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Hi I'm Kylie Jo

I'm a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father, a student, a sister, a daughter, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into an LDS family, and for most of my childhood I lived on my parents testimony. As most kids I learned from the example of my parents, and tried to live the life they wanted me to. It wasn't until I was twelve that I really started to figure out that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints really is the true church. After high school I started right into college, and upon completing my associates degree I decided it was time to prepare to serve a mission. During my preparation my dad was diagnosed with cancer, and we didn't know what was going to happen to him. That diagnoses made me really have to think about what I was doing. Was I really willing to leave my family for eighteen months to serve a mission? Was I willing to leave my dad not knowing he would be a live when I came home? It took me a very long time to decide what the Lord wanted me to do. As I prayed and studied scripture I was given the answer to go on my mission and my family would be taken care of. It was time for me to trust the Lord. I was called to serve in the Arkansas Little Rock Mission. The time I spent there was amazing, and I never would trade it for anything. Thankfully I came home to a healthy father. I am now working toward my BA in Deaf Studies.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because I have taken the time to study and pray. When I was 12 my dad asked all of us kids, five in all, to read Joseph Smith's history and pray to ask if it is true. As I read through his personal account of what happened, I couldn't help but believe it was true. When I prayed that night I was given a peaceful feeling of "you know its true." I never really questioned the truthfulness of the church after that, but I still hadn't fully developed my own testimony. That wouldn't come for about ten more years. When I turned 20 I started to prepare to serve a mission for the LDS church. That is when we found out my dad had stage four cancer, and really all progression toward serving a mission was put on hold. I wasn't ready to leave my dad not knowing if I would have him when I came home. I decided to do the same thing I had done when I was 12. I was going to study about missionary work, because that is what I was questioning, and after I studied I was going to pray about serving a mission myself. This continued for a few months. I never really felt like I was getting an answer to my prayers, until I was in a mission preparation class, and one of the boys in my class shared a scripture that said the Lord would take care of the families of his missionaries. That scripture hit me. I knew whatever was going to happen was going to happen, but that the Lord needed me to serve and He would be with my family. That is when I really understood the truthfulness of the gospel. Christ is our brother, Heavenly Father really is our Father, and they want whats best for us. They will never leave us alone and will always lift us when we are too weak to lift ourselves. I love this church, and I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet and that he restored the gospel that Christ established while He was on the earth. The Book of Mormon is a true testament of people that lived on this continent, and Joseph Smith was its translator. Answers always come to prayer in their own time.

How I live my faith

The LDS faith really becomes part of your life. I have been asked to serve in many different parts of the church. For a long time I taught the young women ages 12-14. I loved it. I was able to help them develop their own testimony, as well as to help them with hard times in life. More recently I have been able to work with the women's organization. I have taught that group on multiple occasions. Being able to teach is one of my favorite opportunities that I have had. I believe that you really do live your faith when you are a member of the LDS church. I have been given standards of modesty and chastity and I choose to live up to those standards because I believe they are the Lord's standards for his children.