Hi I'm Kaitlyn
I'm a mom, a wife, a book worm, a blogger and I'm a Mormon.
One of my goals in life is to make it though with a smile. I've dealt with severe social anxiety, low self esteem, and all those other things that everyone in the world deals with, but we all manage to think we are the only ones experiencing it. Throughout everything in my life, I definitely characterize myself as an optimist. My mottos are always something along the lines of "if you don't laugh, you'll cry", "cheer up, it can always be worse!" and "come what may, and love it!" I feel I've been extraordinarily blessed. I have a wonderful family, and I am married to my absolute best friend. It may sound cliche, but that doesn't detract from the truthfulness of the statement. Our married life is not always peaches and cream, but whose is? If it were, it wouldn't be interesting! We've had more than our fair share of illness, financial difficulties and miscellaneous problems, but our attitude is to stick together and make it through side by side. We were married very young, I was 18, he was just barely 21, and my dad told us that much like he and my mother, who'd also married young, we'd be growing up together. It was a simple statement, but one that carried a lot of weight. One of my favorite quotes is this "The only true knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing." We went into everything with the attitude that we had a lot to learn and we'd learn it together. It's been wonderful. I consider my children and my marriage my greatest accomplishment.
Why I am a Mormon
I was blessed to grow up in the church. I grew up understanding that my standards were not fences holding me in, rather guardrails to keep me safe. I was encouraged to not be a follower-to develop my own testimony, to learn it for myself. I've heard many a cruel thing said about my church, but I pay it no mind because I have received a testimony in my heart. I have sincerely asked and the Lord has answered. Just like Joseph Smith went into a forest to pray, so have I prayed to know of a surety that this is the true gospel. The words of Joseph Smith echo in my heart, "I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it" I have never stopped praying for this knowledge. I don't think it should be a one time experience. One should ask daily for His assurance of His truth. It is really the only thing that can keep us afloat in the raging sea that is the modern world. It really saddens me when people think that we are mindless, conformists, following along blindly. Probably one of the greatest lessons I try to teach my daughters is to not be sheep. Don't follow the pack just because. I would encourage everyone to thoughtfully pray about the gospel, let the Lord tell you for himself. He loves each and everyone of us and wants to impart the truth, but we have to first seek him out. "Seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you." I have been though some difficult times in my life. Gut wrenching times. Times where I felt the darkness all around me. I've felt the bitterness of feeling truly alone. Friendless. Hopeless. In the time of my deepest and most profound sorrow, I have found light in my savior Jesus Christ. I have felt his tangible presence in my life. The joy I have received from his comfort is such that I cannot adequately express in words. I plead with you, that if you are lost, seek and ye shall find. This is my testimony. I know it is true. I know it, and I know that God knows it, and I cannot deny it.
How I live my faith
I do my all to live my faith by being an example every where I go. I am so far from perfect it is laughable, but I can honestly say I am doing my best. I do my best to follow the example of my Savior Jesus Christ and be an example to my dear daughters. I do my best to be a good example to my husband, and he with me. I am also a blogger, and do my best to be an example over all those I reach over the internet. I consider it a privilege to be able to reach out to so many people in diverse locations, and show them that one can live in this crazy world and still maintain one's standards and enjoy a life of peace, joy and laughter. I love the calling I hold within the church, which is to be a member of the Compassionate Services Committee. That means I get to help people when they are down, be it by providing meals, service, babysitting, whatever is needed. It is a wonderful feeling to have the opportunity, on a regular basis, to serve my fellow man. It really helps me to get into the mindset of the Savior. He spent his whole life ministering unto the ill, the mourning, the infirm. I consider it such a blessing, an opportunity I truly treasure.