Hi I'm Kylie
I was born and raised in Utah but had the privilege to attend Brigham Young University - Hawaii for four years where I received my BA in Secondary Education: English. I want to teach grades 7-9 but have put my career on hold to serve a mission. For 18 months, I will be working as a missionary in the New York, New York North Mission where I will be teaching in Mandarin - Chinese. I have always dreamed of speaking Mandarin, since I lived in Taiwan for six months, and am excited for the opportunity. I also hope to start culinary school when I return from my mission. I have a passion for food, wonderful people, books, and the great outdoors. I love surfing and swimming the most, but I love biking, hiking, and playing sports with my friends.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because nothing else has brought me this much happiness. I have explored other alternatives and have found only grief and misery. This Gospel helps me to be a better person, it teaches me how to love myself, and it gives me hope that this entire life has purpose. I have no doubt in my mind that Heavenly Father is real and that he is aware of my thoughts and the desires of my heart. I know that His son, Jesus Christ, lives after atoning for our sins so that we could all reach eternal glory. I love this Gospel, I love my God, and I love being a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints - a.k.a. Mormon.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
When Jesus Christ said to Love One Another, I decided that I must treat everyone as if they're my brothers and sisters. I try everyday to show them the love that I have for them the way I would my family. We're all in this together and everyone needs to be loved.
What is hope and what do you hope for?
Hope is the only thing that cannot be taken away from you without your consent. At times, it seems that all hope is lost. I know that when I am discouraged or sorrowful, I have a hard time hoping for things to get better. I feel like, it's at those times, that hope is the key to finding happiness again. This example might seem silly but, I feel like hope is lost whenever I go through a break-up. I mean, you get attached to this one person, you start to care for them deeply in your heart, and then just like that, it's over. I have always had a strong desire to get married, and whenever a relationship doesn't work out, I become super discouraged. I cry and eat horrendous amounts of ice-cream thinking that I'll never find someone to marry, until I rediscover that hope. I hope for a man who will love me as much as I love him. I hope for the opportunity to start a family. I hope for that moment when I'll know who it is I'm supposed to marry. With that hope, I find happiness again and the strength to continue on.
How I live my faith
I love my faith by striving each day to be more like Christ. He loved everyone, including those who despised him. I try my best to love those who I know are not very fond of me. I also do my best to live a lifestyle of health and moderation. Christ taught that we should take care of ourselves, and I believe this includes eating healthily, taking care of our bodies, and bridling our passions for things such as food, technology, and activity. I try my best to consume the right things, spend my time being productive instead of always spending time on the internet or with television shows, and to find entertainment and fun in wholesome activities that invite the spirit of the Lord and make me feel good inside.