a military veteran. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the beautiful state of Connecticut, one of five children, in a single- parent home. My mom taught me that I could do or be anything I wanted as long as I was willing to put forth the effort! So, I set my sights on becoming a doctor and that's just what I did. I've always said that being a doctor is WHAT I do but not WHO I am. I'm a daughter and a sister, a friend, an army veteran, ballroom dancer and chocolate enthusiast! I love to laugh. Most importantly, like you, I'm a child of God!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised to believe in God and in Jesus, but I never had a very personal relationship with either. I lived life according to the values I was taught to the best of my ability. It wasn't until I reached college that I began desiring religion in my life. I would go to friends' churches and was entertained but not really taught. Two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints eventually came by our home. I met the missionaries and was instantly curious to know what religious convictions would compel two guys in early adulthood to volunteer two years in order to preach to strangers. In these missionaries, and subsequently, in the Church members, I found people who knew that God lives and that Christ is our personal Savior. I saw them actually practicing what they preached, caring for their families and honoring women. The missionaries helped me understand that my Father is aware of me and that he wants me to be happy and to fulfill my mission in life. I know where I came from, why I'm here and where I'm going after death. Every step of the way I have been encouraged to find out if the teachings were true through personal study and prayer. They made it clear that believing what they taught wasn't enough. I had to have my own witness of truth. I am a Mormon because I recognized the truths which were taught to me. The best way I can describe it is that I was being reminded of something I already knew. The Book of Mormon has helped to open my eyes to the beauty of the scriptures and it has increased my love of the Bible. I am a better person because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church is family-oriented because families play a key role in God's plan for His children. Marriage is meant to be for time and eternity. I look forward to being married and having children. In the meantime, I am never without family wherever I am in the world and I will always have my Savior. I like to say, "I may be single, but I'm never alone."

How I live my faith

The Church is one of inclusion and we truly are all participants in the work! We freely offer ourselves in the service of our fellowman. Since my baptism, I have worked with children, youth and adults, alike. I've had opportunities to speak in Church services as well as instruct Sunday school. Every opportunity is a growth experience. I've tried to honor my God and country through my military service and in my everyday life. I love to see how the Church and it's members seek to serve one another and to also serve our neighbors whether it be during a park clean up or a project to produce clean drinking water for a village in Africa.