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Hi I'm Kyle

I'm attending school hoping to get accepted to med-school, I'm a diabetic, I play harmonica, I love being happy, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just returned from the best two years of my life thus far, serving a mission for the church in the greater Baltimore Maryland area! I have one brother and one sister and love spending time with my family. I play harmonica, tuba and trombone, and was heavily involved in my high school's band program. Now that I'm out at college, I don't get as much time for music as I would like, but I still love to pull out the old harmonica every now and then and play some campfire tunes. I've had type 1 diabetes for 8 years now and do my best to support diabetes awareness and others who have recently been diagnosed. I'm also part of that sick breed of people that for some reason take pleasure in public speaking. Currently, I'm attending college working towards being admitted into medical school. My dream job would be actor on a children's television show... but since that probably isn't happening anytime soon I guess I'll just make do with being a doctor. I love learning, it doesn't really matter what I'm learning about, I just love to learn. I also enjoy camping, skiing, and spending time outdoors. Overall, I'm just a happy guy who likes being happy. And because I like being happy, I live my faith. I know that living the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leads to lasting peace and happiness, and I love being able to share that message with everyone I meet!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know it is true. It is the Lord's church today. I know this through the spirit that I have felt as I have attended the temple, listened to the guidance of church leaders, attended church and church-sponsored programs, and especially as I have read and prayed about The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Learning the truth about the gospel isn't hard, just do what God wants you to do, try it out for yourself. I know, without doubt, that Jesus Christ is my Savior and my brother. I know that God is my loving Father in Heaven and truly wants what is best for me. I know that Joseph Smith restored His church. I know that living the gospel brings more joy, happiness, comfort, and blessings than anything else. I love the church and I love the Lord! That all being said, I will admit I am a very doubtful person, and I did not know all those things just because my parents were members of the church. It took some serious effort, study, and work to finally come to the realization that this was truly the Church of Jesus Christ. But now I can honestly say that I know that it is. And it is the most important thing I have learned or will learn in my life.

How I live my faith

As a missionary, all of my time was to be dedicated to bringing the truth to those around me. I would teach people about the church and God's plan for them. From 6:30 in the morning to 10:30 at night, my day consisted of studying the scriptures, proselyting, teaching others about God's plan of happiness for them, providing service, and attempting to uplift and strengthen the faith of everyone I met. Now that I have returned from my service I attempt to keep that spirit of missionary work with me. I still study from the scriptures daily, try to find ways to teach others about the joy that comes from living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and look for opportunities to serve others. My goal is to be an example of what a "good Christian" should be. In other words, I strive to always follow the example of Jesus Christ. In addition, I serve as a member of the "Sunday School Presidency" in my local congregation. I help teach Sunday School classes and ensure that everyone has an opportunity to feel open and feel the love of their Heavenly Father at church each Sunday.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Kyle
For most people, myself included, it takes some work. Answers don't just come out of nowhere. That being said, the process is pretty simple. For myself, I had to sincerely read the Book of Mormon and pray about it, fully intending to act upon the answer I got. If it was no, the Book of Mormon is not the word of God, I was completely willing to move on and find something else. If it was yes, I would completely live according to the standards taught by the church because I would know they were given for my benefit. Thankfully, my answer was yes, and because I received that answer I know that anyone who truly prays in faith and is willing to act on their answer can receive one. It took me a few times through the Book of Mormon before I received that answer, but that was more because of my own stubbornness and lack of sincerity than anything else. If you have that sincerity, you WILL receive an answer. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Kyle
If you meet with Mormon Missionaries, they probably will want to talk a lot about how you feel and what the Holy Ghost is. That is because the Holy Ghost acts in a sense as God's messenger, it is through him that we learn what God wants us to do and through him that God answers our questions when we pray. This guidance usually comes in the form of "feelings" such as peace, comfort, warmth, and joy. With that in mind, I myself am not one to base my decision to join a church on just a "good warm feeling." Maybe I'm just stubborn, but I need something a bit stronger than that to motivate me. To me, that is the great thing about the Holy Ghost, it speaks to us in ways much stronger than feelings. It's difficult to describe, but to me the Holy Ghost feels like that feeling you get when you suddenly remember how to do a math problem on a test, or when you finally understand how a mathematical principle works. Or it feels like that feeling you get when you realize that a decision you made that you weren't quite sure about ended up being right. Or it comes in thoughts that suddenly pop into my head at just the right time. Or a feeling of "knowing," just an undeniable feeling of "yes, this is right." The great thing about it is because it comes from God it will be tailored to fit you, He knows what feelings and thoughts you need to have to know it is from Him. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Kyle
Absolutely! God loves us now just as he did back in the days of the bible, why would he not want us to have the direction and peace of mind that comes from having a living prophet? I am extremely grateful to know that I can know exactly what God wants me to do in these days through the words of His living prophet. I know there is a prophet on the Earth today. And I know you can gain that knowledge too if you sincerely pray about it. If you want to know more about modern prophets, I recommend talking to some missionaries, they can help you better understand our belief in a modern prophet. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Kyle
Jesus Christ is our Savior, our Redeemer, and our Advocate. This means that it is through His grace that we can return to God and live happily, now and forever. The Atonement is the process Christ went through to obtain that grace, the Book of Mormon explains in part that process; " And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. (Alma 7:11-12)" Christ willingly took these things upon Himself so that he could understand PERFECTLY and EXACTLY what you are going through. He knows your struggles, weaknesses, and pains and He WILL help you through them IF you allow Him. In taking these things upon Himself He did not take away your agency, in other words, He will not make you clean against your will. To receive His help you must live His gospel by having faith in Him, repenting, being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and continuing to follow His example and commandments. As you do so, I testify that you will experience the changes necessary in your life to feel hope, peace, purpose, and joy now and eternally. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Kyle
Everyone is absolutely welcome to attend church services, we encourage you to attend! The best way to understand what to expect at such a meeting is to get a tour of the local meetinghouse. This can be requested through the missionaries serving in your area. If you would like this service, simply go to the "visit" icon near the top of your screen, and click "meet with the missionaries." After submitting your information, the missionaries will contact you and you may request that they take you on a "church tour." On this tour they will discuss the various meetings, and where they are held within the local meetinghouse, so that you can feel completely comfortable attending. They may also introduce you to a couple of members of the local congregation so you can have a friendly face to look for at the Sunday meeting. For more information, check out the "Worship with Us" section under the "visit" icon on this site. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Kyle
How do you come to know anybody down here on Earth? You talk to them, you ask them questions, you listen to them, and you try to see their point of view. The better you get to know them the more you trust them and become more willing to try new things they suggest for you to do. Coming to know your Heavenly Father requires nothing more than coming to know anybody else. Start out by talking to Him in prayer and asking questions to get to know Him (some of the best counsel I've ever been given was to simply ask "Heavenly Father, are you there?" and sit and wait a while for an answer). As you ask sincere questions, He will respond through the Holy Ghost and assure you He is watching over you (I know from experience!). You can then start to see things more from His point of view as you study His counsel in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. As you continue studying and praying, you will start to trust Him and better understand how deeply He loves you, and you will want to "try the things He suggests" by living the commandments He has given us. As you do so, you'll be able to see the joy that gospel living brings and you'll want to make covenants, or promises, to bring yourself even closer to Him. I can promise that the best Individual you could focus on building a relationship with is your Heavenly Father! He is the only being you can always, constantly, and completely rely on to love you, to give you perfect advice and counsel, and to care for your well-being! Show more Show less