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Hi I'm Kye

Hi I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Arizona and Montana and love playing frisbee, piano, and games.

About Me

I am fourteen and have a brother who looks just like me. I am twin! I'm in the eighth grade and can't wait for high school. I play in the symphonic band at my school. My section is percussion and I love all the different instruments open for me to play. In school I love my English and Geometry classes, but I can only say I tolerate my history and Spanish periods. Out of school I enjoy swimming in the pond in the front of my neighborhood, ripstiking, hanging with friends, and getting creamed by my younger brother at videogames. I have been a Latter-day saint, or a Mormon, all my life, but my dad is a convert. He tells me how he learned the gospel is true through reading, studying, and praying. He is a great example to me along with my Mom. I am an amatur soccer player, meaning very unskilled, but I enjoy learning all different kinds of sports. I also really like art and am not too shabby at it either.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon. But I made the decision by myself to be baptized into the church when I turned eight years old. There have been many times when I've felt discouraged, and alone, and have questioned if God can hear me. I have worked through these insecurities through prayer and now know I was wrong. I am never alone, because my savior is always with me. I know that he can hear my prayers and that he loves me unconditionally because I have felt his spirit manifest it to me as I read the scriptures (the Bible and the Book of Mormon) and ponder them. I continue to be a Mormon because the things that are taught to me help guide me into making good desicions. Many people think that the commandments that govern the way we live tie us down. But I personally choose to follow the commandments of our church because they free me from adictions, lead me away from strife, and keep me from being weighed down with the guilt of living poorly. I'm a mormon because I know that by living the gospel I can always be with my family, even after death. My older brother died in a bicycle accident when he was 16 years old. That was a very sad time for me, my parents, and my siblings. Despite those hard times we got back to our normal lives, and remembered our time with Grant (our brother) fondly. People asked how we could have gotten over his death so quickly and how we could cope with something so tragic. The answer was that we were mormon. "We believe that through the atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel." Because of Christ's sacrifice for us, I know beyond a shawdow of a doubt that I will see Grant again. By living righteously I can live with him and all of my family even after death. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I strive to live the gospel of Jesus Christ everyday. When I wake up each morning I know that I have a choice to either choose to be happy, or go on feeling grumpy by lack of sleep. I find that by CHOOSING to be up beat that things will go more smoothly, I'll get more done, and I'll find myself ENJOYING my day at school instead of dreading it. After I wake up my family and I have family scripture study everyday for about 10 to 15 minutes before my older brother leaves. I love coming together to read as a family. We can ask each other questions and discuss things that were confusing to us. This acts as a foundation to my day and keeps me focused to being the best I can be each day. Next year when I'll be in high school I'll have to opportunity to have a scripture class before school each day called Seminary. I'm excited to be a part of learning and studying with other kids my age who go to my school. Every week as a family we attend a church meeting on Sunday. While there we sing hymns, listen to speakers, have Sunday School classes, and partake of the Sacrament. Being fourteen I have the special authority to help prepare and pass the bread and water to the congregation. This is a special job that not just anyone is allowed to do, so I feel priviledged to help whenever I have a chance. Once a week, every Monday families in the Mormon church have Family Home Evening. We all come together and participate in a lesson, a game, and sometimes a special treat. This gives us another chance to learn and just talk about our day. This helps me live my faith because it strengthens my testimony and reminds me to live righteously everyday. On Wednesdays all the young men and women (those aged 12 to 18) come together at the meeting house. There the boys have a scout meeting, work on a merit badge, or plan a service project or camp out. Once a month the girls and boys come together for an activity. We leave spiritually uplifted and motivated to being Christlike.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is a commandment given from God to keep our bodies healthy and strong. He revealed the Word of Wisdom to Joseph Smith when he wondered whether it was okay to let men chew tobacco during meetings. He recieved the Word of Wisdom in response. It councils to not use tobacco, any alcohol beverages, coffee and tea, and illegal drugs. It also tells us that grains are the "staff of life" and that meat should be used in moderation. Many times I have been asked why I don't drink coffee, or caffinated sodas. I tell them that I'm mormon and that I don't drink because I was counciled not to. Other times my friends who know I don't drink tell others I can't because I'm Mormon. I make a point of telling them that I CAN but I choose NOT to. I love the phrase that's sometimes heard in our church, "I can but I won't, because I know what you don't." What I know is that God counciled me not to and so I don't and never will participate in doing those things. I need no other reason. I also know that my God promises my blessings and strength for following the Word of Wisdom. Show more Show less