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Hi I'm Kim

I was born and raised in Las Vegas Nevada, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

The main thing you need to know about me is that I still haven't figured out exactly what I'm doing with my life, and I think that that's okay. I am currently going to college to become a graphic designer, but I'm taking an 18 month break to serve the Lord in Morristown, New Jersey! I play tennis and Volleyball. I come from a large family and am the youngest of 8 kids. I was raised in an LDS home, but have come to find a love of the gospel that is all my own. Family is the most important thing in my life, I would do absolutely anything for members of my family. I really enjoy reading, especially books recommended by good friends. I'm a bit of a nerd, and would love to travel the world one day. the future scares me, but I've learned that it's best to take things one step at a time.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an LDS family, so going to church and participating was expected of me. However, as I reached my teen age years I realized I couldn't rely on my family's testimony forever. I had to pray and find out for myself if this is really what I wanted to believe in and affiliate myself with. I got discouraged really quickly when I wasn't receiving an answer and had a very difficult time with my decision. It wasn't until I decided to really look at how people I looked up to seek answers that I found why I was having such a hard time. I had been asking for a answer without waiting to actually hear one. from that point on whenever I prayed or read my scriptures I left time where I wasn't doing anything or thinking about anything, and that's where I found my answer. I came to realize what I was feeling. It wasn't a voice, or a huge epiphany, but simply noticing that doing these things made me happy and brought me peace. I started to notice how different I felt being in church verses being at school. I started to realize how peaceful and happy the gospel is, and I made the decision that that is what I wanted my life to be. Since those days my testimony has grown so much just because I made a choice to devote my life to God's will, no matter what it would be.

How I live my faith

I love going to church. no matter what ward you go to it always feel like your part of one big family. My last calling in the church is to help New Members feel welcome, and I tried to throw a party every month for all of the members to come meet some of the new people who recently moved in. I'm currently serving as a missionary for the church and preaching his Gospel in the Spanish language. In the past I served as a teacher in some of our Sunday School classes. I really love serving others in my community and finding places and people in my area who I can do service for. I always wish I did more for the church, but I'm growing and improving with each day. I pray every night and do my best to read the scriptures as often as possible. Doing things like this always makes me feel closer to the Lord, and fills me with a happiness that I have found anywhere else on earth.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Kim
When Jesus Christ was on the earth he established his church and gave the authority of the priesthood which he was given by God our Father to his 12 apostles. After he was crucified his apostles were cast out by the people, no one believed them and they were eventually all killed. with this came a great apostasy and the loss of priesthood authority. when Joseph Smith restored the Gospel he was given that authority John the Baptist and Peter, James, and John (apostles of Christ) when they came to him as angels. The reason having that power and authority is so important is because it is similar to God giving them permission to preform ordinances and miracles in his name. Our church has a direct line of authority that goes back to Jesus Christ and God the Father. The two divisions of this priesthood are the Aaronic Priesthood (which gives the ability to preach the gospel, and to baptize) and the Melchizedek (the higher priesthood which give the ability to preside over the church and preform all ordinances, including giving the gift of the Holy Ghost). When you are baptized it needs to be done by someone holding the proper authority otherwise it was not done in God's name. Our church is the same as the church that Jesus Christ established centuries ago, with the same priesthood authority. We baptize in the same way that Jesus was Baptized by John the baptist. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Kim
Families are important to the Mormon church because they are important to God. God created us in this specific way so that as we learn and grow we would have parents to guild us. Families in the Mormon church are ways that we love, serve, teach, and learn from one another. If a family follows the teachings of the Mormon church they become a strength for one another, a place to turn for comfort and love when times get difficult. families are not only central to God's plan but also to our society. When families are strong, people are strong, and life get better. While we can't change the family we were born into, we do have control over the family that we will have. We can choose to strengthen our families with good moral values, and provide a place of love and peace for our children. It is possible for every person to have a happy family, and after this life we can have the opportunity to live with them for forever. Show more Show less