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Hi I'm Kiki

I am a daughter in an eternal family. I am a young woman who flows and swells to be all that she can be. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My eyes are dark as the shadows of reef under the deep ocean. My thin collarbones extend as hands do when they serve. My skin has an inherited tan with a golden tint from the sun’s presence of day. My lips are left bronzed by humid air. My hair is a dark brown and to care for it, I bend my neck forward for my chocolate curls to follow. I twirl it between my hands eight times, place it at the top of my head, spiral the ringlets, and tuck the strands’ ends into the ring of brunette hair. Attributes do not define me, yet the messy, relaxed bun I form is a depiction of my culture and an image I live to parallel. I form my bun as natives pound and shape a local plant into a paste. It is shaped as I balance on my bicycle, tires colliding with my beaten path home. It is shaped as I contend passionately for a ball on a youthful soccer field of grass, sweat, and bruise. It is shaped as I hold a pencil between my pressed lips and smooth teeth in haste of writing an essay. It is shaped as I park my cherry broad–shouldered pick–up with lumber racks at the beach. It is shaped as I feel leather binding in my palms and embrace scripture. The bun enables me to do many things. Without hair flowing freely, I am able to execute any labor or toil. I hope to always be able to hold myself together and fulfill a duty. The best way to put my shoulder to the wheel is to put my hair in a knot at the top of my head first. I seek to be beautiful, hold my head high, and hold my bun higher.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is the true, restored church and gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ on the earth. I am a member because I believe and know that the doctrines of the church are aligned with the Savior's atonement and the Father's love. I am a member because living the gospel brings me comfort and peace. I am a member because through adversity He can heal and bless me and because through happiness He shares in my joy. I know that my Redeemer lives. I know that one day every knee shall bend and tongue confess in worship of Him. I know that Joseph Smith, the boy prophet, restored the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth because he had a simple question and entered a grove of sacred trees to seek the answer. I know that President Thomas S. Monson is the prophet on the earth today and that he is a modern day seer and revelator. I know that Jesus is the Christ. "Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of His great power, and of His mercy, and of His long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel" (Alma 26:16, Book of Mormon). And I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

On a typical morning, I wake up early to attend a spiritually edifying class about scripture and prophetic word. I then go to school to gain knowledge secularly. In the afternoon, I play sports and work out at the athletic club near my home, for physical growth. I hope to stand in holy places. I desire to be a little better, every day. I desire to do this because I know that I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father, who loves me and I love Him. I live the gospel of Jesus Christ by seeking for the truth, praying, reading the scriptures, listening to the prophet's voice, and then sharing the gospel with others. I live the gospel by working for my family's history and temple ordinances and by singing in my ward's choir. I live the gospel by meeting with other young women and learning from them. I try to live in a way that is pleasing unto my Father in Heaven and know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I can return to Them happily, one day. I try to speak kind words to others, I try to dress modestly, and I try to choose righteously in all things. I wear a silver band on my finger with three letters raised in black ink. The ink tells me to Choose The Right. And I try to. I know that I am "eternally indebted to [my] Heavenly Father, to render to Him all that [I] have and [am]" (Mosiah 2:34, Book of Mormon). I stand as a witness of Him.