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Hi I'm Kelli Lyn

I am number 8 of 9 kids. I love the arts, especially singing, piano, and painting. I am serving as a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 20-year old college student at BYU. I have put my BYU education on hold for 18 months to serve a mission in Cape Verde, Praia where I will preach the gospel in a Portuguese-Creole dialect. I am currently serving my missionar right now in Utah at the Missionary Training Center and I am loving it. My companion is muito fantastico! (very fantastic). I love any chance we get here at the MTC to sing because I love making music. I write music for voice and piano and so it's nice when I get a little time to sing during all of the training. I also love art. Drawing and water colors are my favorite because you take something that is seemingly juvenile and can make something wonderful and beautiful. I feel like God sees us as "water colors" because we are just so silly and when we let Him use us as instruments in His hands, we can do amazing things.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon household and my parents had strong beliefs. I, however, have always been an independent sort of fellow. I would never just join something because my parents did. They took me to church all my life while growing up, but it took more than just the influence of my parents. I grew up in a town that was prominently Catholic, and when I was about 14, I started questioning my beliefs. My oldest brother had become inactive after serving a mission, which didn't set quite right with me. I would often wonder how someone could give up 2 years of their life to the gospel and then simply cut all ties from it. I was being taught by the missionaries at this time because we had a college student living with our house and we agreed to give him free rent if he would take the missionary discussions (so, of course he did). Well, as they taught him, I would sit in. They advised him to pray about the Book of Mormon and ensured that God would answer if he did sincerely. Fortunately, I took the advice myself. For the first time in my life, I prayed to God with the intent to receive an answer. I was desperate and the Lord followed through. I have done my research, though. I have been to other churches such as the Methodist church, the catholic church, even baptist and I have noticed that while these churches have truth in them and though the members have good intentions, they are missing the whole restored gospel. I have had far too many witnesses of the truthfulness of this gospel to deny it in any aspect. I sometimes think, "well, what if this is not the true church? What if it is all a sham?" (because everyone has doubts), I come to conclude that everything about being a Mormon stands for is good and noble. It teaches you to love others, to participate in wholesome relationships, to trust, to forgive, to follow the example of Christ, to be humble, to be charitable. Even if it wasn't true (which it is true), this gospel is undoubtedly the best way to become happy.

How I live my faith

Since I am preparing for a mission, there are a lot of things I try to do to live my faith. One thing I do is remind myself that I should live my life in a way that would help me prepare for a mission, but also in a way that does not have an end after the mission. I want to maintain the faith, not have spurts of good behavior. I want to live in a way that reflects that I know who I am, and that I iknow I have a purpose in this life, so I try to be consistent. I go to church every Sunday and take notes. I read the scriptures, say my prayers, and write in my journal every night. I serve as the church choir conductor. I visit teach two wonderful ladies at least once a month. I go to work and talk to my co-workers about my mission plans. I have signed up to serve in the Hospice for Utah for patients with terminal illnesses. There's a lot of work to do, and I want to put in my contribution.

What is being a Mormon like?

Kelli Lyn
Being a Mormon is like living a normal life, only you have the knowledge that an all-powerful and loving creator loves you and has a purpose for you. That purpose includes a fullness of joy, however, with such knowledge, you have higher expectations. You know how you should treat others as well as yourself, and you have the knowledge of what comes after you are obedient or disobedient to God's laws. The fact is that everyone is a child of God. All have come to earth and have a role here that is specific to them. Only they can fulfill their role. Each and every person has the same potential in this life to know what it is like to be a "Mormon"--they just don't all have that knowledge of the restored gospel yet. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Kelli Lyn
For me, faith is believing something because deep down inside you know it is true. It is not a matter of seeing. When we put so much trust on things such as "sight" or "touch" we can become blind to the truth. We have the scriptures. Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I have seen these books, touched the pages, and studied them. I have not seen visions or anything like that, but I haven't seen a million dollars either, and I know that's real! God lives and loves His children. I know it. Show more Show less