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Hi I'm Kayla

I am a wife. I am a mother of young children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have a wonderful husband and three little girls. The best part of every day is spending time with them, and making memories as a family! I enjoy cooking. I like to try lots of new recipes, and then I take the best ones and add them to my recipe blog. I finished a medical transcription course, and eventually hope to work from home. I enjoy writing, although life doesn't afford much time for it right now. In the future, I would love to travel the world!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church, but there was a point in my teen years when I realized I needed to really know for myself if I was being taught the truth. The Book of Mormon gives a promise that "if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." (Moroni 10:4) I cannot count the number of times the Spirit has brought peace to my heart as I have studied and pondered the gospel, as proclaimed in the Bible and Book of Mormon. I cannot count the times my Father in Heaven has expressed His love and care for me, or to "be still and know that (He) is God." (Psalms 46:10) The scriptures have been the foundation of my testimony of Jesus Christ. They have led me to know him better, to appreciate the perfect life he lived and sacrificed for us. The scriptures have been especially helpful as I have struggled with depression and anxiety. I know there is no real peace, except from God. As Christ said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:7) I have also found peace through service in the temple, and through receiving blessings from those who hold the priesthood. My faith is strengthened by weekly Sabbath day meetings, particularly by taking the Sacrament. Everything points me to Christ, who is my Savior and Redeemer. My love for Him grows as I follow His commandments in faith. I know that He knows each of us, and is with us during our trials. He wants us to become the best and strongest we can be by using His Atonement. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want us each to live with Them again, and I know it is possible, because of Christ.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church gives so many opportunities for learning and growth through service. I have been able to teach small children on Sundays and help them to learn very basic principles such as the creation, prayer, and who Christ is. I have also taught teenage girls on Sundays, and have been able to answer questions and guide them to know right from wrong and make correct choices. I have also been able to participate in their weekly activities, which are available to give them positive interaction with other teens, find and strengthen talents, give them a support group, and strengthen their testimonies. I am also able to visit with women in our congregation on a monthly basis, and it has been wonderful to get to know them, and to give any service that they may need. We all try to look out for each other, and try to be of assistance whenever possible. My husband was out of town for work for a couple of months, and the members of the congregation were very willing to mow my lawn, care for my kids, cook meals, or anything else I might need. Each congregation has a wonderful network of support, and through it, we are able to be God's hands.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Kayla
It is a duty of the men who hold the Priesthood to serve a mission and share Christ's teachings and the blessings of the gospel with everyone. As a woman, I was not required to serve a mission. I chose to after my older sister returned from her mission, and I was impressed by experiences she shared. I served in Tucson, Arizona (USA) for 18 months. I learned so much about the love that our Savior has for each of us individually. He lived, suffered, died, and was resurrected so that each and every person can be saved and live with Him forever. It was humbling to see how His teachings lifted those who felt hopeless and lost. I realized how much those same teachings had enriched and strengthened me. It was such a blessing to have the opportunity to serve! It has blessed me as a wife and mother every day. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Kayla
Psalms 24:3-4 says, "Who shall ascend to the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, ,and a pure heart..." During this life on Earth, we are to improve ourselves, and become more like God. We should strengthen our weaknesses and work to develop attributes of Christ (faith, hope, charity, etc). In part, the temple gives us a reminder and reason to work and keep God's high standards of living. Alma 7:21 says, "And he doth not dwell in unholy temples; neither can filthiness or anything which is unclean be received into the kingdom of God..." By keeping ourselves worthy to enter and serve in the temple, we are better preparing ourselves to live with God. Temples are not secret; they are sacred. Because they are set apart from the busy, noisy, and evil things of the world, we are able to feel the Spirit stronger. In them, we can more easily receive answers to our prayers and peace in our trials. They are meant as sanctuaries for all. In the temple, we change into white clothes, which symbolizes cleanliness and purity, and becomes an equalizer. I think it must be a little like heaven, where we don't see anyone as better or more important than anyone else. I know that is how God sees us all. One of the ordinances we perform is baptism for those who have died. Christ said, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:5) I am grateful for a loving God who gives this opportunity to all. Show more Show less