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Hi I'm Kyle Gowers

Just a young guy going to college in Utah. I love Overwatch heavy metal, basketball, running, writing and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a young guy from Utah. I loved playing sports in high school I did basketball, track and soccer. I love music and enjoy listening to heavier music like metalcore and post hardcore. My favorite band is Thrice. I enjoy reading books. I like to think I can write my own stuff such as short stories and poetry. I enjoy video games Overwatch is my game right now. I enjoy hiking and camping with friends and being outdoors and enjoying the beauty of the earth. I love to learn. I love board games. I love trying new things and laughing and being goofy with friends. I have a great family I love too. Right now I am going to school to study biology I love my Savior and I am so grateful for his hand in my life every single day because I know he is shaping and molding me to become what he needs and wants me to be. The gospel and teachings of Jesus Christ have brought me so much happiness and peace and direction in my life that I want to share it with the whole world! I love meeting new people and hearing their experiences with God and the role He has played in their own life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because at one point in my life I didn't know what I believed but I eventually found peace and direction in my life through the Church. When I was in my early teens I had experiences in my life that were hard for me to understand and accept. Because of that I began to foster bitter feelings towards God. I didn't truly understand who he was and what his plan was for me. I truly came to believe that if God existed he certainly didn't care about me. Internally I threw up walls around me and didn't let anyone get close. I thought I was different. I thought I didn't matter. I gave up on others, on myself, and I gave up on God. When I was about 17 I decided I needed a change in my life. I needed God. For the first time in my life I picked up the Book of Mormon. I learned more about God from that book then anything else anyone had ever told me. I started to pray and I got to know him better through talking to him and listening to what he had to say to me. Answers to questions I had for years came slowly, but they came. God was testing me, to see if I would trust him. He has been so good to me and looking back I see that now so clearly. He never once turned me away. As I repented I learned to rely upon the Savior and His strength. I learned to love myself and those around me. Most importantly I learned to love God. My heart was softened and I found what I had been missing. I knew then that I wanted to help others find the hope and joy of the gospel. That was when I decided to serve a mission for the Lord and to help others feel the influence of the Savior in their own life. I know that God's gospel has been restored to the earth once again through a prophet. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and friend. I know that my Father in Heaven loves me. I know that because I have talked with him and felt his love and influence in very sacred moments in my life. He is there and knows all his children. And that's enough for me to believe and keep going.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday as I strive to be more like my Savior and do the things he would want me to do. I have chosen to dedicate 2 years of my life to helping others do the same and find faith in Jesus Christ. I try everyday to be humble and find opportunities to serve others because I believe when you look outside yourself and focus more on the people around you, that your love for others and yourself will only grow. The Lord has been so good to me in the past and I have definitely felt the cleansing power of the atonement and I rely on that strength everyday. I want to help others access that power so they can feel the joy and hope of the atonement.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Kyle Gowers
Mormons are not required to serve missions but it is something many volunteer to do because of their love for Jesus Christ. Missions are great opportunities for members to share their belief in Jesus Christ and His restored gospel with other people from around the whole globe. No one is paid to serve a mission it is all voluntary and many missionaries must save up money to pay for their own needs while serving the Lord. Missionaries are called to all different countries around the world. The Lord through his prophet receives revelation or direction from God specifically for each missionary as to where they should go. After service missionaries go back to live with their families and pursue other worthwhile goals in life. Missionaries aren't training to be pastors or bishops, although the leadership skills they may acquire while in service do help them in all aspects of their life after their mission. Women serve for 18 months and Men for 2 years. Show more Show less

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

Kyle Gowers
Jesus Christ is the head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints just as He was the head of his church from the days of Adam to when He came Himself down to earth to establish His church and teach his doctrine. We believe the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is an extension of that same church and that the gospel of Jesus Christ and His church, have been restored to the earth through a prophet that has been called of God. That prophet's name is Joseph Smith. In the year 1820, Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York, and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him. Through Joseph Smith, God has restored all ordinances, priesthood power and doctrine we need to return to live with him again. Since that day Jesus Christ has always lead His church through a prophet just as he has done throughout history. Show more Show less