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Hi I'm Kim

I'm from Vermont. I recently returned from serving a mission in Scotland and Ireland. Now I'm studying International relations.

About Me

I am a student at Brigham Young University, studying international relations. I love learning different languages and studying about different countries and cultures and how all of that ties together to make people the way they are. I love travelling and seeing it all in action. No matter what I'm doing in life, I am excited to jump into things without hesitation and completely devote myself to whatever path life takes me down. I recently returned from serving a mission in Scotland and Ireland. Other hobbies of mine include ballroom dancing, drawing, and exercising.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member all my life, but I choose I continue going to church and participating in all the meetings and activities because of experiences I had as a teenager that strengthened my testimony. I had many experiences at church camps each summer in which I felt the Spirit of God so strongly that I could not deny its existence, and I knew that the things I was learning about when I felt it, such as the Book of Mormon or Joseph Smith, were true. I have also strongly felt both the forgiving and the comforting power of the atonement of Jesus Christ after repenting of my sins or simply when I'm having a bad day and can't find comfort anywhere else. Because of these experiences, I know that this Church is true and I know that I would not be the same happy person that I am today without it, and I cannot give that up.

How I live my faith

I recently served as a full-time missionary, devoting all my time and efforts to helping others find the same happiness that this Gospel has given me. Now that I'm home, I am trying to keep that same Spirit and enthusiasm for God by daily scripture study and prayer, serving others, and trying to love everyone -- those same simple things that Christ demonstrated in His life. I have also developed an interest in family history, and have been encouraging others to do it as well, to help people connect with their families and to help those who have passed on from this life as well.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Kim
God is literally the Father of our Spirits. He created us in His image: He has a body the same as we do. As our Father, He also knows and loves us personally, just like an earthly father would. He is all-knowing and all-powerful. He is wise beyond anything we can imagine, and has all power over the earth and all the elements in it. He is the ruler of the universe, but cares about each of His children individually. He is perfect in every respect. Basically, if you take everything that is good and happy, multiply it by a million, and put it together into one Being, that is what God is like. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Kim
Put simply, a testimony is what you believe. When you have a testimony of the Church, for example, that means that you have gained a witness that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's true church, and that you really believe it. When we 'bear our testimonies,' that just means that we share those things that we believe and that we know to be true. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Kim
We love the Bible! We definitely believe the Bible to be Holy Scripture and the Word of God. We believe that both the Old and New Testaments were written by prophets and apostles as they learned of and taught the people around them of Jesus Christ as our Saviour. As we read the Bible, we can learn of the true nature of Christ and of God's Plan for us. However, we do believe that the Bible as we have it is missing certain truths, so we have further scripture such as the Book of Mormon to complement and complete the writings of the Bible. Show more Show less

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

Kim
The Atonement of Jesus Christ happened when Jesus suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, was crucified on the cross, and was resurrected Easter morning. In the Garden of Gethsemane, He took upon Himself and literally experienced every single pain, sorrow, and consequence of sin that every person who ever has and ever will live on earth experiences. He felt these again as He hung on the cross, this time coupled with excruciating physical pain. He did that in order to pay the price that we cannot pay ourselves for our sins and to be able to comfort us in times of hardship in a way that sometimes no one else can. He died in order to make that sacrifice complete. Then three days later, when He was resurrected, He broke the bands of death by which we all will be bound so that we too can someday be resurrected and live with God in perfect bodies. Show more Show less