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Hi I'm Kylie

I'm a kiwi, a wife, and mother of four. I'm a Historian. I'm bi-lingual. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was lucky enough to be born and raised on the outskirts of Wellington, in stunning Aotearoa, New Zealand. I am blessed with a gorgeous family, a loving husband, a beautiful daughter and three vibrant sons. We love to travel and go for walks along the river. I consider being a SAHM a real blessing. I’m a lover of world History, fine arts, photography, music, languages and learning about different cultures and religions. I have a Bachelors Degree in History and Pacific Studies from Victoria University and have touched on other subjects such as Anthropology, Psychology, Classical Studies, Spanish, Maori and Rarotongan. I learned Tagalog (Filipino) as a missionary. I love meeting new people and finding out their stories. I am fascinated by the vastness of things such as the deep ocean and the night sky. I love to notice the beauty of life and I feel close to God when I take time to appreciate His creations. My dream is to travel and create a photographic journal of as much of this beauty as possible.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because in my youth, I had questions about life and I found the answers were embedded in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I began a personal study of the gospel at age 13, and after two years of learning and being taught by the missionaries, I decided to commit my life to living the gospel, beginning with receiving baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. I am still learning each and every day. I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides all of the necessary teachings and ordinances we will ever need in order to live with God again. In essence, it has the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Since joining the church I have learned that applying the principles of the gospel takes practice and a lot of patience. I've also learned that our God is with us and wants us to succeed. I know He is with me when I put my trust in Him and in His son Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Living my faith requires a daily effort and is a life long endeavour. It is centred on a belief that God has a plan for us, that we are here to learn and grow from our earthly experience and that the life of Jesus Christ is something we can pattern our own lives after. Daily personal prayer, scripture study, attending and serving in church wherever possible are just a few ways that help me to learn and understand Gods purpose for me and for my family. Serving others helps us better understand the life of Jesus Christ, who spent his days doing good to others. When I experience something painful or difficult in life, I try to remember that Jesus Christ felt that pain for me when he atoned in the garden of Gethsemane. There is peace and hope in knowing that the price for our sorrows has already been paid by a loving Saviour and it allows me to carry on despite the trials that I face. Knowing the healing power of the atonement and having felt my burdens being lifted, makes me want to share this gift with others and is something that brings me such happiness. I live my faith by learning about Jesus and sharing the gift of his love with others.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Kylie
The money given as tithing helps to physically build Gods kingdom on earth. The churches and temples where Mormons gather are paid for by tithing as well as certain resources (such as books etc) needed to teach and support the members and wider community. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Kylie
To serve a mission, no. To share the gospel, yes. Young adult men and women who fit the criteria, from ages 18(men) and 19(women) have an opportunity to take what they know to be true into the world and share it with others. Older couples and single women may also serve if they wish. A strong testimony is requisite for serving a mission. I believe that any person who is truly converted will have a natural desire share the gospel with any and everyone they meet, regardless of whether they are able to serve a mission or not. Show more Show less