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Hi I'm Kayla Ashley Rider

I am a cheerleader, lacrosse player, student, lover, a convert to the church and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a home with a father, mother and a younger brother. I had a normal childhood for the most part. I was a cheerleader for 10 years, played lacrosse for 2 and on the side I love to sing! Singing was always how I truly expressed myself! I love sports, especially a good football game. My parents worked full time for most of my life so my brother and I relied mainly on each other. I can honestly say he was and is my best friend. My parents divorced when I was a sophomore in high school. They have both now remarried and seem to be very happy. I have 4 new sisters who I could not imagine not having in my life now that they are apart of it. I have been attending college where I met my now Husband. We are so excited to see where life takes us on this new journey. We know that through God all things are possible.

Why I am a Mormon

As far back as I can remember my parents always struggled with their marriage. My parents divorced when I was 16. When they did separate, I was dragged between not only two different homes but also two different churches. I never understood why we would always "church hoop". We would pick a church based on whether or not we liked the music or the speaker or even the over all building. I never felt as if it was actually bringing me closer to God. I met a young man at the end of my senior year that told me he was a member of the church of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons). After weeks of him begging me to come to church, I finally said yes. I was so nervous because I had heard so many awful things about the Mormons and I was very against them. When I walked into the building and then into the meeting room where sacrament was held, I felt an over whelming sense of peace that I had never felt anywhere before. I sat back and let it all stink in. I felt such a pure and sweet spirit and I knew God was there. I had never felt him so close to me in my life before. After that day, I attended the Mormon Church for the next 8 months. In this time, I asked lots of questions and read the Book of Mormon. I was baptized 9 months after that first Sunday in my senior year of high school. I began attending Brigham Young University-Idaho that fall for college where I met my now husband. I have never been happier or know anything to be so true in my life. I know it is the one True church!

How I live my faith

Since joining the church I have had many new things happen in my life. I have had the opportunity to be a good example to my family who all judges me for my choice to join the Mormon Church. I have been trying to this the best way that I can by just living a Christ like life. None of my family is Mormon. At times, I used to feel alone because my family did not agree with my faith however, now that I am married I am able to always feel comforted. When I am at church I am apart of my own mini family as well as with my Husband. I always feel so welcomed and apart of something larger than myself. For a long time, I was in called to be the Ward Music Director. I was so scared because when I received this calling I was new to the church and did not know the hymns very well and now I was expected to lead them every week in church! For the next 6 months, I studied the hymns to better familiarize myself with them. By the end of my calling, I felt so strong with the hymns. I love music. I know now that God knew that putting me in this calling would help me to better connect to the hymns in a way that I did not think I would have ever been able to do other wise. I have also helped bring others to church and I have been able to watch them grow in their testimonies. It is such a beautiful thing to watch. I love this church and I know it is the one and only true restored church on this earth!