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Hi I'm Kayleigh

I grew up in Dallas Texas. I'm an aspiring nurse. I'm a mormon.

About Me

Right now I'm on a mission in PARIS, FRANCE for 18 months. Never in a million bajillion years did I think that I would serve in such an exciting place, but here I am. I absolutely love my mission and spreading the joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Aside from being a missionary, I am a college student in her Junior year majoring in Exercise Science. I plan to either go to nursing or PA school. Time will tell. Aside from being a college student, I love to do anything active: I am a gym rat, I love to run, I adore snowboarding, I'm a novice yoga master, I pretend to play tennis and surf, and I love hiking. Along with that, I love food and I love to cook.

Why I am a Mormon

Bottom line: I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, and the Mormon church is His true church (the same as when He was alive) restored on the earth today. I know this with my whole heart. Nothing could make me deny it. However, I wasn't always so sure. I was born into the Mormon faith and have grown up with wonderful Mormon parents who have always been wonderfully...Mormon. As I was growing up I always followed the rules of the church. But that is how I saw it, as following a list of rules. There were times when I would feel REALLY good at church or have times where I prayed and KNEW my prayers were being answered. But, I'm sad to admit that if my parents and friends had decided to walk away from the church I probably would have followed them right out the door. It wasn't until I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it that I knew that this church was exactly what it claims to be. I make it sound like it was a one time read the book, pray to God, and instantly know kind of a situation, but it wasn't so simple. I know that it could have been much more simple had I had more faith. But for me, I had to search the pages of the book for years. I had to continue to turn to the Lord in my hard times, and I had to continue going to church. Gradually, I became more positive that this church holds all the truth that every other religion in the world seeks. Joseph Smith honestly restored this gospel by the power of God. He was a prophet, and the church is still led by a Prophet today, Thomas S. Monson. I know that God hears and answers our prayers. I personally know that revelation has not ceased. God has not forgotten His children. He is the same as He was in the Bible and has the same amount of magnificent power. Jesus Christ truly died for our sins that we can have the opportunity to live with God, our Father again. I am so grateful. I am a Mormon because I know it is true. I would never want anyone to be a Mormon for any other reason than that.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite devotional's given by Jeffrey R. Holland (one of our modern-day apostles) urged to "NEVER leave your religion at the door." By this he meant that as we go about our lives outside of Sunday worship we need to stay true to our beliefs in every situation, even when it is inconvenient. I really strive to do this in my life. I believe in being honest, therefore, when a project is self-report but I didn't do it, I strive to do the honest thing and give myself the less than perfect score I deserve. I believe in turning the other cheek, therefore, when someone hurts my heart and I want to send them indignant text messages, I try instead to love them anyways and not get offended. I believe in repentance, therefore when someone makes a mistake/has a past and I want to weigh their value from it, I remember that they are on their own path to discipleship and that I have no right to judge them. That kind of stuff. Basically, I live my faith, by LIVING my faith. Right now I am getting ready to leave for a mission to France. As a missionary I will give 18 months to the Lord and strive my hardest to do what Christ would do if he were on the earth today. I am devoting my life to serving those wonderful people in France 110% and bringing them closer to their savior, Jesus Christ. Yes, this means forgoing communication with my family (except for emails once a week and a phone call on Christmas and Mother's Day), dating, popular music, texting, social media, school, the comforts of America, etc. But I promise you, it is EXACTLY what I want to be doing, and I KNOW that this is EXACTLY what the Lord wants me to be doing at this time. I love being Mormon, and I love living my faith. It brings me immeasurable peace and happiness even when times are hard.