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Hi I'm Kim Mottola

Born in Brazil. I'm a 3rd year full-time management student in Canada at UBC - Okanagan, eh! I'm a clown, but I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil being the youngest of 2 girls. As a kid I've moved around a lot; other than Sao Paulo I've lived in other areas in Brazil such as Curitiba, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Vinhedo (which was where I did most of my growing up) and internationally in Switzerland, Belgium, and New Jersey. When I was 18, I moved up to Canada for my schooling in Kelowna, BC at UBCO and though still a proud Brazilian, I've definitely transformed into a Canadian by choice (as a matter of fact, I plan on upgrading my permanent residency to citizenship in a couple years). I'm very playful, goofy and I love making new friends. I love laughing, doing crazy things and having fun, cooking and/or baking when I'm in the mood, music, going to the gym, summer, taking pictures and videos, talking, eating, sleeping, and being a friend. Like I said, I'm a full-time student and I live away from home so my friends here are my family and I love them with all my heart. This phase I'm in is definitely the happiest in my life so far. And other than that, I'm a pretty boring person I guess...

Why I am a Mormon

My parents found out about the church when they were teenagers and met after my dad's mission and were married in the Sao Paulo temple. However, I'm a strong believer that everyone is a convert. I've always believed in the gospel and lived it, but I never really knew with all my heart that it was true until I was 13 years old and my Sunday School teacher challenged us to do what Joseph Smith did when he was 14 - to pray about it. The outcome of taking that challenge is personal, but I did have an answer; not instantly, or the way I thought It would come, but I felt a peaceful confirmation. After that I progressively began to love and appreciate the gospel. My testimony multiplied even more when I moved away from home to an unknown town where the church wasn't as strong. I learned to appreciate the gospel so much more and became so much stronger and more prepared for adulthood. He has blessed me so much along the way, and everything I have I owe to Him. I'm a Mormon because I'm the happiest when I'm living the gospel and doing my very best. That doesn't mean I never had hardships, but I was better able to overcome them with my knowledge of the true restored gospel. I'm a Mormon because I know that this church is led by Jesus Christ and that through Him we can be saved from the burdens in life. I've used the atonement and have seen it change mine and others' lives.

How I live my faith

I'm imperfect and a lot of times I want to punch myself for the mistakes I've made and for sometimes not living up to my fullest potential. That being said I'm not the best example for a faithful life, but when I try, it's awesome. I live my faith by trying my best to be a good person and to serve others. I also live it by uplifting myself through my spiritual hobbies, which are MANY (though I'm not the most consistent person ever) I love going to church on Sundays because I always feel peace and completeness. Scriptures are legit too (especially the Ensign magazines, church manuals, and the Book of Mormon) and so is praying, thoughtfully singing hymns or playing them on the piano (by thoughtfully I mean really paying attention to their words), watching general conference talks and Mormon videos. I find the more I try to spiritually uplift myself, the more I feel the Holy Spirit with me throughout the day to lead me and guide me. I also love in-depth conversations with family and friends where we can invite the spirit by sharing our experiences and testimonies, like visiting-teaching for example. I try to be as consistent as I can with Family Home Evening and Institute lessons every week as they also strengthen my faith and testimony of the gospel and simply warm my soul! It may sound weird that I also consider this a spiritual hobby, but I really like being around kids. I learn a LOT with them and I feel close to Heavenly Father even if I'm just tickling them. I secretly wish they would never be exposed to the world and just stay the way they are and never grow up. Now my favorite spiritual hobby has got to be going to the temple. I LOOOOOOOOVE that place! I try to participate on all the temple trips, because it's literally Heaven on Earth. I'm probably the loudest person ever, and yet I love the reverence there. I love being able to feel the spirits there and learning something new. Yep, that's how I live my faith. WOO HOO!