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Hi I'm Kensie

I was born and raised in Utah. I am a graphic designer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm Kensie. A graphic designer. A blogger. A missionary. I attended Brigham Young University and now I'm headed to the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Mission. I'm learning how to use my love of color and talent for design to magnify my calling as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have been too blessed to deny the truth if the gospel. I couldn't imagine my life without The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Unlike some other religions, being a Mormon teaches me how to live every part of my life. I know of no other church that gives guidance on how to take care of my body or manage my finances. I don't just live my religion on Sunday. Being a Mormon affects how I live every part of my life. I know this church is true with all my heart. I don't know of anything else on earth that brings the joy, peace, and safety that being a Mormon does.

How I live my faith

I haven't held many callings yet, so the main way I live my faith and teach people about what I believe is by writing on my blog. I'm bold when I write about the gospel and I try to write so that nonmembers can relate to what I'm saying.

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society is composed of women 18 years and older. It is meant to build unity and provide service. The Relief Society can help strengthen families and aid those in need. Visiting Teaching is a part of the Relief Society. Visiting Teaching assigns certain women in the church to visit specific women in their ward, pray for them, and serve them. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Women do not hold the Priesthood simply because God has not asked them to. However, women are crucial in supporting those worthy men holding the Priesthood. Those who do not hold the Priesthood can benefit from it. Though women do not hold the Priesthood themselves, they are not denied its blessings. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

We are asked to stay away from addictive foods and substances so that we can be useful servants to God. Addictions keep us from being able to do our best and limit our ability to serve. Abstaining from tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs grants us physical and spiritual blessings. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom gives guidance for nutrition and taking care of our bodies. Long before the effects of tobacco and drugs were known, God commanded Mormons not to use them. The Word of Wisdom also tells us not to drink coffee, tea, or alcohol. These guidances are meant to keep us free from addiction, allowing us to live more productive lives and serve the Lord more effectively. The Word of Wisdom also tells us what we should eat: grains, fruit, vegetables, and meat sparingly. Our bodies are precious gifts from God and the Word of Wisdom tells us how we should take care of them. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The Church does not endorse political parties or individuals seeking election, but members are encouraged to be politically active and involved in their communities. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Most missionaries contribute to the funding of their own mission. The rest is usually paid for by parents or other family members. In circumstances where missionaries or their families cannot afford a mission, funds donated from ward members for this situation are used. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely. Our church is very Christ-centered. We pray in the name of Christ. We read the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. We strive to become more like Him. We believe in Christ and all that he taught. We honor Him as our Redeemer. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Husbands and wives can be very different from each other and yet faith in Jesus Christ gives them a common purpose and greater perspective. Trivialities don't matter when couples have the same eternal goals. We teach that families can be together forever. Keeping this in mind encourages us to be kinder to our family members. After all, they are who we will spend eternity with. Faith in Jesus Christ includes a desire to be like Him and treat our spouse and family as He would. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Visitors are allowed to attend Sunday services. A typical Sunday meeting is split up into 3 parts: Sacrament Meeting: The Sacrament, reminding us of our covenants we make at baptism, is given. Hymns are sung by the congregation. Several prayers are offered by ward members. Speakers from the congregation are given gospel topics to speak about. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

The activities that take place are different. Anyone, member or not, can attend a church meeting on Sunday, but due to the sacred nature of the temple, attendance is limited to worthy members who are interviewed before being allowed to enter. Show more Show less