Hi I'm Kimball Gardner
I was born and raised in Layton, Utah (not counting the 3 years I lived in Casper, Wyoming), and I am now 21 years old. I graduated from Clearfield High in June of 2011, and I served the Lord in the Puerto Rico San Juan Mission for 2 years. After, I plan on studying and majoring in English at Brigham Young University. I also seek to marry in the temple and raise a righteous family, and I have recently been considering pursuing a career in the Church Educational System, although I will leave an English career path open just in case. I enjoy playing basketball, reading, writing, listening to music, hanging out with friends and family, and watching college football (Go Cougars!!). I enjoy watching basketball, and my team is the Utah Jazz. I love Italian food and pretty much any kind of Hispanic food! I also have Argentine blood, due to the fact that my mother was born and raised in Argentina before marrying my father and moving to the United States. Also, my father and I have recently published a joint-published book, "Terror at Iguazú". By joint-published, I mean that he wrote a book, and I wrote a book, both with the same title, and they were published together under this title. I wrote the bulk of mine when I was 15, and it's just now been published. It is an adventure/action book, and it was a lot of fun to write!
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I know that this is the only true church upon the face of the earth. A lot of people think that growing up in Utah, I was a member of this church only because my parents were, or because it's expected. I'll admit, that's true to some extent. But every member of this church has to develop and gain their own testimony of whether or not this is true; and that's what I've done. I can now testify with a surety that I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and my Redeemer. I know that He lives, and that through Him, there is no wrong that cannot be made right. I have received this testimony myself, by asking the only pure source of knowledge, our Heavenly Father. As such, I also know that Joseph Smith was the Prophet of the Restoration, and that he was called of God to restore the church of Jesus Christ again on the earth, as well as the authority. I know that because of this, this is the only true church. It is Jesus Christ's church, with His authority, and that He leads and guides this church through a living prophet on the earth today. I know that because this church is the only one with the authority, it is the only one in which we can receive all the saving ordinances, and make the needed covenants to return to our Heavenly Father. And I know this because I have read the Book of Mormon, and I have asked God. He has answered me, and I can testify of this with all the sincerity of my heart. I would encourage all to do the same, so that they might come to know of this for themselves.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
The Book of Mormon is the most incredible book on the face of the earth, for the simple reason that no matter how many times one reads the book, one can still learn from it. However, personally, the Book of Mormon has brought me closer to God through my study of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, through reading the Book of Mormon. In this book, we read so many times, in so many chapters and verses, about the enabling power of the Atonement of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. One of my favorite chapters, Alma 36, tells us about the healing power, and how even the vilest of sinners can be made clean again. Why this brings me closer to God is because it gives me the hope that a person such as I can always repent and be made clean through the power of the Atonement. As another witness of Jesus Christ and His Atonement, the Book of Mormon has testified to me over and over of His divinity and mission, and His overwhelming love for each of us; and it is something for which I am eternally grateful.
How I live my faith
I recently returned from my mission in Puerto Rico, and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Returning home I am committed to share the gospel with all that I can and to help the Lord's work go forth. I will be, as Christ taught, a "light to the world" and to "be an example of the believers", as Paul said. Pretty much I'll just try and help people enjoy the blessings that I do! Every Member a Missionary!!!