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Hi I'm Kirsten

I'm a Mormon. I'm also an author, an artist/designer and a wanna-be architectural historian.

About Me

I recently left my job with an amazing architecture firm in Savannah GA to experience graduate school at the University of Virginia. I loved living in historic downtown Savannah so much! I loved drawing its old buildings - and aim to keep this drawing habit wherever I go and whatever I do in life! It makes me really happy. I'd built a nice life in Savannah with good work, friends and my local church congregation was like family. It was very hard to leave! In addition to a desire to learn more about historic preservation and study architectural history, I left this utopia because I desired more than to be a "creative professional": the highest goal of my life is to be a wife and mother so I can learn to love as Christ does. After much prayer, I knew I needed to uproot myself in order to seek the growth opportunities I truly desire. I accepted the challenge for growth, through both pain and joy. I grew closer to my family, discovered wonderful friends and fascinating places to learn and to draw around Washington DC. I really enjoy learning about architecture at Thomas Jefferson's University - no lack of history here! Most importantly, I believe God knows me and loves me - as he knows and loves all of His children. The evidence is in the bounty of blessings I thank Him for throughout the day and in my personal growth. So, amid challenges and trials, my faith is in Christ. With Him in the lead, everything will be alright. In fact, eventually, everything will be glorious.

Why I am a Mormon

My father joined the church while training for service in the Vietnam War. My mother's parents were baptized in a tiny Iowa farm town after reading a borrowed copy of the Book of Mormon on a road trip. Their faith, as "pioneers" in my family, is a powerful example to me. But the church is not simply a family tradition; a testimony, or deep-seated belief, is personal and cannot be borrowed. The blessings of living the principles of Christ's gospel come only with personal effort and sacrifice. Happily, God wants to bless us and answer our prayers! James, a prophet of the New Testament, promised that we can ask God in faith to know of their truth and he will answer! (James 1:5) When I was 8, I stayed behind while my family retired to bed one night after we read the scriptures together. When I asked my Heavenly Father if this Book of Mormon was true, I felt a profound sense of warmth, love and security as tears streamed down my little face. As I grew up and got caught up in worldly ambitions, I struggled with the emptiness that accompanied fleeting success and self-doubt. I had to re-gain that testimony through consistent effort, coming to know my Savior and believe He will heal. When I did, I knew I would hold to it and increase that commitment forever. To me, there is no other way to be truly deeply fulfilled. I know who I am - a daughter of God, and I know why I live - to learn to be like Christ.

How I live my faith

I wish I had all the scriptures memorized. But right now, I am thrilled at the prospect of understanding them, deriving and applying the truths within their pages. I enjoying reading the scriptures every day. These are the truths that don't change with the shifts of society. Is there one thing in the world we can always count on? It is the eternal truths and teachings of God and Jesus Christ. Today, we are blessed with the most revealed scripture that has ever been on the earth - and we are blessed to have a prophet and apostles who speak His truths "in our language." In my congregation, I enjoy teaching from the scriptures and the words of modern prophets who speak for us, in our day. As much as I enjoy discussions in grad school, engaging in learning Christ's gospel and examining its profound meanings are of eternal value and provide real meaning to my life!