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Hi I'm Kennedy

I grew up in St. George, Utah. I'm a dancer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's degree in Dance and a minor in math. I enjoy all types of dance including ballet, ballroom, social, folk, ethnic, hip hop, tap, and jazz, but contemporary is my favorite. I love the creative process and being able to see my ideas come to life in the form of dance. I love the athleticism of dance and I also enjoy all kinds of other physical activities. Math interests me because I love to figure out puzzles and problems. I'm also interested in cooking and baking. It is fun for me to be able to create things that other people will enjoy. I enjoy being in nature and seeing the beauty of the earth that is all around me. I play the piano and love listening to all types of music. Good music makes me feel alive and uplifted inside. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and I hope to be married and have my own family someday. I am currently a full-time missionary serving in Sweden.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and was baptized when I turned 8. I have always felt that going to church and living the gospel was the right thing to do, but as I grew to be a young adult I came to recognize the real importance of the gospel in my life. Going away to college and living on my own helped me to discover how much I needed to be close to my Heavenly Father and to feel his love for me. There were times when I felt very alone and unloved and the only thing that could help me out of those dark times was the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that through Him we can overcome all and do anything. The stress of college and the pressure of big decisions I have to make at this time in my life has brought me to know the reality of the Holy Ghost and that it brings comfort, peace, guidance, and a witness of truth. I have chosen to stay committed to keeping the covenants I made at baptism because that is how I can stay close to my Savior. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have many opportunities to learn of my Savior, feel my Heavenly Father's love, receive the blessings of the Holy Ghost, participate in the ordinances required for eternal life, and serve others.

How I live my faith

I attend a Young Single Adult ward in the church. We worship together on Sundays and help each other throughout the week to live our faith. I have served in many different positions in the church and several times I have served in presidencies of our organization for women. In these positions I helped plan Sunday meetings, weekday meetings, and I worked to bring the women closer to our Savior Jesus Christ. Service is also a large part of our faith and a specific goal of our organization for women. One of my favorite aspects of service is a program called visiting teaching. I am paired with another sister in the ward and we visit several other sisters at least once a month to meet their needs and discuss the gospel together. I have made many good friends this way. Serving as a teacher for our Sunday meetings has been a good learning experience for me. Through this I have gained confidence, greater knowledge of the gospel, and more faith in God. I also love to regularly serve in the Temple and feel the Spirit that is there. As a missionary I am devoting all of my time to helping the people of Sweden come unto Christ by receiving the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Kennedy
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began in Palmyra, New York with a young boy searching for truth. His name is Joseph Smith, and as a 14-year-old boy he was confused by all the competing churches of his day and wanted to know which church he should join. One spring morning in 1820 he went to a private grove of trees near his home and prayed sincerely for an answer. Our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ appeared to him and taught him that he should join none of the churches because the true Church of Jesus Christ was no longer on the earth. Joseph Smith was the chosen prophet to restore the Church of Jesus Christ. Little by little Joseph was taught by Heavenly messengers and prepared to organize the Church. He translated the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ, and organized the church on April 6, 1830. I believe that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I believe that God works through humble, sincere seekers of truth to carry out His great work on the earth. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Kennedy
We can increase our faith in Jesus Christ by reading the scriptures and living the principles that we read about. The scriptures teach us how to be like Christ and if we try to become more like Christ through our actions each day we will come to know that this is the right way to live and to have happiness. We can also pray and ask for more faith. Heavenly Father will help us by giving us good feelings from the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Kennedy
Our bodies are a gift from God so we should take care of them to show our appreciation to Him. Our bodies are called temples because they house our spirits. I have learned that how I take care of my body affects my performance as a dancer. Similarly, I know that how I take care of my body affects my spirit. For example, when I eat poorly, sleep too little, or get lazy about exercising I don't feel my best inside. I am not able to live the gospel or feel the spirit as well a I would like to. On the other hand when I follow the guidelines that God has given us in the Word of Wisdom I feel strength beyond my own to do the things the Lord has asked me to do. Show more Show less