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Hi I'm Kimberly

I'm a Tarheel born and bred, making a mark in the Big Apple. I'm "young, gifted, and Black"... and I'm Mormon.

About Me

As long as I can remember, I've always had a real thirst for two things: to always be, do, and try something different; and to show that God's love can still be the same, in spite of all the differences. I've gone from wanting to be a nurse (just like my mother dear) to an educator (instead, I decided to marry one), and finally I've settled on being a psychologist. I am currently plugging along on a long road to a doctoral degree. My husband and I want to spend our lives in urban centers of this country, making a difference in low-income and at-risk communities. I love music, poking my husband in the ear with my sharp elbows, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and listening to my parents' Southern drawls to keep me grounded. I love the way the city skyline peeks up over the highway as the sun goes down, just as much as I love the smell of fresh hay in the air when I go home. I love to entertain, and get my hands busy with one too many things. I want to travel all over the country and the world, and get over my fear of learning a foreign language. I want happiness future career, but also a life with a happy family - kids included! I want to always be able to find something to love about life, and pick up new hobbies and interests along the way.

Why I am a Mormon

I could answer this simply, by saying I was raised this way. I could also tell the story that perhaps people would expect from me - how the missionaries knocked on a young woman's door and taught diligently for close to three years until the whole family became converted. Neither of these are completely accurate. I suppose it is true that if I decided to call it quits on the Mromon thing, I probably wouldn't be the first person at the bar (or in line for Starbucks, for that matter). The teachings of this church are woven pretty deeply into my actions and my character. But the teachings have also become woven in my heart. There are plenty of things in this world about which to become dismayed, and I definitely don't claim to be immune to any of them. Yet, I have found a peace and happiness in the church, a peace that I truly feel is open to everyone and unique to me all at the same time. I feel a real connection with my Father in Heaven, and a respect and awe for my elder brother and Savior, Jesus Christ. I have no greater goal than to sit at the feet of He who walked such lonely roads, to hear His stories of love and faith, and to walk with Him forever. Each step I take in this church feels like a step along that path.

How I live my faith

Knowing that I stand out already, I do my best to be active in my church and my community. I teach a Sunday School class of 5-and 6-year-olds, trying to resist the urge to turn them all into my little psychology experiments. My husband and I also enjoy singing in (and supporting!) our congregation's choir. I also do service through our church's women's organization; a couple of months ago, I was elbow deep in cookie dough trying to make cookies to sell to raise money for a building that burned down in our neighborhood. When I was an undergraduate, I was the president of the Mormon student group, or Latter-day Saint Student Association. One of my main goals was to reach across to different communities that people see as being at odds with our church. This was a wonderful opportunity, and I miss it!