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Hi I'm Kyra

I'm a girl from AZ who is living in in the UK while getting my MA in International Studies and Diplomacy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have long been fascinated by other cultures, and so it seemed natural to pursue building cultural bridges as a career path. As a college undergraduate, I participated in two study abroad programs and therefore spent time living and learning in Japan and Israel. I also served a religious mission for the Mormon church in Fortaleza, Brazil for 18 months, where I learned to speak Portuguese. Now I am pursuing a Master's degree in the United Kingdom, and hope one day to be a diplomat. I hope my experience living and working with people from different ethnic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds will help me be an empathetic and understanding world citizen. Besides studying the art of diplomacy and East Asian politics, I am also very passionate about music. I have taken over 7 years of individual voice lessons and while I am a coloratura soprano, I have a background specifically in musical theater. While I was far more involved in theater in high school, I still continue to take private voice lessons and occasionally perform in order to continue to strengthen my vocal capacity. I am also interested in reading, shopping, travelling, and watching movies.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to Mormon parents, but I don't think that automatically made me a Mormon. While my parents took me to church every Sunday and practiced the Mormon faith in our home, they encouraged me to become acquainted with God myself and search for my own answers. Because of this, I read the scriptures (including both the Bible and the Book of Mormon) and sought God for direction, and as a result I found truth as suggested in the scripture John 7:17: "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself." Indeed, as I sometimes made (and continue to make) mistakes and disobeyed the commandments of God as recorded in the scriptures, I was unhappy and felt lost. When I follow the teachings of the Savior, I feel a greater peace and happiness than I can describe. This is how I know it is true--I live the gospel and am happy as a result. This is what gets me through my dark and difficult times. I have the peace of conscience that comes from living the gospel and the comfort of God's hand in my life even when life throws me its worst punches, as it sometimes does. As time passes, my faith only increases as I see how the gospel has blessed my life in ways I could never have imagined. When I pray, I feel nearness to a living, loving Father in Heaven. When I read the scriptures, both new and old, I find answers to my deepest, most personal questions. When I try to follow the example of the Savior and live a good, clean life, I am filled with a deep and abiding glow of joy. I invite you to come to know the gospel of Jesus Christ for yourself. As promised in that earlier scripture, if we try doing what the Savior taught, we will come to know of its truth. I prayed to know if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true, and I received my answer--it is true. And you can know too if you will try the same process yourself. :)

How I live my faith

I currently am a Sunday school teacher in my church, and I also work in the Mormon temple a couple Saturdays a month.