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Hi I'm Kiley

I was raised in a military family, I graduated from Brigham Young University, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have moved and lived all over the country due to my dad's military career. I am the oldest of the seven children in my family. I love being in the kitchen baking or cooking or eating. In college I loved taking seemingly random classes. I took special interest in classes that were physically active (weight lifting, ice skating, ballet, self defense), or related to ROTC, Visual Arts, and Family Life Studies. I enjoy reading and watching movies, but oddly enough dislike popcorn.

Why I am a Mormon

Although my parents were sealed in the temple, they divorced before I was four. When they split up both of them walked away from the church for a time, and so I was not "reintroduced" to the gospel until I was 8 years old. At that time I was eager for the things I was learning there and loved to attend church. However as my teen years crept up I became less and less sure about my testimony, and more and more interested in the temptations all around. My personal testimony was shaky and I fought with my leaders and teachers at church often. I questioned the reality of the Savior and the possibility of an atonement. I truly thought that I would walk away from the church when I became an adult. Luckily for me I had been raised in a home where I had felt the Spirit, and I knew that my Heavenly Father loved me. From this foundation I was able to sustain myself and carry on until, through utilization of the atonement and the repentance process in my own life, I was able to gain for myself a knowledge of the Plan of Happiness and the truth of our Savior Jesus Christ. I may not know all the answers, but without a doubt I believe in the power and divinity of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the atonement and the blessing it is in my life. I have a testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he restored the fullness of the gospel in this dispensation. I absolutely believe that the Book of Mormon is exactly what it professes to be, and that we are still blessed with a living prophet on the Earth today. I am grateful for the trials and tender mercies that I witness and endure everyday that help me to learn and grow. And I have a testimony of temples and the work that is done there. I cannot wait until it is my turn to kneel at that holy alter and be sealed to my eternal companion. My testimony and membership within the church means so much to me...it gives me perspective; it reminds me where I come from, who I am, and where I am going.

How I live my faith

Being around the military has given me lots of opportunities to serve in my community. I was able to be an official hugger when military members would return, help out with unit functions, and make care packages to send over seas to deployed military. To me being active in my community and serving is a big part of living my faith. I think living everyday in a way where I can help someone else out is really important, and that is what Christ would want us to do. Another dimension of living my faith for me is my daily study; becoming familiar in a personal way with the scriptures and the teachings of the gospel. Also I believe that attending church meetings regularly is important. For church callings I have helped make programs and flyers for special events and also for the regular Sunday meetings. Another calling I have had was to help instruct young women and plan activities with them. Lastly visiting teaching has been a great help to me living my faith, because getting to meet with two or three other sisters once a month and discuss life and a spiritual message has proven to be a countless blessing in my life time and time again.