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 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 has the Holy Ghost helped you?
Here's one of many experiences: it was my birthday and my friends and I decided to go and jump from Laie Point (a cliff on Oahu, Hawaii) into the ocean. I had done it hundreds of times before, so I wasn't worried about anything. However, very quickly our fun turned into a fight for our lives. The waves suddenly became very large and started rolling in very quickly. While my friends were on the rocks, and were being pounded by these merciless waves, I was in open water struggling to keep my head above the waves. I am an experienced swimmer, but I was scared. My options were few. I knew if I swam towards my friends, I would get slammed against the rocks too. I looked hopefully towards the shore, but it was pretty far away. I wasn't sure I could swim that far. I said a prayer and asked Heavenly Father to give me the strength to swim to the shore and to help my three friends find a way to safety. I began swimming forward when suddenly I had the impression to swim to the right, towards a giant boulder. I followed the clear but subtle feeling, unsure as to why I needed to swim to the right. In my mind, I needed to swim straight, towards the shore. Suddenly, my toes kicked against reef. I found myself standing! The reef was blanketed with seaweed so it didn't even cut my feet. Relieved, I was able to walk around the giant boulder and found my three friends standing safely behind the boulder, protected from the giant waves. We all climbed our way back up the cliff face and simply stood there. Although our experience was scary and life threatening, we all felt peace and gratitude. We felt something that day, and were led by a force that is inexpressible. I knew it was the Holy Ghost who helped save us all. He was the manifestation of God's hand in our lives.
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.