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Hi I'm Kalliyan

I am a daughter, sister, BYU student, and soon-to-be missionary serving in the Cambodia, Phnom Penh mission!

About Me

I am the oldest of four children and love my family more than anything on this earth. My parents were both born in Cambodia, and came to America in the 80's during the Khmer Rouge war. They worked very hard to build a life from scratch here in the US, and I am proud of that part of my family history. Because of what my parents have done for me, I have the opportunity to attend BYU and major in electrical engineering. I am grateful for the life Heavenly Father blesses me with.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church, but I don't go because my parents force me to every Sunday. I go to learn (since, as you know, I love learning) and also to feel the Spirit. The Spirit is wonderful, and whenever I go to church, I feel its peace and a kind of relief I don't get anywhere else. I am a Mormon because I have prayed and, after a time, have received an answer. I have a testimony of the power of prayer and reading the scriptures. You can learn so much when you develop an obsession, like I have, to find an answer to your prayers through searching the scriptures and pondering their words. I know that I can always pray and ask Heavenly Father for help and comfort, because he's always there, ready to listen. I know that I will never, ever be alone in the world, because He will always be there for me. Death is not something to fear, because it is only another door that will lead me to live with my Heavenly Father, and because of the gospel I know I will be reunited with my family after this life. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Though I have no callings, I still continue to pray and search the scriptures. I follow the commandments and try to live a righteous life in order to set an example to others. Often my friends at school will ask me questions about my beliefs, knowing that I am a Mormon, and I will always answer as best as I can without confusing them. However, since I am horrible with words I find that what works best is to just show them my standards through my actions, and to never stoop down to the world's expectations to just "fit in", because the world's expectations are much, much lower than my Heavenly Father's. And you know what? People respect me for standing up for my own beliefs, because I am proud of who I am.