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Hi I'm Kenzie

I was raised in the great state of Texas. I am an Art History student at BYU, I want to be a museum curator, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a University student studying Art History and I am preparing to serve an 18-month mission for the LDS church. I love art, culture, and learning new things about the world. When I get old and boring I want to me a museum curator, live in Paris, and travel the world. I recently chose to make Russian/Eastern European art of the Modern Period my area of emphasis in my study of Art History. I love writing and reading--especially the classics. But despite my love affair with all things scholastic, I adore music and the more artsy parts of life. My favorite pass-times include playing the guitar, ukulele, and banjo and singing. I love to goof around, be with family/friends, and cook and bake delicious food and treats. I love exercising and eating healthy, but I can also make a mean pie.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because being a Mormon makes me happy. It's as simple as that. The knowledge my religion gives me--that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me--makes all of the difference in my life. And the knowledge that, through Christ, I can become who my Heavenly Father wants me to be keeps me going. In general, I don't like to do things that don't make sense. And the LDS religions just makes sense. If it didn't, I wouldn't be a member. But the peace, hope, and joy that the gospel brings is genuine. And I know, through the Holy Spirit, that these feelings come from God because I choose to live his gospel each day.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church every Sunday in order to renew the promises I have made to God, to come closer to Christ, and to learn more about the gospel from others around me. Living my faith is mostly something I don't even realize that I am doing because it is such an important part of my life. My faith is reflected in both the small and large choices I make each day.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is great! I think a lot of the time the media and popular culture make Mormonism seem really bizarre, when, in actuality, it isn't. There are a lot of misconceptions about Mormonism that I believe wouldn't exist if we could all try to be a little more understanding. As a Mormon, I'm a pretty average university student who hangs out with friends, spends way too many hours studying in the library, and is spending my years as a twenty-something trying to figure out who I am. The only major difference between myself and other university students my age are my lifestyle choices, which I make because I love God and want to show Him my devotion. For example, I don't drink alcohol, coffee or tea. This isn't because I'm a major prude or I'm anti-fun. The reason why Mormons refrain from consuming these substances is because they can be addictive and can altar the way we connect with God. In addition, they are harmful to the body, one of the greatest gifts God has given us. Mormons choosing to not drink alcohol, coffee, tea, etc. is similar to other religious dietary restrictions. For example, some Hindus don't eat certain types of meat and some Jews choose to eat kosher foods. Mormons aren't much different. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes, yes, and yes! I love the Bible so much and I grew up on its stories just as other non-Mormon Christians have. I know the Bible is the word of God and the Book of Mormon and other religious books are not superior to it. The Book of Mormon just stands as another witness of Christ's divinity. If anything, the Book of Mormon strengthens and proves of the Bible's truthfulness. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, not all Mormons have to serve missions. And, contrary to popular belief, LDS missionaries are pretty normal! We're just kids who have chosen to go out into the world to share our beliefs. I am currently preparing to serve a mission. Another common misconception about Mormon missionaries is that we try to force our beliefs on other people. This is untrue. We just want to share the happiness of the gospel, which has enhanced our lives. And if someone doesn't want to hear our message, that's okay. An important part of the Mormon religion is agency, or the freedom to choose. If someone chooses to not listen to our message, we will not be offended because we respect their freedom. Show more Show less