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Hi I'm Ayla

I grew up a U.S. military brat. I'm a swim coach and full-time student. I love surfing and playing ukulele AND I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up my father was in the military so my family moved around quite a bit. There are definitely downs to leaving behind friends and family, but I loved each new experience and saw it as an adventure to be had. I was born in England, moved to Georgia, 5 different cities in Washington state, Germany, North Carolina, and went to college in Hawaii. Now at 19 years-old, I'm leaving to the Philippines to serve an 18-month mission for the LDS church, and afterwards I'll return to finish my schooling in Hawaii. Then I'm on to more adventures! I like listening to music: indie rock/pop, alternative, easy listening, reggae, Hawaiian pop/reggae, island, country, classical, soul, R&B, oldies and so much more. As for my own musical endeavors, I play ukulele and sing. I do it for the love of it and mostly I just like to jam with friends, but occasionally I'll do some open mics or talent shows. I did open for artist Mindy Gledhill once though! Besides music I really love sports! I started young and played t-ball, softball, and basketball. I found my passion in the water at 9, swimming and at 18 fell in love with surfing. I am Level 1 USA Swim coach, and have coached children for over a year. I am majoring in International Cultural Studies, and minoring in Exercise Science-Coaching. I hope to work in other countries someday!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I believe it is Christ's established church here on the earth. Three of my four grandparents are converts to the church, and the other was raised a member. My grandparents raised my parents in the church, and my parents raised me in the church. I have been very privileged to have had the fullness of the gospel throughout my whole life. As members we believe in a process of self-verification to know the truthfulness for ourselves. Although I was raised a member, and baptized at age 8, I came to the know the truthfulness for myself at age 12. While reading The Book of Mormon, I knelt down and asked my Heavenly Father if what I was reading was true. I received my answer through an immense peaceful feeling, what I know to be confirmation from the Holy Spirit. Since then I have continued in the gospel. This is not to say I have been a perfect member, I myself have had times of weakness, but I can never deny the testimony I received as a 12 year-old girl. I have great love for my Savior and I know that through him we can be redeemed of our sins. My favorite hymn in the LDS hymn book is a song called "I Stand All Amazed." It is a song about our Savior and His atoning sacrifice. I connect deeply with this song because it is truly a wonderful and amazing thing our Savior did for us. I know this church is the restored church that Christ himself established here on the earth. I know that we have living prophets and apostles as they did in biblical times. I know The Book of Mormon is true and by reading it we can come closer to our Heavenly Father. I love Christ's gospel and I love being part of it!

How I live my faith

In the the LDS church as a young woman, I acted as a youth leader in my age groups and worked closely with some of the leadership of our congregation. We planned service projects, activities, and gospel firesides. While in college I was asked to serve as a family home evening (FHE) adviser for our young single adult ward (designated congregation.) Family home evening is a night during the week that families are to gather, sing, pray, talk about gospel principles, have an activity, and build relationships with each other. As young adults without families, my calling was also known as FHE Mom. I worked with another adviser who was "dad." I was able to plan many family home evening nights for groups of 40-60 young adults. I loved that calling, and I was able to learn and grow as a leader! Now I am preparing to serve the church as a full-time missionary in the Philippines speaking the Tagalog language. Right now I am studying to be able to teach others the gospel of Jesus Christ. Before entering the area in the Philippines that I am going to serve in. I will go to a missionary training center to further my study of Tagalog and the gospel.