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Hi I'm Kyrie

I'm serving a mission in California. I love my family, especially my 3 younger siblings. I love to read and write. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a missionary serving in Anaheim, California. I'm absolutely loving it, the people, the place, and the Gospel. Before my mission, I was going to college, and I plan to continue my education after I get off my mission. I'm the oldest, I adore my two younger brothers and my little sister, and I love my family very much. I try very hard to be a good example to them. I love to read and write, and I hope to be published one day. I love music, and I love being crafty. I basically love being artistic and creating something, and because of that, I'm a bit of a show off. I'll be the first to tell you that I have a pretty big ego. I'll also be the first to tell you that I know that everyone is important and everyone is loved. I don't want anyone to feel as if they aren't of worth.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church. I can see now that the base I've had and learned since I was very young played such an important part in who I am. I didn't have to worry about getting into trouble because I knew what was right, and I knew what would make me happy. I, of course, had to find out for myself that this church was true. I never really had a single conversion moment, a moment of "Wow, I have a testimony." It was always more, "I know this is true, but here is another reason that it is." I can't give you a single moment where I was suddenly a Mormon. I can tell you that I know that Heavenly Father loves me. I am a Child of God, and knowing that, knowing who I am is the most important thing to me. I know I am loved, and I know that everyone is loved. I know that the sole reason for anything in the church can be traced back to the statement "Heavenly Father loves me." Why are there commandments? Heavenly Father loves me, and He wants me to be happy and to not get into trouble, just like our own parents want us to be happy. Why do we have a prophet? Heavenly Father loves me, and He wants us to be able to receive revelation from Him. Why do bad things happen in the world? Heavenly Father loves me, and He wants me to grow, and I cannot know what is good if I have never experienced something bad. I won't know how amazing the sight is at the top of a mountain if I never experienced the pain to climb it. We are children of God, and He loves each and every one of us.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving a mission, and I am loving it so much. The people are wonderful, and it is so cool to be spreading the gospel, and doing what the Lord would have me do. I've had a few callings before I was called on my mission, and I've loved that they all had to do with children. I was in the nursery with the little children. I was then a music director for the primary, the children 3 to 12 years old. I was teaching the 3 year olds, and I love them so much, and I'm amazed at how much they know already, at how much they understand. It helps me to realize how simple and wonderful the church really is. It really is so amazing how even these little kids can tell me all about the church. I know the church is simple and is easy to understand, and I hope that as I serve as a missionary, that I will be able to share that beautiful simplicity with others.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Kyrie
No. We do not worship Joseph Smith. He is not our God. He is not the one that saved us all from death and sin. Joseph Smith, though, and all the prophets, are important, as they proclaim truth and give direction for the Church and all those that will listen. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Kyrie
Ask God. Pray. If you feel good or peaceful, it is a confirmation, a yes. If it is a negative feeling, confusion, etc., it is a no. You can receive an answer to any question that way. I have done this myself. I have prayed to know if "Mormonism" is true, and I have received an answer. I know for myself that the church is true. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Kyrie
The official name for the Mormon church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We do believe in Jesus Christ, and we believe that He is our Savior. He is the Son of God. He redeemed us from our sins, so that we could return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father (God). Christ is the center of our church. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Kyrie
A testimony is a statement of what we believe. Each one is a personal expression of what we know about the church, God, Jesus Christ, our faith, etc. For example, I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true, and I believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior, and I know that He and Heavenly Father loves me, and everyone. I know that everyone is a child of God, and that our Heavenly Father loves us so much and wants us to return to Him, and that He has not sent us here to this Earth life to fail, but He has provided us a way to return to Him, namely through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Kyrie
Churches and Temples are two different things, although both are very important. When we say "attending church," it will refer to our Sunday services, which consist of a group of people joining together at a church building to partake of the Sacrament(communion), to listen to speakers from the congregation, and to learn from each other in classes. Temples are very sacred places. While there are many many church buildings all over the world, there are significantly fewer temples across the world. There are only 141 temples in operation at the moment, and more are constantly in construction. The most famous temple is the Salt Lake Temple, in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is the one that has 6 spires and looks like a castle. While everyone is welcome in our church buildings and to our Sunday worship services, only worthy members are allowed into the temples. Temple attendance is encouraged, but there is no set specific time set to go, like it is not required to go to the temple every Sunday or once a month or anything like that. Temples are where we make covenants(promises) with God, and we also are sealed together as families in the temple. When we are sealed together as a family, it means that we are together with our families forever, even after death. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Kyrie
Amazing. I love being a Mormon. I know what I believe. I know who I am. I know why I am here. I know what happened before this life, and I know what will happen after. I know that I have a loving Heavenly Father(God). I know that Jesus Christ is His Son, and the Savior of the world. I know that I can be with my family forever. I am so happy because of all that I know, because of being a Mormon. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Kyrie
God and Jesus Christ. It is Jesus Christ's church. He chooses those who will lead the Church. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Kyrie
The Book of Mormon is a collection of writings of ancient prophets. There are many people who wrote what is now today called the Book of Mormon. There is Lehi, who left Jerusalem around 600 B.C., and his son, Nephi, wrote the first two books of the Book of Mormon. Then Jacob, the brother of Nephi, wrote the next book. Then, among others, there were Mosiah, Alma the Elder and his son Alma the Younger, Helaman, a man known as "the Brother of Jared," and Mormon and his son Moroni. Then, Mormon was put in charge of all of these records that had been written down over hundreds of years(it was now about 400 A.D.), and he abridged all of these records. He put all of the records together into one record. He then died, leaving the records to his son, Moroni, and before Moroni hides the records in a hill, he leaves his own record at the end of the collection. Then, in the mid 1800s, a man named Joseph Smith was commanded by God to find the record and to translate the records, which he did by the power of God. I have read the Book of Mormon, and I have prayed about it, and I have come to know that it is true, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and a testament of Jesus Christ, and I know that I believe more in Jesus Christ from reading the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Kyrie
Why wouldn't we believe in the Bible? We believe in Jesus Christ. The Bible tells about Jesus Christ, and we believe the Bible, as far as it is translated correctly, to be the word of God. The Bible and the Book of Mormon support each other. The Book of Mormon is "Another Testament of Jesus Christ," and it in no way replaces the Bible. If anything, the Book of Mormon strengthens my own testimony of the Bible. Show more Show less