Hi I'm Kira :)
I am currently a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Guatemala! Many of you may ask, "Why are you going on a mission?" Because I know this Gospel is truly our Savior's Gospel. I have not always known that but I do now. I had to got though some trials and learn a few lessons on the way but through faith in my prayers, I was able to recognize through the Holy Ghost that I am a Child of God. Now that I know this message, I have the opportunity to share it with those in Guatemala. I have a wonderful family. I have two sisters and my mom and dad. That's right; no brothers! They are everything to me and I love them with my whole heart. I love to give service to other people. In the future I would like to become a Spanish teacher or teach English as a second language. I am obsessed with the Spanish language! I would also love to swim with dolphins one day and to go see Machu Picchu. I have always wanted to travel. Culture is so interesting to me and I don't just want to learn about it but I want to truly experience it for myself. I eat ice cream everyday and you can usually find me listening to my iPod. My favorite type of music is country and I would love to live out in the country when I am older. I am excited for what the future holds for me and I am grateful for all that I have. I am so blessed!
Why I am a Mormon
I have grown up in the LDS church my whole life. Ever since I was a little kid, I have learned the teachings of the Bible and the Book of Mormon but I didn't always know it was true. When I was about 12, I started to question everything I had been taught as a little kid. I would go to other churches' activities and I would notice something was missing there but I could never put my finger on it. Then I watched the movie, "The Work and the Glory", where it shows the trials Joseph Smith went through in his life. I began to cry and felt the Spirit so strongly. I realized that no one would ever go through such trials if what they were fighting for was not true. This is the foundation to my testimony but as I learn more, it grows. As trials have come my way, I have found myself on my knees praying to our Heavenly Father so many times. He has always been there for me. After I pray or read the scriptures, I feel so much peace and the love of our Heavenly Father is undeniable. We are his children and he is always looking out for us. He knows us by name and he knows our strengths and our weaknesses. There is no other person who knows us better than him. It has been such a blessing in my life to know I am never alone and that I can always go to our Father in Heaven for guidance and comfort. The Church has made a huge impact on my life.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
The Book of Mormon is what has brought me close to God throughout my high school years. I always will open it up and find answers to things I have been continuously praying about and this has not just happened once. I found comfort in the pages of the Book of Mormon in all my trials in high school and I know our Heavenly Father has lead me to them. Sometimes I will just flip open the pages and exactly what I need to hear is right in front of me. As we studied the Book of Mormon in seminary, I learned about forgiveness and what it means to truly forgive and forget. I have been able to realize my divine potential and that I am a Daughter of God. The Book of Mormon truly is the word of God.
How I live my faith
First of all, I would just like to say that in order to truly live your faith, you have to believe and love your faith. I know without a doubt that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the the only true church on the Earth today. I live what I believe by trying to exemplify the light of Christ in all that I do. When others see me, I want them to feel closer to Christ. I have met so many individuals who have made me felt this way I want to have the same effect on others. I am able to do this by serving others, dressing modestly, carefully watching my words, thoughts and actions and by showing love to all of those around me. I believe one of the most important ways to show you are a follower of Christ is by showing others Christ-like love. This involves love without judgement, love without fear and love that is unconditional. By all means, I am not able to always live up to this but I make a constant effort to do this. None of us are perfect but it is the valiant effort put forth that makes a difference. The Lord knows the desires of our hearts and will bless as we act in faith and truly do our very best.