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Hi I'm Layna

I love to laugh, sing, learn, and help people out. I'll soon be serving a full-time mission to Chile, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Hello, I'm Layna. I was raised in Utah Valley, the oldest of 7 children. Music has always been a huge part of my life, and I've spent the past 10 years studying voice, piano, dance, and some violin. I'd like to tackle the guitar next, but that'll have to wait for 18 months from now.:) I spent the past year at Utah State University studying music. I currently work as a CNA and love what I do. I've spent a lot of time being a hospice aide these past few months, and it has been a life-changing experience. During high school, I taught music lessons to children, ages ranging from 6-16, and really enjoyed it. I now use my musical talents to volunteer at the Assisted Living where my great-grandmother lives, singing songs from Broadway Musicals and Operas, to the old classics, such as Gershwin, and timeless folk songs each week. I also love taking daily bike rides around the lovely area where I live, the small Utah town being surrounded with beautiful mountains and orchards. In just 4 short weeks, I'll be serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Concepcion, Chile! I can't wait!!!

Why I am a Mormon

My testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel has grown over the past twenty years into a firm faith and knowledge that I cannot deny. I'm still growing every day in the gospel, seeking to repent and change daily, but I know for sure that Heavenly Father loves me, that Jesus Christ atoned for my sins, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is, indeed, His restored church on the earth today. I believe in living prophets, and know that Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's present mouthpiece, and that revelation has not ceased, nor will it ever cease. Because I have searched the scriptures. pondered on the truths found therein, and prayed for a witness of the Lord's Spirit to confirm what I have learned, I know that this is His true church; I know it without doubt. I love the gospel, I love my Savior, and I love being a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I have a firm testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I try hard to always live the principles of it. I've served in many callings throughout my life. When I was ages 12-18, I served on Youth Presidencies for the Young Women, and also the Stake Youth Council. We planned many fun, spiritual, and memorable activities and experiences for the youth in our groups. While attending college, I played the piano for many of the meetings in my Young Single Adult Ward, and also served as a Ward Missionary and Class Instructor. I also love to serve in my community, and have participated in community musical events, service projects, and the 5K and 10K runs held throughout the years. I mentioned before also that I enjoy singing at Assisted Living centers, and using my musical talents to educate the young and uplift the elderly. I especially love to sing songs that testify of Christ and my love for Him. One of my favorite scriptures is Mosiah 18:9 when Alma teaches the people at the Waters of Mormon and exhorts them to "mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places." That is how I desire and how I try to live my faith every day; ever loving, serving, living happily, testifying of Christ, and standing as His witness is my quest, and I know that, through Him, I can achieve it.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Prayer is the way to find sure answers to all our questions, especially when wanting to know if the church is true. I have prayed many times throughout my life for a sure knowledge of the gospel, and as I have done my part to study it out, ask questions, and humbly and sincerely seek for truth, I have come to know for myself, by feelings of peace and surety that would come to my mind, that this is the Savior's true church on the earth today. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Our bodies house our spirits, and, without one or the other, we cannot receive a fulness of joy; thus, the body is very important. I have found that when I respect my body, by dressing modestly, being consistent in healthy habits, and abstaining from things and substances that would harm it, I am a happier, better person. When I take care of my body, I am better able to perform my mission here on earth. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Serving a mission is voluntary. Young men have a priesthood obligation to serve, but it is still their choice. I have chosen to serve a mission, and will leave in 4 weeks to Chile. I chose to serve a mission because of the desire I have to share full-time my testimony of the gospel with others. I know the gospel brings joy, clarity, and purpose to life, and is essential to happiness. I want to share the joyous message of the gospel with all people and this is why I have decided to serve a mission. Show more Show less