Hi I'm Kendra
Hi, I'm Kendra! I love to read books. My favorites are the Harry Potter Series and Pride and Prejudice. I love driving around and listening to music, especially songs where I can sing my heart out. I'm going to school to be a teacher. I spend my free time by making my friends and family laugh. Sometimes I'm silly and ridiculous. But as long as I'm with the people I love, I'm happy.
Why I am a Mormon
The Gospel has had such an impact on my life. I've been raised in the Church, but it wasn't until I was about 13 that I was truly converted. I always prayed silently that I could know that God was really there. One night I woke up from a really bad nightmare. I couldn't calm myself down. But a thought popped in my head that told me that if I prayed to my Heavenly Father, then He would help me feel better. I prayed out loud for the first time that night. Almost immediately, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace. I knew that God was really there. I felt for the first time that Heavenly Father really knows who I am, and that he loves me more than I can ever begin to understand.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
About two years ago, my family put my ailing grandpa in a nursing home where we were promised that the staff were properly trained to take care of him. A few days later, my grandpa wandered away from the nursing home and ended up falling down and breaking his hip. Less than a week later, my grandpa passed away. It was a huge struggle for my family to grasp that my grandpa was no longer with us. With the help from the Gospel, we have the faith that we will one day see my grandpa again, and he will not be sick or in pain like he was before he passed away. We live today with our memories of the fun times with him, and know that if we continue to do the right things, we can be with him again some day.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
I feel the Holy Ghost's influence every day of my life. He is one of the best teachers I have ever had. When I read my scriptures, I feel the Holy Ghost testify to me that what I am reading is true. But the Holy Ghost is not just a teacher to me; He is also a guide for me. I often feel his influence when I am faced with decisions or situations where I am not quite sure how to act. One particular situation the Holy Ghost has helped me with happened about 2 months ago. That day was a tough day for me. Nothing seemed to be going right. So I drove my car to sit in front of my local Temple and prayed that instead of feeling bad about myself, I would be able to focus on others and help them in any way I could. After I prayed, I wanted to sit in front of the Temple a little longer, but a thought came to my mind, almost like a voice, that I needed to return to my apartment right away. When I came home, I found out that my roommate needed to go to the Hospital, but could not take herself. With the help of my other roommate, we were able to take her to the Emergency Room. I am very grateful that the Holy Ghost was able to help me and influence me so that I could be there to help my roommate in her moment of need.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
The reason I feel a need to do genealogy work is because it connects me to family I didn't even know that I had. I don't do the work because I personally find it exciting; I do it because I don't want anyone to be forgotten. The people I find when I do family history work had real lives. They had strengths and struggles just like we do. I know if I were a person who had passed away, I would want someone to find me. I would want someone to remember that I really did live. I feel like when I do genealogy work, I really begin to understand just how many people have lived on this Earth, and each of them deserves the opportunity to be remembered by someone.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is a way for me to communicate with my Father in Heaven. When I pray, I tell my Heavenly Father about my hopes, fears, how my day is going, and so on. More often than not, I feel an overwhelming sense of peace after I pray. It is a way of showing my humility, because I am recognizing that I cannot do everything on my own. Sometimes I need help from God and I recognize that He has far more knowledge about what I should do in my life than I do. When I pray, I feel the love of my Heavenly Father. I know that He is listening to my prayers and that He wants me to do everything I can to return to live with Him.
How I live my faith
Because I know that my Heavenly Father loves me, I know that He wants me to live with Him again one day. So I try to do the things that He would want me to do. I go to church every Sunday so I can learn more about why I'm here on earth, and what I need to do to return to live in Heavenly Father's presence. I visit two women in the area where I live at least once a month to make sure they are doing well and read to them a little message from the leaders of the Church. I only met them a few months ago, but I already know that they are awesome ladies and I love visiting them. They aren't just an assignment on my to-do list: they are my friends.