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Hi I'm Kenzie Thomas

I'm Kenzie, I love to read, write, play soccer, and also play the clarinet, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 19 years old and a freshman in college. I am a student at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. I graduated with the class of 2015 from Kuna High School and live in Kuna, Idaho which is a small town just outside of Boise, Idaho. My favorite thing to do is write stories and poetry. I enjoy reading books, particularly fantasy such as Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. I also enjoy reading dystopian fiction like the Hunger Games. I love performing, whether it be singing, acting, or playing the clarinet. Music is a big part of my life. I also enjoy playing soccer. I am the oldest of 4 children, I have a younger sister who just turned 15, a younger brother who is almost 13, and another younger brother who is almost 9. I love my family and we enjoy playing soccer together. I love going to church, and I love the Book of Mormon. I love attending BYU and I couldn't be happier about being a student at a church school. I love my friends, and I enjoy attending the temple. I am currently preparing to serve a mission in the Zimbabwe, Harare mission. I cannot wait to put my life and education on hold for 18 months to serve the Lord among His children in Africa.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the Chruch is true. As a young child I was taught the Gospel and I have been a member all of my life. As I entered high school, I realized that I had been leaning on my parents testimonies my entire life up to that point. I had felt the Spirit, but I needed to learn for myself. During my freshman year, in Seminary we were doing something called Missionary Week. It was a Friday and we had missionaries come teach us during class. I had recently finished reading the Book of Mormon and had prayed as Moroni counseled in Chapter 10 (in the end of the Book of Mormon, to find out what is says you should read it). I had been waiting for an answer, but it hadn't come yet. I remember going around and listening to the missionaries talk. There was one missionary who shared with us his testimony of Joseph Smith. As he was talking, I began to feel warm all over. It started in my heart and went clear to my toes, literally. It was then that I realized, I knew it. I had been taught all of my life that the scriptures were true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that Gospel was true, but it had taken the testimony of one missionary to make me realize that I knew it. I will never forget the missionary who helped me to realize my testimony and helped me to know the truth.

How I live my faith

I enjoy attending church and learning about the Gospel. Being a missionary is something I have looked forward to since I was a junior in high school. I enjoy sharing the Gospel through acts of service, setting an example, and even talking to people who ask about the Church. I live my faith by trying to live as Christ did. I hate seeing people suffer. I will always be willing to listen and talk to anyone who needs a friend, regardless of how well I know them, or whether or not I dislike them. I am a firm believer that everyone in this world deserves to be loved, regardless of the things they may do or say. I will never turn someone away if them come to me for help with problems or just need a friend. Before I realized that God wanted me to serve a mission, I always said that was something I wouldn't do. An experience during my junior year helped me to realize that missionary work was something that I wanted to do. And once the decision was made, I couldn't have been more excited about it.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Kenzie Thomas
Christ is the leader of our Church. After Christ was Crucified, the gospel that he had established eventually disappeared as people lost faith, and the world fell into what is called apostasy, which is when there is not a prophet on the earth. In 1820, early spring, a young boy of 14 called Joseph Smith was trying to decide which Church he should join. As he was searching for truth, he decided to pray and as God himself which church was true. While he was praying, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ appeared and told Joseph that none of the churches were correct. A lot of them had part of the truth, but none of them had all of the truth. It was through Joseph Smith that Christ restored His Church upon the earth. Through Christ Joseph Smith was given the Book of Mormon and he translated it from the Golden Plates into the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Kenzie Thomas
A testimony is the knowledge received through the third member of the Godhead, the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost, or the Spirit, is sent by God and His Son, Jesus Christ to testify the truth to us in this day and time. When you pray, or you read the scriptures, or even if you are trying to make a decision, the Holy Ghost can testify to you whether it is right or not. A testimony is the knowledge that the Book of Mormon is true, that God lives and loves us, that He sent His Son to atone for our sins, that Joseph Smith was a prophet called by God in this day, and that there is a prophet called by God even still who leads our Church and communicates with God. Show more Show less