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Hi I'm Kyle.

I'm a student studying mathematics. I love running and skiing. I'm a missionary in Guatemala. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm eighteen years old and I'm a freshman in college studying applied mathematics. In a few months, I will be leaving to spend two years in Central America, teaching people about the church. I love all kinds of sports, but my favorite is running. When I get back from Central America I'd like to do marathons, 50-mile races, and even 100 miles at some point! I also have a goal to complete an Ironman. Aside from running, I like basketball, snow and water skiing, and ultimate Frisbee. I'd like to finish my bachelors degree in applied mathematics and go on to do some graduate work before entering a career. Right now I'm interested in data science and analytics, but I'm not quite sure what I'd like to do yet! Whatever my career ends up being, I hope I have the opportunity to travel a lot with my family. I see myself living in a different country every five years or so, and learning multiple languages. I want to understand people all over the world, and experience a variety of climates and environments, and I feel like learning languages and living in a variety of places is the best way for me to accomplish that. When I have kids, I want to give them a multicultural environment to grow up in, and also give them plenty of opportunities to learn foreign language.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only religion that makes sense to me. Modern revelation is key to our religion, and the fact that God is the same "yesterday, today and forever" holds true in my experience. I love the Prophet of the Church, and I feel so lucky being able to hear the words of a living Prophet. I love how the Gospel can be so logical, and yet teach me to rely on faith to build a testimony, and eventually help me to gain a perfect knowledge of God's plan for us. I know that gaining a testimony is a process, and I know that I need to continually read my scriptures, pray, and follow the commandments so that I can return to Heavenly Father's presence. I am so grateful for the redeeming power of Christ's atonement. I know that He lives, and watches over us. I'm grateful for His sacrifice so that I, the most imperfect man I've met, could return to live with Him in Heaven. When I think of this sacrifice, it makes me try even harder to choose the right and keep the commandments.

How I live my faith

I love to live the way I do because the commandments we have give me the most opportunities in this life. The gospel values hard work and perseverance through trials, something that's pushed me through plenty of difficult things in my life. Not only is it important to repent, it's essential to "endure to the end": strive to become better and better. The process really builds my character and the gospel gives me purpose in my life I wouldn't have had otherwise. When I'm down about hard things in my life, I can remember and find strength in my knowledge of God's plan for me.

What is the priesthood?

Kyle.
The priesthood is basically the power of God in action. It is his influence in the world. Every miracle that has happened or ever will happen has occurred through the power of the priesthood. When a person is given the priesthood, he promises to thrust "in his sickle with his might ... the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;" (Doctrine and Covenants 4:4). A priesthood holder agrees to have "faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God," (D&C 4:5). We can use the priesthood to heal the sick, provide leadership in church meetings, and perform several sacred ordinances (such as baptism or marriage). Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Kyle.
A temple is a house of the Lord. It is where church members participate in sacred ordinances in order to help them live with their families in Heaven forever. We perform marriages in the temples. In addition, we perform baptism vicariously, or in the place of, people who died without the chance to receive that ordinance. This allows them to receive the same blessings that we will in Heaven. Show more Show less