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Hi I'm Kayla

I'm an intellectual. I like to sing and read. I like to serve others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Kayla. I am a left-brain thinker. I studied for three years at Brigham Young University in Utah before leaving it all behind to serve a mission for a year and a half. One thing I love is to volunteer at the local animal shelter and help walk dogs. I absolutely love animals, especially dogs, and that has a been an enjoyable hobby of mine. I also love to sing. I have sung in choir all throughout high school, and now I try to keep it up the best I can, whenever I have time. I love singing the Hymns of the Church. Singing is a prayer for me. It's something I only care if Heavenly Father understands and appreciates. I grew up in a house with 5 kids and both parents. We always had a lot of fun going on road trips and camping and doing things together. One of my favorite trips was going to summer camp every year, and some of my most cherished experiences have been volunteering as a counselor to help and serve the youth. I love studying the scriptures. Every time I am challenged, they have proven a great strength to me, and I know studying them has influenced everything good I do. I love studying Spanish, and that is another blessing that serving a mission has brought me - a chance to study and practice Spanish for the greatest cause on Earth. Being on a mission in Florida has been so perfect for me. There is always someone to share the gospel with. The sky looks like heaven and it is so beautiful all the time, like living in paradise. I am very privileged to be here.

Why I am a Mormon

My belief in Jesus Christ and desire to follow Him, and my testimony of the Book of Mormon are what make me a member of this church. I WAS born in the Church and my parents were always good examples of consistently going to Church every Sunday and always contributing fully to the Church in whatever they were asked to do. They would drive the three hours to the Portland temple once a month, which, when we were younger seemed like a really long way. Even when I didn't want to dress up, or when I wanted to sleep in, I knew we were always going to Church. This consistent example, as well as my parents' commitment to follow the Lord and obey Him, was really helpful for me in trying to find the right way. I know it's challenging, but I also know that there is no better way, and that we can only find true happiness through the example of Jesus Christ, and truly and faithfully seeking to live His example and follow Him. He was there to help me when I cried, to guide me through my difficulties, and to give me the inspiration to help me help others. I know He lives, and I have learned more about His ways and helping others in this Church than anywhere else on the whole Earth. There is no comparison. If you believe in Jesus Christ, you know this Church is true.

How I live my faith

Right now while serving a mission, that means spreading the gospel to others like you who may not have heard it yet. This takes a lot of courage and sacrifice, and I have found that I am tested and tried every day. There is always someone who needs a helping hand, a comforting word, or a bright smile. A scripture can soften the heart and a prayer can bring someone to tears. I have seen lives changed by this gospel and they don't regret it. I am learning and changing as well, and it has been the best thing I've ever done. Serving in Florida gives me a unique opportunity to get to know different cultures such as Jamaican, Haitian, Cuban, Nicaraguan, Dominican Republic, Egyptian, Guyanese, Chinese, Hindi, Jewish, Muslim, to name a few, plus the good old American South. My advice to you is to read the Book of Mormon and pray about whether or not it is true. Those who try this test and are truly searching for what God wants for them will find it there. It will come through a feeling of peace and quiet warmth, and that is how you will know God is there. I love the Book of Mormon and I know that it is something that is true and can really make a difference in your life. I also know that we have a living prophet on the Earth today, and it is because of him and his revelation from God that we can find truth and safety in this challenging time to be alive. His name is Thomas S. Monson, and if you listen to his words as well, he will direct you to God.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

La familia es importante porque es central de todas las cosas de Dios y tambien de la felicidad. La familia nos da ayuda, apoya y fortaleza cuando los necesitamos. Trabajar como una familia es la manera en que podemos tener lo mas exito y felicidad. Hay poder en la familia unida. English translation: The family is important because it is central to all things from God and happiness as well. Families give us help, support, and strength when we need it. Working as a family es the way that we can have the most success and happiness. In a united family there is power. Show more Show less