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Hi I'm Kylie

I am a teacher, I like to surf and eat great food, and I love being a Mormon!

About Me

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 people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Mandarin - Chinese. I have always dreamed of speaking Mandarin, ever since I lived in Taiwan for six months. 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 family. I ADORE my family. I miss them terribly but make sure to contact them every week. I'm so grateful we will be together for eternity.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because nothing else has brought me this much happiness. I have explored other alternatives, which I admit gave me temporary pleasure, and have found only grief and misery from what society advocates. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has never been popular to the world, but the truth is hardly ever popular. I am happy because I constantly strive to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ. I have hope for a better future since I know where I come from, I know why I am here, and I know where I want to go, to live in my Heavenly Father's presence and to feel comfortable there. I have no doubt in my mind that Heavenly Father is real and that He is engaged in every detail of my life. I know that His son, Jesus Christ, lives and is the reason by which I can be relieved of guilt and suffering. I glory in the simplest of this Gospel, I glory in my God and my Jesus, and I love being a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints - a.k.a. Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be more like Christ and to realign myself with His teachings. In today's society, it is too easy to get distracted by things that don't matter, such as the Internet and mindlessly watching television. Jesus Christ teaches that we must live a lifestyle of health and moderation. 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 activities. I try my best to consume the right things, spend my time being productive with things that actually matter (like family, personal development, talents), and to find entertainment in wholesome activities that make me feel good inside. People my age often need alcohol, drugs, sex and parties to have fun, but there is so much more to life than these temporary pleasures. I have learned that doing poor things in poor ways, and to be satisfied with that, is to be vulgar. In order to avoid being vulgar, I avoid poor music, trashy novels, and cheap jokes. According to my understanding, we are all children of God and we are trying to be like our heavenly parents, who are exquisitely refined. In order to develop my spirituality, I seek after anything that is virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy. I know that the nearer I get to God, the more easily my spirit will be touched by refined and beautiful things. This is how I live my faith; seeking the beautiful and refined things of this mortal life.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

You know, I have always wondered that myself. In my mind, a cult is an unorthodox religion that has scary or harmful practices/rites. I have never been part of anything like that, and I have been a Mormon my entire life! In all honesty, Mormon's follow the teachings of Jesus Christ very closely. In the Bible and the Book of Mormon, Jesus Christ teaches us to live a higher law, to never be angry with our fellow-men, to avoid improper thoughts and actions, to support and sustain families, to be slow to offense and to love our enemies. I know many Christian denominations that believe in these same standards. I think the word "cult" got passed around and many people accept that without looking further into what Mormon's actually believe. It's funny, I actually really wanted to know what Muslim's believed in High-school, so I read tons of books about it and talked to people of that faith in order to learn. I would encourage anyone who wants to know what Mormon's believe to read what we believe in and to actually talk to us about it. We, in turn, will do our best to answer your questions. Show more Show less