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Hi I'm Kim

I grew up in Chambersburg, PA. I work for the Department of Defense as an admin assistant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest child in my family. I have a sister and a brother. I grew up with both of my parents, who to this day are still married. I lived all my life in Pa until I moved away to attend college in Idaho. We were not rich by any means and I learned quickly the value of work and I have actually been in the work force since I was 15 yrs old. I didn't get to start college until 1 year after I graduated from HS because I needed to earn money for school. Even during the years I attended college, I maintained a part time job. After I graduated from college, I moved to Utah and continued to work and live on my own. I met my husband in Utah many years later. He is a Black American and was in the Air Force at that time and because of his career, we have lived in Germany and Italy. Even though I was baptized at the age of 11, I stopped going to church while living in Utah. That's when I met my husband. He was not a member at that time. I ended up getting pregnant and then we eventually got married. We sure have had our ups and downs, almost quit our marriage a couple of times, but because of the birth of my son, I definitely saw the need to change and come back to church. And I stand firm that it was because of coming back to church that our marriage has survived. I have never looked back on my past life once I moved forward. It took my husband 12 years before he finally gained a testimony and was baptized.

Why I am a Mormon

How I became a Mormon is very interesting. As it turns out, my grandmother was a Mormon but wasn't married to one herself...in fact my grandfather was a preacher...have no idea what religion he was. Grandma had 12 kids, all of which she made sure were baptized at the age of 8, even though Pappy wouldn't let her take the kids to church. My mother had me when she was 17 years old, didn't marry my real father. In fact, mom almost gave me up for adoption to the doctor who delivered me until Grandma stepped in and said no, which is a good thing because I doubt very seriously if I would have found the church through another avenue. As it turns out, Elders knocked on our door when i was 10. I think mom knew she was a Mormon but really didn't know anything else about the church. My grandparents evetually divorced and I know after the divorce, Grandma started going to the Mormon church and I think she was the one who asked missionaries to start looking up all her kids. Mom wasn't interested in going to church at that time, but she wanted my bother and I to go. And it so happens that a Mormon family lived just down the road from us and they picked my brother and I up every Sunday for church without fail. My brother and I were finally baptized within a year. Even though I did fall away from the church, it was always the church in the back of my mind. No other religion felt as good as the Mormon church. I did attend various other religions during my inactivity, but always knew when I was ready to live the principles, it would be the Mormon church I would end up with. I have no doubt that it was through the birth of my son that I gained the desire to come back. Even though it took some time for my husband to convert, everything has fallen into place. I cannot even begin to explain the blessings I have rec'd and just how different my life is. I know this is the true church of Jesus Christ. I have never looked back ever since I became active. I am truly happy.

How I live my faith

Since becoming active in the church, I have served in many different capacities. One of the things I like about our church is how active we really are in community efforts. Through my church, I have participated in many local community cleanup efforts and even helped with women's shelters, clothing drives, food drives...you name it, if the church is looking for help, I will be there. In the 14 years I have lived in Az, 8 of those years were working with the youth in various leadership positions. I love the youth...after the life i have lived, I have gained a personal testimony of how important it is that youth develop a personal relationship with Christ and stay close to the church, and I love our youth programs and feel strongly that youth participate. Currently I am president over a church organization this is centered round the women of the church. Through this organization, we women truly come to understand our purpose here on earth and how vital it is that we reach out to one another and uplift each other. It's been a challenging position since it's my responsibility to oversee the spiritual and temporal welfare of each women that lives within our church boundary, regardless if she's a member or not. This position has helped me understand how important it is that I depend on the Lord for help and guidance...this is Christ's church and he knows what's best for our sisters, not me. Another position i held which I really enjoyed was being a church sister missionary...I didn't serve a mission but through this calling I felt like I could. I love working with our missionaries and i love meeting new people who come to visit our church. I open my house every opportunity I get to those who are want to learn more about the church and have them take lessons in my home. I go to church every Sunday and attend all other required activities. I have church materials on my desk at work for anyone to look at as well. I feel it's important we let others know who we are.

Are Mormons Christians?

Kim
When I read that a lot of people don't believe Mormons are not Christians, I am totally dumbfounded. Mormons believe that Christ is the center of our religion...even the name of our church testifies that we believe in Christ. Some might say we believe in a different Christ. I believe in the same Christ that was prophesied by the prophet Isaiah...the same Christ that was born through the virgin Mary, the same Christ that was baptized by John the Baptist, and the same Christ that was crucified on the cross. I believe Christ to be the only begotten son of our Heavenly Father who came to earth to atone for our sins and to free us from death as a result of the transgression of Adam and Eve. It is only through Him that we can be forgiven of our sins and obtain eternal life. I kind of like to use the sample of a glass of water that is partially filled with water...some may say it's half full, others might say it's half empty. Regardless of your perception, everyone can agree that the glass has water in it. So it is with Christ...everyone might have a perception of the what Christ was and his purpose, but in the end, we all believe that Jesus is the Christ. Show more Show less