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Hi I'm Kyra

I recently graduated in math and electrical engineering. I love to play piano. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from college with a double major in electrical engineering and math. I then obtained a masters degree in electrical engineering. I am married to the man of my dreams, and we have a beautiful baby boy. I enjoy hiking, reading, singing, doing math problems in my head, spending time with family, and playing piano. I particularly enjoy making up songs on the spot (both for voice and piano) and have written a few songs over the years.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I found out for myself that it is true. I have read the Book of Mormon and I know that it really is a holy book, and that if we follow the teachings in the book, we will be blessed and lead happy lives.

How I live my faith

I think one of the greatest blessings of being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is how it has given me opportunities for service that I might not have sought out otherwise. For example, within my congregation, I am given the opportunity to "visit teach" two other women. My companion and I visit them at least once a month and share a spiritual thought as well as see how they are doing. I also have the opportunity to help out with music. My husband and I have been in charge of conducting a choir in our congregation. We also organize all the music for Sacrament Meeting and arrange musical numbers. This has helped improve my organizational skills, but more importantly, it has been a blessing for the members of the congregation who get to participate in and listen to the beautiful music shared each week. I also try to live my faith by keeping the commandments. For example, I read the scriptures daily, pray a few times a day, attend church each week, and attend the temple often. Although none of these activities takes too much time, they help me be happier, kinder, and stronger for when trials come.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Kyra
Even though I haven't been married very long, I've learned quite a bit over the past few months. One thing that I learned that surprised me was how easy it is to be selfish and thoughtless. As I have become more aware of all my shortcomings, I have become so grateful for Jesus Christ's Atonement. If I make a mistake -- if I hurt my husband's feelings, or overreact, or just do less than I know I should -- I can move on. I can become better. I have been a witness to the healing power that comes when I pray to my Heavenly Father and ask for His forgiveness. So in marriage, like all other relationships, the key is to keep on trying to be better. It would be nice to be perfect, but we don't have to be because Jesus Christ already paid for our sins. Through Him, we can let go of our old mistakes and change so that we never want to act like that again. We can feel His love and learn how to share it with those around us. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Kyra
In order to show respect and love toward God, we try to keep the temples as clean as possible. This includes physically clean, but it also includes morally and spiritually clean. In order for someone to be worthy to enter such a holy place, they must meet certain standards which God Himself has set forth. These include baptism into His church, which is why only Mormons enter temples. Other standards are that we must be chaste (no sexual relations before marriage and complete fidelity to one's spouse after marriage), being honest with fellowmen, and paying tithing. In the temple, we learn about all the amazing and wonderful blessings Heavenly Father has prepared for us. We learn more about why it is so important that Jesus Christ died for us. We learn about what we need to do to obtain the blessings that are prepared for us, and we promise to keep His commandments. After we go to the temple for ourselves, we go back so that people who have passed on can receive those blessings too by us acting as proxies for them. The reason that we don't talk much about specifics is that we want to keep the temple separate from the world. It's not that what we do is secret --- everything has its roots in the scriptures, including the Bible --- but it is very holy. Just as we show our respect toward God by not entering into the temple unless we are clean, we also show our respect by not taking the pure truths of the temple out into the world. Show more Show less