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Hi I'm Kira

I'm a criminology student at the University of Maryland. I'm a world traveler and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Happy Valley, Utah. I've had the church my whole life thanks to my dad going on an LDS mission to South Africa where he met and introduced my mom to the church. My dad instilled in me a passion for waterskiing while my mom taught me to be curious about the world and inquire into other cultures. The last year of my life I've spent studying abroad in London for a semester and attending the University of Maryland near Washington DC all while preparing to go on my own mission to Brasilia, Brazil.

Why I am a Mormon

I have had many powerful spiritual experiences in my life and the accumulation of those moments is why I'm a Mormon. I've felt my Savior at my side when I feel alone or afraid, my heart become full and at peace when it is troubled as well as seen my prayers answered. I don't know a whole lot of facts or history but I know what I feel and that is undeniable. Nothing bad could feel as good as this gospel makes me feel. Knowing my Father in Heaven knows me personally, watches out for me and will always give me aid in my times of need comforts me more than anything. Being able to spend eternity with my family and have the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit throughout my life is something only this gospel gives.

How I live my faith

Growing up in Utah where the majority of my peers were Mormon, I never knew what it meant to really live my faith. I always attended church meetings and youth activities as well as seminary and felt the spirit in my heart. However, when I left Utah and moved to England and then D.C I wasn't just living the gospel as social protocol anymore but standing alone for my beliefs for the first time. I had to be different by clinging to what I knew was right. It was hard sometimes but as I was interviewed to go be a missionary, and eventually received my call to serve, I realized my faith had been tested to enable me to feel confident enough to serve a mission. I know that in 4 days I will leave my family for a period of 18 months in order to help others be with their families for eternity.