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Hi I'm Kirsten

I'm a student at BYU. I make delicious chocolate chip cookies. I love to make other people smile. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a second-year student at Brigham Young University studying Communication Disorders. I love going to school and learning, but I struggle to get good grades. I work hard and put forth 100% effort in everything I do. I enjoy playing sports. I grew up playing soccer and have a great love for that sport. I have played on a few intramural teams here at BYU. I have also gotten into ultimate frisbee and racquetball since I've been here. Running is one of my favorite things to do. It's such a good release for me. I am good at noticing the needs of the people around me and knowing what to do to meet those needs. I've learned that sometimes, the smallest acts of service can be miracles for someone else. I'm a very positive person and can always find the good in a situation. I love people. I love interacting with people and talking to people and listening to people and observing people. I love watching the good things that people do for each other. I love learning from other people. There is something I can learn from every person I meet and I'm trying to make that happen. Life is so good and so full of blessings.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were already members of this church, but I still had to be converted to know that this is the true gospel. When I was 16 years old, I attended a church youth camp. Toward the end of my incredible week there, our counselors had us write letters to ourselves to remind us of the experiences we had at the summer camp and the spirit that we felt there. I remember sitting down and not really knowing what I was going to write about. I started writing anyway and filled a page and a half by the time I was through. I paused and thought about what I had just written and realized that I couldn't remember a single word I wrote. I glanced down at the bottom of the paper and read the words, "I love you, Heavenly Father." Tears started to stream down my face. At that very moment, I knew that Heavenly Father knew who I was and that He loved me. After I gained a sure knowledge of my divine identity, everything else began to fall in the place and my testimony of the truth of the church has flourished. I continued to study and to learn about the gospel by reading the Book of Mormon and studying the Bible. I read the talks given by our wonderful church leaders. I attended church meetings and tried hard to make the best decisions. Through all of this, I realized that if God existed and I was His daughter, then He would have some plan for me. He does! And if He had a plan for me, He would place some organization on the earth that would teach me about His plan. He did! And this organization that He would place on the earth would need a leader, a prophet that communicates directly with God. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was established by God through the prophet Joseph Smith for the salvation of His children. Today, Thomas S. Monson leads the church and I know that He talks with God. Christ is the foundation of this church and if we follow the direction of the prophet, we will surely be led to God. This church is true.

How I live my faith

I have served in many different areas of the church. Since I am in a Young Single Adult ward, many of my responsibilities have been to organize activities and social events for the members. I have also worked a lot with the women of this church. One of my favorite callings was to serve as a leader of the women's organization in the church, the Relief Society. I helped these incredible women build each other up and take care of each other and was privileged to stand as a resource for comfort and help whenever the need arose. Outside of the church though, I live my faith by standing as a witness of God at all times and in all things and in all places. I know that I am a daughter of God and that He has a work for me to do. I know it is my responsibility to stand up for what I believe and Who I believe in. I strive to be Christlike and to serve those around me the same way Christ would if He were on the earth today.