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Hi I'm Kiyomi

I live in Florida. I am a daughter, sister, wife, and mother. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I started off in customer service at a small credit union in San Antonio. I met my husband while we were both working at USAA. I went to college at UT in San Antonio, BYU Provo, and finished at the University of Phoenix. I am now a stay at home mom. Definitely, the hardest job ever :) I love to read, blog, sew, cook, and listen to stories. I have learned that everyone has an amazing story.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon, but decided as a teen that it "wasn't my thing". I went from Mormon, to Christian, to Agnostic, to Atheist. I questioned the very existence of God. I studied many religions in search of truth. When I was in my early 20's, I woke up one day contemplating my life. I realized I was miserable. Nothing I was doing was fulfilling; work, school, and my extra-curricular activities were meaningless. I needed to find purpose. I immediately felt an impression in my heart to go back to church. Because of poor decisions, I was resistant. But I had a good friend who helped me along the way. As I read the Book of Mormon, it answered questions that I had never vocalized. I found fulfillment in Christ. I found forgiveness. The burdens of my past are gone; swept away in the sacrifice made on the Cross at Calvary by our Savior, Jesus Christ. It has never been an easy journey, but I have found happiness and purpose in the good and the bad of life. Being a disciple of Christ is hard, but it is so much better than life without Him. As a disciple of Christ, I seek for truth. I am a Mormon, because this is where I found the most complete and purest truths.

How I live my faith

I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because it gives me the courage to step outside of myself. Being slightly shy, my church has given me the opportunities to be involved in civic and religious community events. I have the opportunity to serve locally as I visit those from my congregation, make meals for those in need, and teach toddler-age children in the church nursery on Sunday.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Kiyomi
This was a question I had in my youth. As I have learned more, I found two principles to be important. 1. God has always reserved the priesthood for a small group of men. Anciently, it was passed on to the eldest son; in the Old Testament, this is often referred to as the birthright. When the father passed away, the eldest son was responsible for the family's physical and spiritual well-being. 2. We each have a purpose on this earth. As designed by God, and when circumstances permit, men have the purpose to provide for their family and protect their family, just as was required of the eldest son in ancient times. I believe that to help men fulfill this monumental task, God has given them the gift of the priesthood; the power to act on His behalf and in His name. I have learned that this does not make my prayers any less meaningful or less powerful. In fact, I have seen women of faith accomplish miraculous wonders through prayer and faith when a priesthood holder is not available. Show more Show less