My name is Kim Day
Occupation: CEO of the Day family
Favorite Food: North Shore Tacos’ Pork Burrito
Hobbies: Surfing and swimming with my spirit animal–the dolphin
Favorite Scripture: Alma 37:43-46 “And now, my son, I would that ye should understand that these things are not without a shadow; for as our fathers were slothful to give heed to this compass (now these things were temporal) they did not prosper; even so it is with things which are spiritual. For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss, as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass, which would point unto them a straight course to the promised land.
I should have been born in Hawaii, even though I wasn’t. I love anything related to water, outdoors, nature, and basically not being inside. I love laughing and Excel spreadsheets. I love traveling. If I had a million dollars, I would spend it all on traveling with not one penny left in the bank. I love having weird and different experiences. And I love planning to be spontaneous.
I went to BYU and taught Middle School math for 3 years. I’ve been married for 20 years, have 4 kids–3 with me and a son who passed away. I’ve lived all over the place and have met lots of really cool people that I get to learn from. I love taking the best from all the people I meet and mashing it into myself.
What brings you the greatest happiness?
Watching my kids grow and being a part of their lives. I love being able to help them see that they’re a child a God and see them make choices in their lives that bring them closer to Christ and make them happy and successful people who recognized that the Gospel is what does that for them.
What strengthens your faith in Jesus Christ?
The Sunday School answers are really what strengthen my faith in Christ – saying my prayers, reading my scriptures, attending the temple. I love the scripture that says by small and simple things are great things brought to pass and I find that it’s the small and simple things that keep me on the straight and narrow.
How has one of your spiritual gifts/talents benefited your life?
I think one of my spiritual gifts is confidence. This gift has helped me become a better mother because I’ve helped teach my children to stand in their power, to help them recognize their talents and help them use their talents to benefit others. Because I have confidence, I teach my children to not be afraid to use the gifts that they’ve been given. When my children come across things that are scary, I’m teaching them to not to fear the challenges, but to tackle them head-on. So, don’t fear things, tackle things head on, and be who you were meant to be.
How do you know when you’ve received answers to prayer?
That’s a gazillion word-long answer, but the short answer is I’m at peace. When I’m the most troubled, it’s when I’m not listening to the Spirit. And when the Lord’s speaking to me and I’m listening, I have peace in my life.
Share your conversion story:
I did not grow up active in the church. My parents were baptized when I was 2 and I was baptized when I was 8, but I never went to church. When I was a freshman in high school, the missionaries tracted into our home. At the time, my mom disliked the Church but these missionaries were the right two missionaries for her and she actually let them in.
They started teaching our family. At that time, our family was in a dark place, but when the missionaries started teaching us, it brought light into our home instantly. We didn’t recognize the light as the Spirit, we just thought it was the missionaries. But, they taught us the light we noticed was the Spirit. I felt the Savior’s love for the first time in my life and I’ve been going to church ever since.
What are ways you share and live the Gospel with your family or others around you?
I wear BYU t-shirts and gear. I’ve had more missionary experiences through wearing BYU paraphernalia than anything else.
A lot of times people just ask me why I’m so happy. That’s the other conversation piece that tends to lead towards the church.
In my daily conversations, I use Mormon terms—like Mutual (girls camp) and Relief Society and visiting teaching. People ask questions about those things are, so I get to talk about the Church, activities, and my callings.
What is your hope/wish/prayer for all women throughout the world?
That women can stand in their power. I think women have so much to offer the world and they don’t recognize it or they downplay it. But women have the opportunity to change children’s lives, families’ lives. By being the nurturers and the caregivers, they are building the next generation of America. I hope they realize that and they stand in that and they want to lead in that way.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
My children are my greatest accomplishment—and I can’t even take credit for them. I never wanted to be a mom. Motherhood was never one of my goals in life. Not growing up in the church, I wanted to have a high-powered career that made a lot of money and brought a lot of pride and worldly success.
So having children was shocking to me in how much I loved being a mom, watching my kids grow, and how much joy they’ve brought to me through their accomplishments and what they’re becoming. And so not wanting that is shocking to me now because I can’t imagine anything greater than being a mom. Definitely one of my greatest accomplishments.
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have moved 64 times and have not tired of experiencing this beautiful earth! I love the people, languages, histories/anthropologies, & especially religious cultures of the world. My life long passion is the study & searching out of religious symbolism, specifically related to ancient & modern temples. My husband Anthony and I love our bulldog Stig, adventures, traveling, movies, motorcycling, and time with friends and family.