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Hi I'm Kira

I have a Biology degree, I volunteer at a Zoo, and I help others improve their lives through essential oils. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Alaska and, due to my father's career in construction, have lived in Utah, Arkansas, Alabama and Ohio and have visited 39 states. It is my goal to visit all 50 states and Washington D.C. before I turn 30. I have a Bachelor degree in Biology with a focus on animal care. I interned at a zoo and an aquarium, volunteered at a local wildlife rescue, and worked in a pet store (where I learned why it is inhumane to support such businesses). I have worked with a large variety of animals and I volunteer every week at the zoo, where I prep diets and "muck out" giraffe, ostrich, zebra, and nyala stalls. I spent a year and a half volunteering and working for a non-profit organization that trains Service Animals, and I am currently working to help my husband start his own business creating and selling apps. I also run a blog helping others improve their lives through essential oils and healthy living. We have been married 5 and a half years and we do not have any children, as we have not yet felt led by God to do so. Together we have a lot of student loan debt we are working to pay off, along with the small home we recently purchased that belonged to my late grandmother. I am very excited to see what 2015 holds in store for us!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most children raised in the church hit a point in their youth when they can no longer rely on their parents' faith and must develop their own. They often struggle and have doubts and must study the scriptures and the gospel and pray in order to develop a sure knowledge for themselves that this is truly Christ's Church. My story was different because I never hit that stage. I always knew I was a child of God, that God loved me, that for whatever reason he had felt the need to send me to a home where I would grow up as a member of his Church and knowing his full Gospel. As I moved around the country and met a variety of people from all walks of life and moral beliefs, my faith was only strengthened as I saw the value of what I had. I was surrounded by friends of varying faiths who all secretly believed the others were going to Hell. I was comforted by knowing they WEREN'T going to Hell and that none of them were even capable of doing so with the knowledge they had. Going to Hell (we call it "Outer Darkness") is a choice that actually takes a LOT of work. At one point, my church leaders encouraged me to pray to know the Book of Mormon was true. I put it off. I didn't need to pray about something I already knew was true. One day when I was 17, I decided to kneel beside my bed and ask God if the Book of Mormon was true. I had the most intriguing experience - I became very aware that my Heavenly Father was both amused and disappointed; the words "Why are you asking me? You KNOW the answer" were sent to my mind. I stood up feeling chastised and have never looked back. I don't need to ask questions that I know the answer to. I KNOW the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the word of God. I KNOW God loves me. I KNOW he has prepared a way for ALL of His children to return to Heaven to live with Him if they choose to - and that this life is not the only opportunity to do so.

How I live my faith

I read scriptures and pray with my husband every night before bed. We also pray at meals to thank the Lord for our daily blessings. I attend church each Sunday for 3 hours. During the first hour, we meet together as a whole congregation to partake of the Sacrament, sing hymns together, and listen to several short sermons prepared by members of the congregation (each member takes turns speaking and is assigned a topic once or twice a year to present for 10-15 minutes). During the second hour, we separate into small "Sunday School" classes where we are taught gospel principles in age-specific groups. During the third hour, we combine into larger groupings. The children meet together, youth boys meet together, youth girls, adult women, and adult men. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am expected to help out at church by fulfilling various assignments. I am expected to help clean the church several times a year and I am assigned to visit several women each month to bring them a spiritual message and to provide any assistance they may need, physically, spiritually, emotionally or otherwise. I also help teach the children at church on Sundays during the second and third hour of church. In 2013 I taught children aged 7-8 and in 2014 and 2015 I taught children aged 9-10. Members take turns helping out in different positions so that church activities run smoothly. I have also helped out in the past by teaching youth and adults and by helping to lead women during the third hour of church. When I was a young woman, I took my turn leading a group of girls my own age. We often have service activities that are organized and carried out by church members. One recent service activity encouraged members to donate various items from home to help individuals in need living in Zimbabwe. If I have to travel, there is always another LDS church nearby following the same schedule and gospel principles as my home church.