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Hi I'm Kimberly

I am a student studying elementary education. I was born in Guatemala but grew up in Iowa. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born number 6 in a family of 9 children. I have always loved reading and art. I played varsity soccer all four years of high school and worked in a grocery store as a checker the last two years. I graduated from high school and decided to attend a university and major in elementary education with an endorsement in Spanish. I have worked as an English Language Learner (ELL) associate with children in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades. I have had the blessing of being able to return to Guatemala, where I was born, and be able to visit every once in a while. I come from a large extended family and have 15 nieces and nephews. One of the things that I have found lately that I can't live without is music. Music when I clean, music when I do homework, music whenever I need a pick-me-up. However, I am not so very musical. My musical extent only reaches the magical sounds of the recorder... I love watching movies and writing in my journal. Life is good and I am so blessed!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church. Both of my parents where members and I was an obedient child who was quick to please. I attended church every Sunday with them and my brothers and sisters without questioning. It wasn't until my brother began to question and fell away from the church that I saw how much this gospel meant to me. Through difficult times in my life I have always had God there beside me. I have come to develop a very constant communication with God through daily and sometimes even, hourly prayer. When my brother left I could see how unhappy he was and in contrast how happy I was. One day as I read in the Bible about the sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ, I realized that I could not receive his forgiveness if I could not forgive my brother for the years of heart ache. I never felt so at peace when I made that decision and was able to glimpse just how much our Heavenly Father loves us. I have come to slowly develop my very own testimony and experience my very own conversion. To me this means that I am never alone. That I can be forgiven for my mistakes no matter how big or how small. It means that we have a literal Father in Heaven and an elder brother and Savior who love me and want ME to return to them. Knowing that love has allowed me to find in myself love for everyone around me even when others may think that they do not deserve it. I have come to realize that we all need each other and we all need Jesus Christ. We will never be happier than we are closest to Him.

How I live my faith

All my life I have participated in church callings. When I was 12, I was put in charge of the 12 and 13 year old's in our little group of young women. When I was 14 I was in charge of the 14 and 15 year old's, and when I turned 16 until 18 I was in charge of that group. By being in charge, I would conduct meetings, plan activities, and talk about the needs of the girls I was in charge of with my group leaders. I learned how to treat those girls in a way that made everyone respect each other, which is hard to do when you are talking about a group of teenage girls. When I turned 18 I went off to college where I was able to attend church on my own, with my roommates. I remember my first calling or "assignment" was to be a visiting teaching coordinator. I would seek counsel from the lord on visiting teaching companionships (2 girls) and who they were assigned to visit (another girl from church) and would make sure that each girl would get at least one visit a month so that we knew the needs of each of the girls especially being so far from home. My next calling was chorister for our group of women. Each time I would go home for break I would get the chance to be sunday school teacher for children ages 4 and 5. Being an elementary education major this was perfect. I learned so much from these children who take this gospel and make it so simple and true. My favorite calling was being a counselor to the president of the women's organization up here at school. I was able to more personally watch over these girls who were all going through similar struggles as I was. This was a group of girls ranging from 18 to 25 years of age and yet I was asked to help in leading them and taking care of them to the best of my ability. I was a little nervous at first because I had a full load with school and my own cares and struggles and yet the Lord knew what he wanted from me and allowed me to find the time and get to know these girls and love them.