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Hi I'm Kyle

I'm serving as a full time missionary. I live in Pennsylvania. I grew up in New Mexico but I don't speak Spanish and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up the third of four children. In my family, a smile was everything and a laugh was golden. I learned from early on that I wanted to make people smile. On paper I'm a stereotypical Mormon young man but if you actually read the paper that is NOT a bad thing to be. I'm a college student, a little guy with an illustrious hair-do and I love pineapples. And Cheesecake. Not together.

Why I am a Mormon

I love truth. As I've served as a full time missionary, I've had a lot of people tell me that I'm a Mormon because that's how my parents raised me. That's like saying the sun rises because its Dad told it to. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because its true. I live a good life, I pray, I smile as I walk past people on the street, not because my parents told me to; I live my life faithfully because I want to be happy. I'm a Mormon because I trust God. I'm a Mormon because I prayed and asked Him if we need a living Prophet or if the Book of Mormon is the word of God and He said yes. Living that testimony has made me the happiest person I could be.

How I live my faith

There isn't anything unique about the challenges I face, the only unique thing is my response. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints seek not only to believe the words of Christ but to live them. That's my goal. Reading scriptures and praying daily may seem like a basic thing to do but that's the basic thing that makes all the difference. I don't have overwhelming trials though life isn't always sunshine and daisies, but the difference is that every day is an okay day because it's always better than the one before.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Kyle
We perform proxy baptisms because we are trying to love people like Christ loved them. I once had a man ask me, "what right do you have to baptize my grandfather?" My only response to that was that first, as members of the church we seek out OUR OWN ancestors and offer them this opportunity. Everyone has the chance to accept these ordinances and/or offer them to their ancestors. Second, I do this work in the temple because I have felt the spirit communicate to me how much the deceased appreciate this service; for if they've not accepted the gospel this is the only way. I met a man who was baptized with his wife and upon learning about the work for the dead in Holy temples, he said he knew he had been given the chance to accept the gospel, that he might take it to his family as well; both living and dead. This is the work of our Savior and He has asked that it be done. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Kyle
A belief is a mental thing but to believe requires action. Our faith, as placed in Jesus Christ, will lead us to salvation. No matter what we do in life, we can't earn our way to heaven. Although Christ purchased our soul from death with his atonement, he has asked for our obedience to the laws and ordianances of the gospel as appreciation for what He did. Our knowledge of his ultimate sacrifice allows us to have faith and trust in his ability to lead us unto eternal life. Show more Show less