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Hi I'm Kaylie

I am a student, an adventurer, a people-person, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love people! I grew up in Southern California, where my parents run their own cake business. I love meeting new people, trying new foods, and traveling. I’m now attending college studying Sociology and International Development (big words which essentially mean studying how people interact and searching for ways to improve conditions of people living in developing countries). I am very passionate about what I am studying but some of my other hobbies include longboarding, laughing, volleyball, singing, reading, and spending time with my family. I'm not particularly good at sports but I'm always up for anything active and fun, like sailing, rock-climbing, dancing, etc.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised going to church, but as I got older, I never wanted to be accused of blind obedience. I had been taught that we are entitled to pray and ask God to know the truth of anything, and so I did. I asked God to let me know if I ever made decisions that were not right. One memory that remains particularly vivid and close to my heart is the day I finished reading the entire Book of Mormon for the first time and then privately, kneeling on my bed, I pleaded with God to let me know if it was true. I cannot deny the overwhelming feeling of peace and love that I felt in that moment. I think one of the most compelling aspects of the Church is that the gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of happiness. I have seen the heartache of family members who have made some poor decisions, so it has always made sense to me that the high moral standards taught by the Church are not to limit us, but rather to keep us free from painful consequences. And while we will make mistakes and experience trials, the gospel also provides a means of overcoming guilt and hurt through repentance. I have felt the love of my Savior through my trials and I cannot even adequately express my gratitude for the opportunities I am given to learn from my mistakes and to strive every day to be just a little bit better than the day before. I can honestly say that when I have felt closest to God are the times I have been the happiest in my life, regardless of what I am going through. I cannot imagine facing the hardships of life without the knowledge that I have a purpose here and that there are greater things to come. I know that God loves us and wants us to not only return to live with Him, but to find joy in this life. Basically, I choose to be Mormon because it inspires me to be a better person and it makes me happy.

How I live my faith

Having faith is not an amazing one-time spiritual event that then stays with you forever. It’s something you have to work at every day. I try to say meaningful prayers every morning and night, and to study the scriptures daily. Attending church every Sunday has become, for me, a way to take a break from the obligations and stresses I face throughout the week and to spiritually rejuvinate in preparation for the week ahead. One of the biggest things I have to work on every day is serving and loving those around me. I think that everyone has a tendency to judge, myself included, so I have to constantly remind myself that people are more important than my pride and to try to see them as Heavenly Father does. Volunteering with Special-ed programs and local NGOs has helped me to see beyond my own often trivial problems and feel greater love for others. Another way I live my faith is through the pursuit of my education, which I think includes not only formal education, but learning from the people and world around me. I believe that education is the key to understanding and to equipping myself to be of greater service to the world.