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Hi I'm Kaija

I'm a full-time mother of four, two with special needs, a part-time dental hygienist, and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a mother of four, and a dental hygienist. The past few years I have also become a huge supporter of adoption and Down Syndrome. Growing up I always knew I wanted to go to college and get a degree, but I also wanted to get married and have a family, I was so thankful when President Hinckley encouraged young women to get an education. I love my career and the fact that I get to interact with so many different people, but being a mother is the most important job that I have. My family did not come the way I thought it would, two of our four children are adopted and both have Down Syndrome, but after going through the adoption process with both of them--each of which was completely different--I would not change the way the Lord has given me my family at all. Each of my four children is such a blessing and even though my life right now is driving to and from doctor's appointments and the different therapists they each see, I am so happy and feel so blessed to have the children that I have.

Why I am a Mormon

I am mormon because my family is the most important thing in the world to me and the knowledge that we are an eternal family, not just "til death do we part" is such a comfort to me. I know that I will be with my husband and children even after we die. I was blessed to be raised in the gospel and the teachings and doctrine of the gospel have always brought peace to me. I have read the book of mormon numerous times and each time I finish, the spirit testifies again of its truthfullness. I am mormon because I know I have a loving Heavenly Father who knows and cares about me individually and wants me to succeed. I have a Saviour who died and was resurrected so that I can repent when I make mistakes and be forgiven and most importanly, I can be resurrected when I die. I am mormon because I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the one true church that contains all of Christ's teachings here of the earth.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite quotes is, "“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” --Marianne Williamson Being a mormon affects every part of my life, it's not something that I do on Sunday's and then forget about the rest of the week. The knowledge that I have that we are all brothers and sisters and that Heavenly Father loves all of his children helps me to be more understanding and not so quick to judge others. I am so thankful that our church is so service oriented because through service, you learn to love.