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Hi I'm Kira.

I grew up in Washington state. I love my family, children's books, and roller coasters. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a proud mother of a sweet 2 yr. old boy with another on the way, due January 19, 2012. My dear husband just graduated from law school and took the bar in late July. We are now awaiting the results and praying about securing a job for our growing family. I taught reading and supported ELL students at a local elementary school for the past 3 years, but am now able to stay home to raise our children. I have loved both jobs, although I must admit, I'm thrilled to start our new journey! So much change is headed our way: new job, new location, new home, new ward, new baby, trying to potty train the first, paying student loans... What gives me strength about the uncertainty of our future is how we've managed to not only stay together since we married almost 6 years ago in the Seattle temple, but to grow closer through everything that's happened. Moving, having children, taking trips, finding new jobs, attending new schools...the gospel of Jesus Christ and our eternal marriage is what grounds us and keeps us going in the same direction. Life isn't perfect. But no matter what happens, we are happy :) Sweet is the peace the gospel brings.

Why I am a Mormon

Ever since I was a little girl, I have known the gospel to be true. I could feel it. I came from a home where both of my parents were members, but one did not attend church or believe in our doctrines anymore. I always had the choice to go to church with Mom or stay home with Dad. Many children are simply expected to go to church because that's what their family does, while others have never gone to church or even heard of it. We all have a choice at some point in our lives to gain our own testimony. Mine happened to come at a young age after I saw the difference in how I felt when I followed one parent versus the other. I had many good friends and family members who helped me gain my own testimony and I was baptized with my cousin at age 8. I will never forget the feeling of warmth and cleanliness I felt coming out of the water. I was forgiven of my sins and was confirmed an official member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I knew my decision was right and that my Heavenly Father was proud of me. I could never let Him down now.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in our church congregation (or ward) as 1st counselor for our women's organization, called Relief Society. I get to work with a fabulously fun committee to plan activities and events that help our sisters grow closer together, build their talents, and strengthen their faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also visit 5 sisters in the ward every month, most of whom are elderly or widowed, with a dear friend of mine. My husband was recently released as president of the young men's group and will now be teaching Sunday School. I mostly try to live my faith in the smaller, everyday interactions I have with others. I try to be freindly with my neighbors and openly discuss my faith and beliefs as they come up. I desire to be a good example and live the way Jesus lived...being kind, patient, forgiving, and service-oriented. I often have loftier goals than I can actually carry out, but I hope my children can learn as much from me about what a Mormon is as I did from my own mother. She is a convert to the church, baptized at age 19. She's had rough spots in her life, but I have never seen or met a more dedicated, steady, and valiant Latter-day Saint than my mom. She lives her faith through her words, her actions, and her aspirations. Because of my mom's decision to joing the church, my grandma is now a member, as well as my sister and I. Her choice has and will continue to change many lives throughout generations.