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Hi I'm Katelyn

I grew up in warm and sunny Valencia, California. I love living life to its absolute fullest. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to experiment and am constantly trying new things whether its finding new hobbies, tasting different foods, listening to never-before-heard music, traveling or playing new sports. I love being outside and being active. I have thrived off of the adrenaline rush that comes from sports and have enjoyed Cross-Country, Track (my favorite events being Pole Vaulting and Sprinting), Softball, Dance, Cheerleading and Basketball, my favorite passion being for tumbling. I'm also passsionate about reading (you learn so much from every story!) and journaling (I love looking back on my best and not-so-great memories) and am still hoping that one day I will learn to play an instrament because I love music so much. I'm ambitious. I'm confident. I'm daring. My favorite people and things are those that make me laugh and I take advantage of every opportunity that will help me learn and grow and get the best out of life.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with a limited knowledge of religion, knowing only that I believed in Jesus Christ. My mother would take me and my brothers to different churches sporatically throughout my childhood and though the lessons were confusing to me, I always loved the stories and wished we would go back more often. I remember writing in a small diary that I had made out of folded cardboard, staples and construction paper when I was about 7 and writing down the numerous questions I had about God. I remember writing down that I imagined God had started out as a big ball of light somewhere in space. Soon, my family stopped going to church entirely and I would pray to God only in the form of pleading when I needed help with something. And that's how my relationship with God exisisted until highschool when I felt that there had to be a reason as to why the big plans in my life did not go the way I wanted them to. Why did bad things happen to good people? Why was I even here on this Earth and whats the point of this life? It came to a point where I needed guidance in my life and I wanted and needed answers. So I joined my LDS friend at church to get to know this person from my childhood, Jesus Christ. I had gone to other churches with friends in high school, but I had never before felt the pure warmth, happiness and love that I had when I went to the LDS Church. I had never before had the feeling so strongly that what I was reading and studying at the church was true and that this would make the biggest difference in my life. Through a long process, that is still ongoing, I have found the answers to all of my biggest questions. I have learned to trust in the Savior's plan and his gospel even though sometimes it does not make sense right away, because it always ends up being perfectly true. I have come to know for myself that this gospel changes lives, as it has turned my life into something incredible, with experiences, people and pure happiness that I could have never dreamed of.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by constantly devoting myself to being a disciple of his gospel and an example to everyone that His way is the happiest and best way. I live my faith by trusting completely and whole-heartedly in my Savior Jesus Christ and by living my life the way I think He would want me to and counseling with Him in prayer and scripture study at the times that I do not know what I should do. I have learned to be patient with myself and others and live my faith by loving every individual I see no matter their virtues or vices. I help and encourage members in my ward and my friends to strengthen their faith in the church and our Savior. The most rewarding way to live my faith is by helping and encouraging anyone in need in small or big gestures and getting involved with the community- my favorites being volunteering for animal shelters and the Special Olympics program. Its a miracle to see and experience how living my faith, living and following this gospel, only increases my faith it.