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Hi I'm Kaylyn

I am a full time wife and mother. There is nothing else I would rather be doing. In my former career I was a Biology Teacher.

About Me

I am blessed to be a full time wife and mother of five children. I am also a botanist, professional educator, tennis player, and very untalented but improving piano player. I love being outdoors. Hiking, walking, or biking with my family is a favorite pastime of mine. I am very interested in gardening. A botany degree does little for the practical knowledge of growing plants, but I am working on changing that. I also like reading, especially American History and Juvenile fiction. Though US citizens, my family currently lives in Japan. I love Japan because of the wonderful Japanese people. The culture and it's people are largely respectful, gracious, hardworking, creative, and kind. It has been inspiring to see how they have taking care of each other following the recent disasters the country has experienced. Living in Japan has been an unforgettably wonderful experience for my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by parents who diligently taught me the doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am not a Mormon because of their conversion. The beautiful thing about this church is that you don't have to believe in what others tell you. Each person can know for themselves if the doctrine of the church is true. I remember my conversion as a child of 4 or 5. It is simple. I first knew God loved me. I knew I was important to him and that my choices could make a difference to others. I knew it pleased God when I helped and was kind to other people. I knew these things because of a feeling deep inside of me. It was the whispering of the Holy Ghost to my soul. I read the Book of Mormon for the first time when I was 9 years old. I didn't understand all of what I read, but I knew it was good and true. I felt that same feeling of love from God as I read it. By this time I had already had a personal witness by the Holy Ghost, a feeling in my soul as a heard the story of Joseph Smith's first vision, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that he did restore God's church to the earth. My personal testimony of all the tenants of the LDS Faith have grown piece by piece in a similar manner. I have a strong personal conviction that Jesus Christ leads this church through a living prophet, currently Thomas S. Monson. I know Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. Because I know these things through the spirit speaking to my soul I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

First I live my faith by doing my best to be close to God. I work on my relationship with Him every day. I kneel and pray to Him every morning and night. I talk to God during the day when I need help or feel especially grateful. I spend time each day reading scriptures so that I can know Him better. I listen through the day for promptings from Him and I look for ways to serve Him by helping others. Secondly I live my faith secondly by helping my children come to know God. I help them pray. We study scriptures as a family every morning before breakfast. My 5 children are all 10 and under so we only do a few verses, but we help them understand what the verses mean. I work to help my children know that God loves them and wants to help them. We kneel and pray together as a family morning and night as well. Thirdly I live my faith by helping others. It does not matter if they are inside or outside of my church. God expects us to love and serve each other. The opportunities are so wide and varied. Sometimes it is as simple as talking with someone who is lonely, or making cookies or a meal for someone who needs help. I also love to share my faith in God with others. I believe the knowledge I have of God makes me happy, and I want to share that Joy with other people so they can have it too.