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Hi I'm Kira Thompson

I'm a nerd, a runner, and a musician, as well as a self-proclaimed comedian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I essentially grew up in Utah, and have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for my entire life. I am currently a college student studying electrical engineering, taking a brief leave of absence to serve as a missionary in Arizona. As a child of divorced parents, most of my childhood was spent floating back and forth between Mom's place and Dad's place; all things considered, life was good. I ran track and cross country in high school (and I was mediocre at best, but I still loved it). I play the viola (rather poorly, I'm ashamed to admit) and I have a quirky sense of humor with a particular fondness for jokes that are so unfunny they're funny again. I'm also convinced that I am the most hilarious person on the planet, although, generally speaking, I'm the only one laughing at my jokes. I may be sarcastic a lot, but I assure you I truly have a blessed and happy life.

Why I am a Mormon

Having been brought up in the gospel, I don't have a specific moment of conversion -- no large and miraculous events, no visions or heavenly visitors. Rather, I have gained an understanding a little bit at a time. Throughout my life, I've found little pieces of testimony -- pieces that form the puzzle that is my understanding of why I am on earth, why I am here for such a time as this. Through scripture study, I have learned that God teaches me through personal revelation. By attending church weekly and partaking of the sacrament, I have found greater understanding and appreciation for Jesus Christ and His Atonement. Through prayer and repentance, I have felt God's unending and unconditional love for me, as well as the support of my Savior in difficult times. Through temple attendance, I have found a spiritual peace I have yet to find anywhere else. I know Jesus Christ loves me -- he loves each of us. He knows me, and he knows what pains I suffer as consequences of sins, or from difficulty in family relationships, or resulting from mental illnesses I've struggled for years with. I know that Jesus has redeemed my soul, making it possible for me to return to my Heavenly Father. I strive to be like Him, and He gives me the strength I need to make up for what I lack on my own. God is in the details of our lives, an Almighty God who loves us and directs us to people and experiences we need in order to grow. It can be hard for me to trust in the Lord's timing when things get difficult, but turning to Him and keeping an eternal perspective makes it a bit easier. With time and with work and with the Savior, wounds can be healed. No matter how distressed I may feel, no matter how proud my heart is, no matter how much I don't want to be helped, He is there. His hand is stretched out still -- to me, and to all of us. He is ready to lift our burdens. All we need to do is reach out to our loving Savior and let him walk with us through both the good and the bad in mortality.

How I live my faith

When it comes to formal callings, I have had assignments pertaining to planning weekly activities and conducting Sunday meetings with the young women in the ward (ages 12-18). I felt my purpose in such a calling was to reach out to girls who were new to the Young Women program, to help others enjoy wholesome fun and learning, to do everything in my power to help people feel included, and to live as an example of one who follows Christ's teachings. I've also had the opportunity to visit the homes of members of my faith to share spiritual thoughts and discuss our testimonies of the gospel. Though I am by no means a perfect teacher or a perfect leader, but God has helped me to make the most of my time and abilities so that my life can be blessed by the work I put into my callings.