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Hi I'm Kyle

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an undergrad getting ready to graduate soon (it's becoming harder and harder to stay focused!). After this, I hope to go to grad school to become a physician assistant. I love being outside, particularly doing things like biking, rock climbing, running, skiing, and just enjoying the fresh air and scenery. I love my family! The older I get, the more I appreciate them, and the more I want to start a family of my own.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been a huge part of my life. My parents have always encouraged me to go to church and live the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm not sure what my life would be like now if I were not a Mormon. I don't necessarily think I would be unhappy or a bad person. I just think I would notice something missing. That's not to say there isn't anything missing right now (Refer to my ongoing "Missing in Kyle's Life" list: a girlfriend, better grades, more friends, more money, better job...) But I know that being a follower of Jesus Christ through this church has given me hope and a calm assurance of my purpose. This includes the joys of living together forever as families. There are certain truths that can be learned by being a member of this church; truths that I would not know if I were not.

How I live my faith

To me, being "religious" or "active" as a Mormon entails a lot more than just going to church every week; my beliefs greatly affect what I do and who I am - all of the time. We are taught to seek guidance from God, our Heavenly Father, through personal prayer and scripture study. This helps me keep my thoughts focused and priorities straight. To test my commitment, I served a two-year mission in Japan for my church. I was able to interact with people of many different faiths and beliefs, and inform people about what Mormons believe. I also gained a tremendous respect for those who are devout in their own respective religions. We typically have callings and assignments in the LDS church, since there isn't a paid clergy. Right now I am working at an LDS temple in my community. Temples are special buildings in the church where we carry out sacred worship services, different than the typical Sabbath Day (Sunday) services, including marriage. It has been a wonderful experience so far.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Kyle
I believe God manifests himself in a lot of different ways. One of the quietest moments in my life was when I was cross-country skiing at the base of a mountain one winter. I came to the top of a hill and caught my breath, then stopped and looked around. I was completely alone, and surrounded by snow-covered trees and mountains. I took a few minutes to stand there in stillness and silence. It was awesome. Contrast this silence with a busy shopping district in Fukuoka, Japan. When I was an LDS missionary in Japan, my purpose was to find people that were willing to listen to our message. The streets of a big city were a great place for meeting people. I was in awe of the noise, clamor, and sheer number of people. These two settings in their own ways demonstrate the nature of God. When I am alone or with nature, I can appreciate the fact that I am never alone. I can also see design and love in my surroundings. Even in the midst of noise and crowds, I find peace in the assurance that God knows me--my thoughts and desires--and that I am a unique son of God. I try to have love for the people around me, knowing that God has an equal and compassionate love for all people. God's existence is evident in contrast. To me, things like birth and death, separation and reunion, silence and noise, all show in some way that God exists and that he cares. Show more Show less