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Hi I'm Kim

Grew up in the Bay Area. Worked in Silicon Valley. I love the Sierra, the Great Outdoors. I’m a California Mormon Mom.

About Me

Once upon a time I sat, professionally-dressed, in a cubicle and programmed using DOS. Now I informally teach and support my children’s lives, sit in my home and occasionally pick up jobs on Craiglist. Times have certainly changed! Many of you will not even know what I’m talking about way back when! Technology is always changing. That’s a fact. One thing that is timeless is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is constant and personally empowering. That is also a fact. A really important fact. I’ve lived enough of life now to see that the gospel of Jesus Christ makes a tangible difference in people’s lives. The law of the harvest is never truer than in my observations of people around me. You take a principle (like an unknown seed), you give it time and water (effort and open-mindedness to see what comes of it), and you see what happened (Did you grow a weed or a beautiful flower?). My life is overflowing with people who are living models of what good things the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ can do for individuals. They have blossomed, as have I. I am continually amazed at the good people in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

Following the precepts of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints can change behavior and outcomes more than any other single thing. Older Mormons live statistically longer, healthier and happier lives. (Case in point, my parents, 91 and 96 this year, have lived a modest, happy, unspectacular yet completely fulfilling life.) As I’ve volunteered in schools, I see that children raised by committed mothers and fathers thrive. Family relationships can be happy when all members invest sufficient time and energy into that priority. Being honest, substance-free, genuine (not materialistic or overly concerned with worldly fame), conservative in dress, financially prudent, all make a huge difference in real life. Everything is just less complicated with these priorities! Fear and poverty and hopelessness can be overcome with time and faith. When unforeseeable tragedy strikes, understanding of an overall divine plan helps makes sense of difficult circumstances and provides comfort. I’ve seen all these hopeful, positive outcomes in the lives of myself and others who follow principles of the LDS church. Happiness and peace come as a direct correlation to living the teachings of this faith. I’ve also seen the opposite, which saddens me. I think at one time, in America, there was a lot of courteous dialogue about religion. I hope it is still an important enough topic to many so that it is open for discussion. Spiritual conviction and direction comes directly between an individual and God. That is how everyone can know what they should do. I hope inquiring minds and hearts will plant the seed and give this gospel a chance in their lives.

How I live my faith

I have had the pleasure for many years to work at church with some of the children and teenagers in my area. The youth in our church are amazing. For the most part, teenagers and children are courteous and friendly. Education is super important to them. Community service is a part of who they are. They can speak in front of groups of hundreds. They can conduct meetings, with adults and peers, using agendas and giving assignments. No wonder they become such respected leaders in our society. They know the doctrines of the church they attend – they don’t just tag along with their family each week. In my geographical area, the teenagers attend early morning scripture study classes before school. Have you ever seen a teenager “forced” each day to get up early for something like that? Not going to happen. They do it because they love it and know that starting their day in such a way strengthens them.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Kim
We do missionary work today because it was Jesus’ charge to spread the good news. I hope no one is offended or turned off by our good missionaries. They have a wonderful message. They also do much service and actively look for ways to help the communities they serve in. If you allow them to serve you, you will not “owe them anything”. They are not “salespeople”. They are not trying to brainwash or convince anyone of anything. I think at one time, in America, there was a lot of courteous dialogue about religion. I hope it is still an important enough topic to many so that it is open for discussion. Spiritual conviction and direction comes directly between an individual and God. That is how everyone can know what they should do. I hope inquiring minds and hearts will plant the seed and give this gospel a chance in their lives. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Kim
The Book of Mormon is beautiful scripture and doesn’t read like fiction, because it is not. It reads like the record of an ancient people who loved God and Jesus Christ and had their ups and downs living up to their eternal commitments with Deity. It is not unlike the Bible, only different stories, different places, all bearing testament to God’s existence and plan for our lives. I marvel that there are people who’ve never opened this book to give it a chance to make a difference in their lives. Read it for yourself and the words will resonate with you and bring to mind other sacred scripture with which you may be familiar. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Kim
Joseph Smith, a thoughtful boy of 14, restored Christ’s ancient church organization in the United States in the early 1800's. Some marvel that he was so young and impressionable and uneducated. Perhaps that is the very reason he was able to receive divine communication. The Bible is replete with heavenly communication with young people and so it has always seemed perfectly natural to me that God would still communicate in this way. Prophets, even those called at a young age, blessed our lives in ancient days and they continue to bless our lives and guide us. Show more Show less