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Hi I'm Kayela.

I'm a native Las Vegan, I'm a redhead, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Las Vegas (Ok, Ok, technically Henderson, but some people might think that's in northern Nevada, which is an entirely different growing up experience.) but have never gambled. We went on third grade field trips to Caeser's Palace. I graduated from college a couple of times with theater degrees which means I'm a babysitter. I've got a 3 and 4 year old that I love playing with. I have 3 sisters, 2 brothers, 2 brother-in-laws, 1 nephew, and 2 extra brothers. My parents aren't ready to be empty nesters because they keep getting new teenagers when one graduates from high school, which is fine with me. I love getting new siblings. My mom loves traveling so I've been enough places to make it annoying if I list them. My goal is to travel to all the countries in the world that begin with an "I." I love books. Pretty much all books. Owning them, reading them, and sharing them with others.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because this is where I feel the love of Jesus Christ most strongly in my life. I grew up in the Church but when I was 20, I struggled to understand my own worth. People whom I had trusted had hurt me deeply and I didn't know how I could trust anyone to love me. That summer I decided to read the Book of Mormon all the way through for the first time. Every time I read, I felt the love of the Savior. Even if the stories were about war and betrayal, I knew that I had a Heavenly Father and a Savior who loved me completely and perfectly. Knowing that made everything else worthwhile. I'm a Mormon because I can't imagine creating a life without that relationship with God in it and being a Mormon helps me maintain and strengthen it.

How I live my faith

In The Book of Mormon musical (which I haven't seen but listened to on NPR and the title of which should be italicized but I don't know how to do it here), Elder Price starts to lose his faith and then reclaims it in the ballad, "I Believe." It lists some beliefs of our church and then concludes with this line, "Because I'm a Mormon and a Mormon just believes." While I know that it's meant to make fun of me and insinuate that I don't think through the issues and beliefs I espouse, I think they've inadvertently described one of the most beautiful parts of my faith. My ancestors just believed in their religion enough to cross the American continent, to build a city out of an Illinois swamp, and to keep walking after they'd buried a child in an unmarked grave. Even though my life is not nearly that dramatic, I still choose to just believe even when its hard and I don't want to. I just believe that teaching a lesson in Church on Sunday will possibly help someone. I just believe that showing up to my activities will enrich my life. I just believe that helping to take down or put up the 3,000th chair this month will be worth it. I live my faith by choosing to believe and serve every day.