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Hi I'm Kimball

I grew up in Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Las Vegas. I create online training programs and write novels. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a dad with 5 kids. I met my wife in a creative writing class at college. I love playing basketball, soccer (football), and ultimate frisbee. I love to read novels, short stories, and poetry. I read Brandon Sanderson, Czesław Miłosz, Adam Zagajewski, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Anne McCafferey, David Eddings, Margaret Weis, and Tracy Hickman, among many others. I love to write as well. I've written one novel and started two more. I graduated from BYU with English and Creative Writing degrees. I lived in Poland for 2 years while on a mission for the Church. I lived in Warsaw, Cracow, Sosnowiec, and Bytom. I love speaking with Polish people and met many amazing and incredible people while I was there. I took all the Polish classes available at my college after I returned. I still enjoy reading Polish poetry and literature. Bardzo lubię mowić po polsku i z Polakami. I studied French in high school and college and enjoy reading French literature as well. J'aime parler français. I took one semester of Mandarin Chinese at college because I have always been interested in Chinese. I’d love to learn more.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love the Lord Jesus Christ. I have received multiple witnesses from his Spirit throughout my life concerning the truth of His word as found in the Holy Scriptures and also conveyed through modern prophets and apostles. I visited and prayed in the Sacred Grove where Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ as a 14-year-old boy in 1820. I received a special witness from the Lord, that He did in fact visit Joseph in that grove. I also stood in the room at Carthage where Joseph was martyred. I was 17 when I visited this place with some of my friends. We sang A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief together in that room and the Lord bore witness through His Spirit that he approved of the life Joseph Smith lived. I knew then that God loves his prophets. I love them as well. I know President Monson to be God's chosen prophet today. He is the mouthpiece of the Lord upon the earth: called to deliver the revelations that we need as a world-wide family. My joy increases when I consider the love our leaders show and feel for all people of all faiths. I know we are all children of our Heavenly Father. I know that Jesus would have us extend the hand of peace and forgiveness to everyone around us. His atonement pays the price for everyone’s sins. This means that if I don’t forgive someone, then I am denying that his atonement has power to take effect in that person’s life. I also know that he loves and sorrows for every victim of any abuse that occurs anywhere. He records in heaven our deeds. I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God, and I love the prophets who testified of Christ within it. I love the records of the Lord and his apostles which we have in the New Testament. I love the examples of faith and diligence we have in the Old Testament. I know God loves me and you and everyone upon the face of the whole earth. He would have us get along and come to love each other as Christ loved us.

How I live my faith

I now serve in the Elders' Quorum with some amazing brethren. I am inspired by the way these husbands and fathers live the Gospel and serve willingly when called upon. Studying the scriptures each day helps me to understand more and more what the Lord would have me do in this calling. I am strengthened not only by the Spirit of God, but also by the teaching of the General Authorities during General Conference the first week of October and of April. I feel greater peace as I ponder the ways I can be an influence for good among quorum members and with the teachers. Looking for ways to serve and reach out the hand of fellowship is a life changing and constant endeavor. May I serve as the Christ did while he walked upon the earth. Before this, I worked with Webelos cub scouts in my neighborhood. I enjoyed seeing these 10-year-olds as they learned new skills and new knowledge. They were excited about learning, and I liked seeing their faith increase. It was great to see how they integrated their belief in God into their service to the community. I was also called to serve in our ward’s Sunday School Presidency. I loved to teach the youth and adults who attend Sunday School each Sunday. I loved pondering how I could support the Sunday School teachers more effectively. I and all in our presidency loved to stand in when asked to teach any given class. I enjoyed hearing how the youth were living the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was touched by their great faith and their strong testimonies about the power of God in their lives. I was impressed by the devotion our teachers displayed to the youth as they strove to teach them the gospel according to the impressions of the Spirit which they received while preparing and giving their lessons.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Jesus Christ did appear to the Nephite people who survived the calamities that followed his death in Jerusalem. After his resurrection, he appeared unto them and taught them true doctrines about living the laws of the gospel which he had also declared to his disciples in Israel during his earthly ministry. As I read the accounts found in 3 Nephi chapters 11 through 28, I am filled with the warm and tender assurance of the truth of the record and feel the nearness of the Savior and our Heavenly Father as they witness through the Holy Spirit that they love me and all people. Show more Show less