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Hi I'm Kinsie Shrader

I was born in Westlake Village, California. My family has moved 13 times. I love finding beautiful things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I feel like my life has been full of failures and mistakes. But I'm learning that's not a bad thing, by any means. I'm being polished, perfected, and becoming wiser. I'm the middle child of three kids. I often find myself getting lost in a book (or writing one of my own), dancing, cooking, working, drawing, and singing. I love trying new things. I feel that it gives me "life" points, like I'm living life to my fullest. I went to college for a year and loved it. Unfortunately, I'm still not sure what to major in. Funny how foggy life can be. If I've learned anything at this point in my life, it's that I'm not going to be who I thought I was, I'm going to be disappointed and pleasantly surprised. I'm going to be striving my whole life to be the person Heavenly Father wants me to be.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon home. My parents did well raising me and my siblings. They taught us everything they believed to be true, and when we got old enough, they let us choose our own path. I was baptized, and became a member at the age of eight but I wasn't "converted" until about four years ago. I was reading the Book of Mormon, and the spirit started to testify every time I sat down to earnestly read the scriptures. It was like seeing through new eyes, I saw everything clearer, on a whole new level. Of course, life is a roller coaster, and I have since continued to have my ups and downs, but I can always return to the way I felt that time, years ago. I use the comparison of a roller coaster on a personal level. A year ago, while having a difficult time, I was praying for much needed help and guidance. I felt that my life was losing purpose and I was being beaten down too hard. In a dream, I poured my heart out to Christ, and told him how tired my soul was. He calmly explained how life is very much like a roller coaster. He said, "like the drops and rises in a roller coaster, our life will always be moving up and down. In order to go higher and reach the peaks of the ride, we have to go down. The more momentum we get going down, the higher we can go." I woke up, knowing that every word was true, and this was Heavenly Father telling me that I was doing everything right, I was a good, flawed, person but I just needed to endure to the end and if I did, I would continue to get higher and higher. I love this gospel in it's fullest. I believe all it's teachings. I'm happiest when I am striving to follow the gospel and please my Father in Heaven. I desire nothing more than to return to Him and have him smile, embrace me, and say, "Well done my good and faithful daughter."

How I live my faith

Visiting teaching has been something I've learned to love. I used to watch for people who looked like they needed an encouraging word, and when I found them, I'd write them a letter anonymously. Watching them brighten with a simple piece of paper and some words made my day feel complete. In all my callings, I've noticed that when I keep the needs of others in my mind, everything seemed... happier. For myself and those I was trying to help.

What is being a Mormon like?

Kinsie Shrader
The best thing ever. It means fighting for what you believe in, even when you stand alone. Being a Mormon is like being the ripe apple on the top of a tree. There are all kinds of apples, many GOOD apples, and many comfortable places on the tree, but the best place to be is on top of that tree absorbing the best things life has to offer you. You can see everything and grow strong and beautiful in the sight of our Creator. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Kinsie Shrader
We believe that our bodies are like a temple. We need to keep it clean and healthy. This includes eating a healthy diet, no use of coffee or tea, drugs, (personally) no caffeine, etc... We're put on this Earth to learn, grow strong, and strengthen our bodies and minds. Keeping the Word of Wisdom helps us do this. I find that I am happier, more energetic, and personable when I follow the Word of Wisdom. Show more Show less