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Hi I'm Kayla

I'm a cat lover, Harry Potter fanatic, notorious jokester, and a missionary in the Arizona Gilbert Mission. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was baptized on March 20th, 2011 and it was the best day of my life. Currently I'm going to school through the Pathways Program at Brigham Young University Idaho, and I'm majoring in education. My favorite thing to do is read, and I will read pretty much anything I can get my hands onto. I love animals, and nature itself fascinates me. I love my family and my friends; they mean the world to me. But most of all, I love being a Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

For the longest time, the last thing I ever wanted to be was a Mormon. Society's views of the church had really been engrained in me. I thought the church was weird and controlling. I got introduced to the church when I started dating a member when I was 17. We didn't talk much about his religion or faith, but he left for his mission and I was prepared to wait for him. Things went downhill after he left, and while he was gone I spiraled into a deep depression that crippled every aspect of my life. I stopped going to school. I stopped caring about everything. To be honest, I didn't want to live anymore. I remember praying to a God that I wasn't quite sure I believed in to just not let me wake up in the morning. Eventually I got in contact with my ex-boyfriend while he was serving, and I saw how happy he was serving. I saw his happiness, and I desired to have that for myself. I figured I had nothing left to lose, and went on Mormon.org and started chatting with a missionary named "Moroni". After a few months he convinced me to meet with the missionaries in my area. I am so grateful for the Elders that taught me. There is not a single doubt in my mind that they were sent to my area to bring me to Christ. I was very skittish about the gospel, and if they had gone about teaching me in any other way than they had, I would have bolted and never come back. But they taught me beautifully, and through them I learned of my Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ, and the tremendous love that they both have for me. This church and the knowledge of the truthfulness of this gospel has truly changed my life. I have thought about all those nights I have prayed to not wake up and how I thought those prayers went unanswered. I have come to realize that that isn't the case at all. I wasn't really praying not to wake up; I was praying to be saved. And that is what I got. This gospel has saved my life. I have an unshakeable testimony of this gospel. And that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith and testimony are the most precious things I possess. I live my faith everyday by striving to be the best disciple of Christ I can be. I do this by following His example in everything that I do. When someone treats me wrong or unfairly, I think about how Jesus would handle that situation and do unto others what He would do. When someone needs my help, I do the same. Christ was perfect in every way. He loves every one no matter what. To me, He is a perfect role model. Living my faith shows others how happy this gospel has made me, and I hope that they can see that and desire to have that same indescribable happiness that I am blessed with. I serve in my church as a teacher, and I love it so much. I teach primarily new converts and people who are interested in joining or learning more about our faith. I love teaching because it brings me closer to our Father in Heaven. I can truly feel Him directing me in what I should share and say, and how I should go about the lesson material. I love that through me, Heavenly Father can spread His love to all His children through the learning of His basic principles.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being Mormon is wonderful. There is no other thing I would rather be. To be honest, it's become so much apart of my core being that hearing that I'm a "Mormon" is a little strange. I'm me. Just me. A person who believes in Jesus Christ and has faith in him. A person who knows this gospel is true, and will stay true to it until the day she dies. A person who is striving to live the commandments everyday. That's just who I am. They are no longer two separate things. And I love it. I love being a member. This gospel brings me so much joy it is indescribable. I love being a Mormon!!! Show more Show less