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Hi I'm Kelly Hicks

I grew up in Atlanta and now attend BYU studying Epidemiology. Convert to the Church was I was 16 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I attend Brigham Young University studying Epidemiology, which is the study of diseases basically, how epidemics travel in populations and how to prevent them. I also love helping people, and try to do whatever I can for my fellow man. I am getting married to my best friend in a month in the Atlanta Temple! Together, we love hiking, camping, and biking. We are definite "granola" people and love being outside! I love the Church and my calling and don't know where I would be today without them.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I was not raised in the best environment. With parents being in and out of my life, and going through several forms of abuse I didn't even believe in God existed for most of my childhood. When I was 14, my mother moved me out of the town where I was raised to move to a better town with a better high school. When I was 15, I met a boy who was a member of the Church and wanted to take me on a date. We started dating, and he immediately introduced me to the Church and I wanted to take the discussions with the missionaries in his ward. Instantly, I knew the Church was true. I had no giant revelation, but the quiet and sweet feeling of the Spirit came over me and I knew it was the true Church of God restored on the earth. Ever since then, I have been baptized and was accepted into BYU. I continued to date the boy who took me to Church, until he went on his mission and I came to Utah. I studied hard and learned more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ than I ever had before. I have chosen to be a member of the Church because of the simple fact that it is true. There is no element of the Church that I ever doubted, and I knew Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. The Church has taught me so much about myself and how much I am worth. I am a part of God's plan, and He loves me. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice for me, he loves me with a perfect love. This is the true Church of God, and everyone has a place built for them in the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I say these things Humbly, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

How I love my faith is by being involved in my ward and calling. Being at BYU, it's easy to be a part of your ward because everyone you know is a member of the Church! But even then, it can still be hard to feel like you belong. Every member needs to do their part in their ward calling and organizations, because that is how the Church functions. My calling, is to be apart of the Activities Committee. Myself and the rest of my committee plan fun activities and outings for our ward to participate in, so people can feel like they belong. I also live my faith through doing the small and simple things, reading my scriptures and attending all of my meetings for Church. Daily works is also the other half of faith, and living the standards of the Church shows your faith and love for the Church that was established by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Kelly Hicks
The Word of Wisdom is something that the Church leaders emphasize, and is a practice by the Mormon church. Basically, we abstain from tobacco, alcohol, coffee and tea, and illegal drugs. All of the aforementioned substances and harmful to our bodies and prevent us from being in the best physical fitness we an be. Our bodies are a gift from our Heavenly Father, they are our own personal temples and protect our souls. If we are harming them, then our soul and Spirit will then become harmed as well. Our bodies should be respected and celebrated, and to be the strongest they can be. Show more Show less