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Hi I'm Kinsee

I'm a teacher. A student. A daughter. An aunt. And guess what, world? I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am #3 in a family of 4 kids...who aren't really kids anymore! Between my older brother and sister I have 5 nieces and 1 nephew, who I adore with all my heart. Everyone in my family lives within a 30-minute drive of each other, which makes family gatherings a frequent blessing. When we get together it usually means (lots of) food, sports, noise, and meaningful conversation. When I'm not hanging out with my family, I love being surrounded by dear friends. I feel grateful to have them! Most often, you can find us: running, laughing, studying, and on a good day even cooking together. :) I am graduating from Brigham Young University with an English Teaching degree, and I'm thrilled to say that I will start teaching 7th grade English at Diamond Fork Junior High in the Fall! Teaching English incorporates so many of my passions in life: teaching, reading, writing, and learning--4 verbs that mean a lot to me! I love this beautiful life! I believe that you and I have a loving Heavenly Father who sent us here for a reason, and that understanding fuels my attitude and actions (for the better!) more than anything else. Who am I? I am a daughter of God, whom He has given opportunities for growth and happiness to. I'm trying to claim those opportunities as often as I can, and I want to help others do the same. In this magnificent test of mortality, some of my more simple joys include: soccer, country music, the great outdoors, and bread from Great Harvest. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that lives the standards of the LDS Church. As a child, I trusted my parents and teachers when they told me the church was true. That's what children do--they trust. As I got older and a little more independent, I felt the need to claim my actions and beliefs as MY OWN. Rather than blindly following in my family's footsteps, I wanted to forge a path of my own that was grounded in personal conviction. As I prayed, read the scriptures, and attended church, I personally reflected on how these actions were affecting my life. I constantly asked the Lord to tell me if this Mormon church was true, or if I was merely following after the traditions of my fathers. Time and time again, the Lord has confirmed to me through His Holy Spirit that The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. And time and time again I have felt the fruits of peace and joy that come from living be the gospel principles therein. I have been faithful to these feelings and confirmations throughout my life, for I have great faith that they come from God. This process of asking and seeking was not a single event or epiphany. It is a pattern I began developing around the age of 11, and I continue to grow my faith each day in this way. The more diligently I follow the pattern Christ has shown us in His gospel, the more peace and joy I experience in my life. For this reason, I AM A MORMON.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time. Some of those days are better than others, but they always end with a desire to do better tomorrow. I live my faith by being mindful of the covenants (or promises) I made with God when I was baptized. I told Him I would take His name upon myself, keep his commandments, and always remember Him. Those promises might sound a little nebulous, but let me share more about what the keeping of those covenants looks like: treating others with kindness, attending church on Sundays, praying sincerely for the people in my life, fulfilling a calling in the church, sharing my testimony of Jesus Christ with others, reading the Word of God daily, taking care of my body, willingly giving 10% of my income to the Lord through tithing (and then consecrating the rest as wisely as I can), mourning with those who mourn, attending His holy temple, and above all, listening for the daily promptings of His Holy Spirit, which guides me in every good thing I do.