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Hi I'm Kyle Fitzsimons Shanklin

I am from Colorado. I am adopted. I served my mission in Lima, Peru. I got my degree in Accounting from BYU. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My parents were working in Brazil when I was born. We moved back to Colorado when I was 3 years old. Around my sixth birthday my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer and cirrhosis of the liver. He later passed away a couple of months later. After my Dad's death my mom was diagnosed with scleroderma which is a terminal auto-immune tissue disorder. She struggled with that for about 2 years and then passed away when I was almost eight years old. I was an only child at the time and my mom had arranged for me to live with some family friends. My best friend's mom had an impression that she needed to adopt me. She talked it over with her husband and they felt a distinct impression to do so. They met with the other family and both families prayed about it and felt like I should join the Millett family (an LDS family). They became my legal guardians and I have lived with them since I was 8. Around a year later I met with the missionaries and was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have since gone on a mission to Lima, Peru. I studied accounting at BYU in Provo. I enjoy baseball, cooking, and skiing. I am a very social person and love meeting new friends. My nickname is Fitzy.

Why I am a Mormon

I heard someone once say: "When someone experiences death of a loved one, the atonement becomes much more real to that person." Ever since I have heard that, it has stuck with me. God wanted me to understand the atonement of his Son and our Savior at the young age of 8. I think the biggest reason why I am a mormon is because the Gospel of Jesus Christ gives me hope and makes me happy. My testimony's foundation is due to the Plan of Salvation and especially the Atonement. I have come to know, not just feel, know that God exists. He is looking out for me and everyone else. He has a plan for each and every one of us. Although sometimes we feel he is distant, he never is, sometimes he just lets us learn on our own. I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I can see my parents again as well as my Father in Heaven. Christ suffered and died so I can be happy. That is clear to me. The Atonement is the center of the gospel, this church, and God's plan for us. Without the Atonement we would be nothing and there would be no hope for us. However, since Christ died for us, we can get through our trials, be forgiven, and live again. I know that Christ directs this church. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of the Lord. I know that the Book of Mormon is true scripture given to us for our benefit. I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ and was an instrument in the Lord's hands to restore this true church. I know that Christ lives.

How I live my faith

I try to keep a smile on my face and show how happy the gospel makes me. I try to make friends with people and show them that I care about them. I think the best way to live the faith is to be an example.