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Hi I'm Kiri

I'm from the United States, I want to travel the world, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Hello! I am a girl that grew up in Montana, though I'm currently living in the beautiful state of Colorado. I am a musician, and I know how to play the piano, viola, cello, ukulele, and guitar. I love learning new instruments and sharing my musical talents with others. One of my hobbies that has taken up most of my time for the past four years has been learning languages. I love to learn new languages! In high school, I took Japanese. Then I started learning Italian, Spanish, and American Sign Language on my own. I am no where near fluent in any of those, but I hope that one day I will be. I love learning about other cultures and about language. Some other hobbies that I love: I love solving puzzles of all kinds! Gigantic jigsaw puzzles, insanely difficult sudokus... I love it all! In addition to puzzles, I love to read books. I spent a great deal of time in my childhood reading and writing fiction. There is so much wholesome literature out there for us to read, and I love to be a part of that. It's a way for me to travel before I get the chance to do it for real. I love children (all three of my current jobs work directly with them!) and want to be a wife and mother more than anything else. Before that happens, I plan on serving a mission for 18 months! A very large part of me hopes I will be called to serve in a foreign country, but I know that even if I serve in the United States, I can still be the Lord's hand here on earth.

Why I am a Mormon

I have thought about this for a long time. Now that I am an adult, if I don't want to go to church, I don't have to. No one is making me. Yet, for some reason, I always try to go. i guess what it boils down to is this: this church has been the only thing that has kept me going. School is hard, work is hard, life is hard, but I know that I can always turn to my Savior, Jesus Christ, and that He will help me and carry me through my tough times. When I pray to Him, I feel comforted. This church has been the only place I have felt that. That is why I keep going every week, and that is why I try to live by the standards the church teaches. In my darkest times, I have felt strength come from Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. I know that He is there and He is always listening. I know that Jesus Christ suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane for every trial, heartache, and pain that I have ever gone through and that I will ever go through. I have felt the enabling and comforting power that He has. I have felt that Spirit come through many sources...the Holy Ghost makes me feel calm in the midst of trial. Someone answers my prayer. I read a verse in the scriptures that feels like it was written directly from Heavenly Father for me at that moment. The Lord's hand is in all things, and I can see it everywhere I look. I know without a doubt that this is the true church and that Christ is my loving Savior, my brother, my best friend, my confidant. I know that I can tell Him anything and He will understand and help me through my struggles. I have felt that time and time again. Why would He let me feel that way if it wasn't true?

How I live my faith

I am not afraid to tell people what church I belong to and that I follow Christ. I love to answer the questions that I get asked about why I do and don't do certain things. However, being a Mormon is so much more than just saying what we believe. I believe that my example can have a much bigger effect than just preaching what I know. I try to act as I believe Christ would act and how He showed us to act in the scriptures. I don't like feeling like a hypocrite. What good would telling someone that I believe in being kind and Christ-like be if I just bully others and act like an awful person in private? I strive to have integrity wherever I go. On a weekly basis, I attend church on the Sabbath Day. In addition to that, I try to attend church activities whenever I can. Gathering together and strengthening each other is such a large part of the Mormon faith; I love being strengthened by my peers and feeling that I can make a difference in someone else's life just by something I say or even just by a simple smile. I believe in the power of one small and simple thing. My life is made up of small and simple things. I can be the Lord's hand just by influencing someone else's day in one small and simple way. That is something that the church teaches that I believe with all of my heart, based on my experiences when I'm having a bad day and someone does a kind act for me and when I notice that someone else is not having a good day and I can do a small act of kindness for them.