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Hi I'm Kaci

I was born in California. I've lived in many different cities. I love the piano and cooking. I currently reside in Arizona.

About Me

I was born into a family of all girls. I'm the 2nd oldest of 4. It was quite loud in our house growing up; Always fighting over clothes and whose turn it was to use the bathroom. My mom raised us in the Mormon Church, having had been baptized at age 17. My dad, however, was not a member of the church almost my entire childhood. It wasn't until my parents divorced when I was a teenager, that my dad then felt a strong need to draw near to God and become a baptized member of the Church of Jesus Christ. My parents ironically re-married and were sealed to eachother in the LDS San Diego Temple. After which, we had a beautiful experience finally being able to all be sealed as a family for all eternity in the Holy Temple. Shortly after highschool graduation, I attended culinary school in Alaska and New York. I then spent some time working in fine dining restaurants, learning to cook under some tough chefs. I served an 18 month mission for the LDS Church to Argentina, and learned to speak Spanish and eat lots of yummy empanadas and "milanesa de carne". I've also worked many years as a professional nanny to various private families, whom have blessed me immensely with their fun-loving kids and luxurious vacation destinations. I currently enjoy composing music for the Mormon Church, and hope to obtain a music degree in the future. I enjoy spending time with my husband, and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I continue to find the strength and hope that I need to help me get through all of my life's challenges. Last year we were blessed with our first son; A beautiful, perfect, healthy baby. At one week old, we noticed he had a fever, and rushed him to the hospital. He only became more ill every day. None of the doctors knew why he was so sick with a horrible pneumonia, or where he could have gotten it. We continued to have faith in the doctors and faith in God that everything would be okay. As he only grew more and more ill, we finally received the underlining cause as to why he wasn't getting better despite excellent care: He was born with a rare genetic disorder called Chronic Granulomatous Disease. This very rare, "1 in a million" disease was hampering his ability to fight the yeast infection that had attacked his lungs. But by the time we received the proper diagnosis, it was too late. He was too sick. All of his little organs were shutting down. He had already been fighting strong for 3 weeks, and we knew that it was now time to let him go back home to his Heavenly Father who was waiting for him. It was a very hard choice to let him go, but because of our faith in Jesus Christ, we knew that in the end, all things would be okay. We believed in the plan of God--the plan that He presented to us before we came here to Earth. We knew before we came here to Earth, that this life would be hard at times, but we knew that it would all be worth it in the end. We believed that it was the right choice and that we would be able to see our son again if we continued to live our lives faithfully until the very end. I pray continually to receieve strength from God that I will be able to endure all of my trials. I have faith that God is always there for us when we call upon Him. I find peace by reading the scriptures and also by attending my church meetings. I continue to have hope in the Savior and in His infinite atonement.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to be an example of Jesus Christ. This isn't always easy--especially when I'm tired and cranky! However, I find that doing the little things each and every day help me to stay on the path that will lead me to happiness. I serve in my congregation as a sunday school teacher. I find this responsibility to be very challenging. At times, I feel like I need to know everything about the scriptures before I can properly teach about them to other people. But I know that as long as I do my part by studying diligently, and praying to know what I need to teach, then God will do the rest and help me give a meaningful, heartfelt lesson. My entire purpose of my class is to help others come unto Christ by having a desire to change--even just one little thing in their life that isn't in accordance with the teachings of the Savior. I also have a very strong love of the sacred hymns we sing and perform in the Mormon Church. I have played the piano most of my life, and enjoy very much arranging the hymns that are so familiar to many of us that have attended the church for many years. I truly believe that the Spirit of God is felt very powerfuly through this beautiful music, and that we can use wholesome songs to our bennefit to overcome evil influences or temptations in our lives. Because of my musical talents, I've had some amazing oportunities to write music specifically for the youth in the church. Being able to watch a large choir of teenagers sing praises to the Almighty God strengthen my testimony and help me to make choices that will only bring me everlasting happiness. I am indeed grateful for all that the Mormon Church has to offer including: warm friendships, a place to worship, classes where new skills are taught on a regular basis, a bishop who is always there to give counsel when needed, and continual opportunities for teaching and growth.