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Hi I'm Kayla

I am a senior in college studying Elementary Education. I love cheese. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love college basketball, the Book of Mormon, reading, kids, teaching, and EFY. I'm an EFY counselor and love sharing the gospel with the youth of the church. I am also a senior in college. During the school year, I am an After School Club supervisor. I work with kids grades kindergarten through fifth grade. We are basically peer mentors for them as we help with homework and come up with fun meaningful activities to take up their time. I love to teach. I believe that in order to truly make a difference in this world, you need to influence/change the upcoming generation. I'm excited that this is my calling in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I've chosen to be a Mormon through careful study and thinking. I come from a prominent LDS background, but that doesn't mean I haven't striven for my own testimony. Going to a college far from my home, made me have to choose what I want to follow. I tried many other churches my freshman year, but always ended up coming back to the LDS religion. As time continued, I realized the draw of being LDS. It makes me happy. When I would do the things required of me; such as reading scriptures, going to church, participating in activities, and partaking of the sacrament I felt a change in me. I grew to yearn for the knowledge of the church. As I continued to fill this desire, a strong testimony took hold in my heart. I have come to know with unwavering faith and knowledge that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints through much sweat and hard labor. I will never go back, and know that I will believe and know forever. I know that the Book of Mormon is the true word and another testament of Jesus Christ. I know that there is modern day revelation through modern day prophets such as Joseph Smith and Thomas S. Monson. I know that the Atonement is real through my own experiences. I know that I am a child of God, and that my Heavenly Father knows who I am. Because I know who I am and where I come from, I know what's expected of me as a Daughter. I know this church is true through and through. Mormons do more than just believe, we live and know.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through a variety of ways. However, the most important to me is making my faith part of my daily routine. I love participating in church activities, teaching lessons, and having many gospel discussions. Prayer is also an important part of my daily routine. I am constantly praying to my Heavenly Father because I know he is there. I also know that he is listening. Another important part of my life, is EFY. This is a religious camp for LDS youth during the summer. Every week during the summer, I get a new group of kids. During that week, we focus on bringing the youth to Christ. However, I can testify that I have nothing to do with their conversion. They are worked upon by the Spirit of God, and begin to get a desire in them to know of the truth. I have seen many youth change their lives after EFY because they come to a knowledge of their Saviour's love for them. I also have the opportunity to come unto Christ during these weeks. I am constantly humbled by the impact of the Gospel, and the way it can change lives. I am also humbled to see the Lord's hands in everything we do. This is very noticeable at EFY as I get particular children that specifically need me or I need them. I believe that we are in places at certain times for a reason, and there is no such thing as coincidences.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

When we cover certain areas of our bodies, we are showing that we respect our bodies. Our bodies were a gift from God, and when we cover up we are showing our appreciation for this gift. When we choose not to be modest, a lot of times we will attract the wrong kind of crowd. Because we live in such a visual society, showing our bodies off can encourage a person to think we have different standards then we do. This can put people into difficult situations that can lead to chastity problems. I have noticed with myself, that certain boys will not bother me if I'm dressed modestly. The way we dress sends out a message to all those around us. Although it shouldn't matter, appearance is still vitally important in this day and age to how people categorize us. Taking care of this gift, means that we want to save it for the sacred physical intimacy between a man and woman. This should only be through marriage because it shows that we love God more than our physical selves. The best way to teach children, is to help them understand the principle of why. When they know why they are dressing modestly and how it relates to chastity, they are more likely to follow through with the principle. Show more Show less