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Hi I'm Kiana

I love to eat, sleep, and play basketball. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Hi, I'm Kiana! I recently finished my freshman year in college at a university in Colorado. I study nursing! I went a long way to school, mainly because I had the opportunity to play Division 1 Women's basketball! That has been a dream of mine since I could remember. I come from a long line of college basketball players. My mom and dad met while playing college basketball and my sister is playing now. She is a great example and my hero. So I guess playing basketball is a tradition. I also love to sing and play the piano even though my family often tells me not to sing. I don’t know why, I think it sounds great:) I am obsessed with fashion. Surprisingly I love country music. I write in my journal often because I don’t want to forget the funny moments in my life that will give me a good laugh in the future. I like to read books, but I would prefer to be out with friends or family rather than sitting in the house. Not to brag, but I think I can whip up a mean batch of chocolate chip cookies. I do like to cook, but I rather bake fattening desserts! My favorite color is yellow because I love the sunshine and summer. I prefer tall, dark, and handsome men, but I’ll settle for short…no compromise for the dark and handsome. Right now I would say the best part about my life is that I have the opportunity to serve a church mission in Africa. I never would have imagined I would serve a mission, but I know my Heavenly Father has a better plan envisioned for me than I do for myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because it brings me so much joy. I have realized there is a difference between being happy and having joy. We can be happy one day, and unhappy the next, but do we have joy? Joy, to me, is eternal happiness and that is what the church provides for me. I have been a member all my life and have been raised by outstanding parents. I do not have an outstanding conversion story, but I seek every day to be better converted to this gospel. A few years ago I was sitting in church and I remember listening to a lesson about reading the Book of Mormon. I realized that I had just been reading it like a picture book and I never really got anything out of it. I needed to “feast upon the words of Christ,” like it instructs us to do in 2 Nephi 32:3. I began studying the scriptures with a purpose and gained a sure knowledge that the Book of Mormon was true. Since the book was true, Joseph Smith was a true prophet and the Church of Jesus Christ was restored upon the Earth. Being a Mormon gives me direction and comfort. Prophets have given us the “For the Strength of Youth” pamphlet that gives us standards that will help us draw closer to our Heavenly Father. In a world where morals and standards are being questioned so heavily, I am grateful to have definite answers. I also cherish the knowledge of being a daughter of God. I know who I am and when others try to bring me down, I won’t be tossed because I know Heavenly Father loves me. It is also a great comfort to have the Holy Ghost with me always. Receiving this gift at baptism is a memorable experience. I have a companion with me always to guide me. And one of the biggest comforts is to know that I have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who atoned for my sins. His Atonement is infinite. He felt my sins and my sorrows so that I never have to feel alone while I am on this journey back to my Heavenly Father. Being a Mormon gives me great joy and purpose to endure to the end.

How I live my faith

I have come to realize faith is an action word. When I say I have FAITH in my Savior, Jesus Christ, I am going to DO the things I know he wants me to do. That is why I love this question, "How do I live my faith?" because it shows that if we believe in something strong enough, we are going to LIVE it :) In my life, there are several ways I need to improve how I live what I believe. But there are a couple ways that I think are habits in my life that show how I live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One of the ways is going to church each and every Sunday! This may seem small and insignificant, but going to church every week is something that gives me strength and power to face each day. I can testify of the comfort I feel from the Holy Ghost as I go to church and the peace that surrounds me. Whatever the difficulties of the week, I know I can go to church and feel renewed and reenergized for any trial I face. Another example of how I live my faith is by participating in missionary work. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important thing in my life. I love it with all my heart and I know it is true. By participating in missionary work I have the opportunity to share with my friends and family my prized possession. One final way I live my faith is by being an example. I love the scripture in 1 Timothy 4:12 "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." I have come to know that even when I don't think anyone is watching, someone is always there paying attention to how we act and how we speak. I hope that I can be an example to others by the way that I speak, by the way I dress, and by the way I act.