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Hi I'm Kindra

I am a humor loving, positive, musical, crafty, student of apparel design and construction; & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in New York but I grew up in beautiful rainy Oregon! I am the second of four children and have grown closer to my siblings as we have matured and left the pointless bickering behind. I am a student studying apparel design and construction and I love it. Pattern work makes sense in my head like you wouldn't believe and I don't know why. I love to look at clothes and see how I could improve them or make the something beautiful and modest at the same time. I love sewing, I can sit at my machine for hours at a time. I love being able to work on a project and come out with an end result that I like, and if I don't like it I keep sewing and fixing it until I do. Sewing for me is like running for other people, I can sew and think or listen to music or just think about nothing, its therapeutic for me. I also love to do anything outside: hiking, camping, shooting; fishing is a new one that I have found and love. There is just something I love about drifting down stream in a boat without a care in the world. Although, in order to enjoy my time outside I need to be able to wash my hands. There is nothing worse than having fish guts dried onto your hands and trying to find some not-too-dead grass to wipe it off on! Music is one thing I love and that gets me through the worst days. I play the flute and I enjoy singing. I often find comfort in lyrics and my favorite songs are ones I can relate to. Music just has a way of speaking to the soul when your at a loss for words.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love it. Its more than a church to attend on Sunday and it's more than the family that I have gained through that weekly attendance. Its more than the answers to my prayers. Its more than the life skills I have gained through my service in the church. Its more than anything I can think to describe the ways that being a Mormon has affected my life. I am a Mormon because I have studied and prayed. I have thought about and discussed the teachings of this gospel with many people and through that study, through that praying, and through all the trials and hardships that I have faced in my life I have come to realize that this gospel is true. I have knelt down and asked my God, my Heavenly Father, in the name of his Son Jesus Christ if this is his true gospel. If this is where I need to be, if this is right. And I have received my answer time and time again. I am a Mormon because I believe with every part of my being that this is the Lord's gospel. I know with every fiber of my Soul that this is true and this is where I am supposed to be. I know that this is what will bring me the most happiness in the future. I know that through the sacrifices I make here on Earth to follow him, and as I strive to better myself, I will be able to live with my family forever. I can think of nothing I would rather have than that, to be able to live with those I love forever. That is why I am a Mormon, because I know this is about more than anything I am able to comprehend in this life, its about eternity, its about a forever family. Its about fulfilling what God sent me here to do, and this is where I need to be to fulfill my mission here on Earth.

How I live my faith

My faith affects every aspect of my life. I am constantly talking to my Father in Heaven through prayer. I know that he hears me & answers my prayers, not usually how I think he will or when I think he will, in fact some of my prayers have taken years to receive an answer, but I receive an answer every time. When I was a teenager & in the youth program I helped to plan many of the activities my group did. We would come up with ideas & then with two or three other girls we would organize them. Since then I have gone off to school & have been given the opportunity to express my faith in many different ways. I was given the opportunity to teach the women's Sunday school class a few times a month. Through teaching them and leading discussions on gospel topics I think they taught me more than I ever taught them. I am grateful I had the opportunity to learn with them. As a student one way I live my faith a lot is through prayer. I think most students do this whether or not they realize it. When you sit down to take an exam and just hope you can remember everything; that, I believe, is a form of prayer because in that instant you are asking for help from a source greater than yourself to help you remember. Before I study or attend a challenging class or take an exam I always pray for help from God. I know that he has all knowledge, religious and secular! And since he knows all, he can help guide me to ask the right questions to make the connections in order to understand what I'm learning. I would not have made it this far in my schooling without prayer and the answers I have received from God. For the past year of my life I have been serving a mission in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Mary Land. It has been the experience of a lifetime to be able to devote my life, for a year and a half, to teaching people what I have learned about my Savior, Jesus Christ. I have loved getting to know people and seeing the small and simple changes in their lives yielding great results.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

For me everything around me tells me there is a God. That is one reason I love being outside and witnessing for myself the creation of the Earth. I look at nature around me and I think of the complexities behind each of them, its then that I think there is no way the Earths creation was an accident. There are too many variables that make things perfect for them to be an accident. Another thing that tells me there is a God would be all of the little miracles in my day. When something happens just at the right time, or when someone says the perfect thing I needed, or when plans just seem to fall together. All of those instances in which most people would think 'that was lucky' I think 'Thank you God, for having a hand in my life today'. I see him in my life everyday, and if you search you will find him there too. Show more Show less