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Hi I'm Kim

I'm an Air Force brat, a wife, a mother, a member of the PTO, a cardiovascular sonographer and a loyal friend. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in an Air Force family and we moved around a lot. My brother and sister are considerably older than me, so I was practically an only child. We learned to be open-minded and accepting of others at a young age because the military is such a diverse environment. My mother was born in Latvia and lived in Europe during and after WWII. She doesn't like to talk about the things she saw during the war but I know the memories haunt her. She told one story of being very young when the Jews were marched through town by German soldiers. She said they looked so hungry. She and her mother had just been to the bakery and my mother took a roll and ran to one of the Jewish men and gave him the bread. Then one of the German guards beat the man for taking the roll. Somehow, her experience makes the horror of that war so much more real for me. I have records of her family coming to Ellis Island from Germany after the war and it's a surreal feeling to see my grandfather's signature on the copy of the documents. I am so grateful they came here to this country where we are blessed with democracy (as frustrating as politicians can be) and the many freedoms we enjoy. I am proud to be an American and I am proud to be a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a convert to the Mormon faith. I was 21, in college and not happy with the choices I was making or the person I was becoming. I got suspended from school and had to move home for a semester and that's when I met the missionaries. I was surprised by the things they taught me because they made sense, and I wasn't expecting anything they said to make sense. I had always believed the Holy Trinity consisted of three separate and distinct beings and this faith taught that concept as doctrine. I also never understood why a loving God would only send His Son to visit one group of people on the earth, especially if there were others in different parts of the world. This faith teaches that the Savior visited and taught everyone, including the people of the Americas. I know the Book of Mormon is an ancient, sacred record of those people. I also thought it made sense that God would provide the world with a prophet to direct us in wisdom. This faith has a true prophet of God. And it never occured to me to ask God directly if something was good or bad, true or false, until the missionaries explained the concept of personal revelation and inspiration. These concepts were an important part of my conversion. But they are a small part of the person I've become. And I am still working hard to become the person I am meant to be. I know my purpose here on earth is to strive to become like the Savior and overcome my weaknesses and faults. The Atonement of Jesus Christ makes that possible for everyone. My faith is a faith for everyone. It helps the world make sense. It helps me love and forgive people in ways I never thought possible. It makes me whole and complete. My faith literally defines me. I am a wife, a mother, a hard-worker, a loyal friend, a loving sister and daughter because my faith helps me want to be all of those things. I can't separate myself from my religion. I am Kim and I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have spent a large part of my life in this church serving and working with the children. I think the best place to be on Sunday is with the little ones ( and the bigger little ones). Our belief in a pre-mortal life gives me a completely new perspective on my own children and the children I work with in Sunday school. They are so smart and so attuned to the Holy Spirit - I am just speechless some days at the things they say. I know when I am serving others, I am literally serving Jesus Christ. It feels so good to know I am doing my part to help the faith of children grow, whether those children belong to me or someone else. Although service and work are synonymous in this church, it is so fulfilling to do my part and contribute to something that is so important. I know "my turn" serving in different capacities will only last for a short time and then it will be somenoe else's turn to grow in amazing ways. I am a better wife, mother, employee, friend and daughter because of my service in this church. I truly understand what charity means and I am a better person because of that.