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Hi I'm Kailey

I grew up in Ringgold, Georgia. I am biking across the US with my husband of almost two years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 23 year old, trying to live a unique and interesting life. I grew up in the Bible Belt and loved that everyone around was passionate about religion (even if it wasn't mine). I went to college and discovered my desire to serve those around me. I moved to the northwest after graduating and marrying my coolest-kid-in-town husband. I dedicated a year to serving in AmeriCorps, working in a low-income elementary school. While there, I was able to provide service on a daily basis which brought incomprehensible satisfaction. I will be moving across the country for the next chapter of life and have decided to ride my bicycle to the other side of the USA. Along with this trip being a test of physical and mental endurance, it will also be a time to rely on the kindness and Christ-like attributes of others as we will be looking for lawns to sleep on, churches to sleep in, etc. I look forward to experiencing this country from a bicycle and to meet as many people as I possibly can.

Why I am a Mormon

While I am only 23 years old, I cannot speak from age-old wisdom. I can however attest to the fact that my heart breaks when I see homeless people in the streets being ignored, when I see animals being mistreated, when I see parents neglecting their children who so desperately want someone to love them. I feel so deeply for strangers I don't even know, I cry in every movie that is touching, heartbreaking, and even silly because I can empathize. Like me, each and everyone of the people on this earth are a child of God and they need love and support from others to know that they're not alone. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has taught me to how to empathize; to love people unconditionally, just as the Savior does regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. I have the capacity to cry with those that cry, to rejoice when others rejoice, to help those in need because of my love for them. I am a Mormon because it helps me to draw nearer to others on a more intimate level, to get to the heart of the matter and forge relationships that other secular things are just unable accomplish. Being a Mormon allows me to love unabashedly, to draw nearer to my Heavenly Father through service, and to understand the point of all of us being here. In knowing the purpose of our time on earth, we can realize how truly remarkable this life can be if we but choose to live it.

How I live my faith

I find that I live my faith through my interactions with others. I know that every single person has that something about them, and I desperately try to discover that special something. I love the idea of community and am always working to strengthen it, either by making small talk with those working at establishments I frequent, or being a helpful hand to those I do not know. I think growing up in the South and practicing the idea of "Southern Hospitality" has helped me to show respect and kindness to strangers. Having the opportunity to work in an elementary school, I was able to focus on the knowledge that Heavenly Father loves his children unconditionally, each and everyone. Many of the children lived in unfavorable circumstances, with family members in jail or out of the picture completely. Their childlike innocence and yearning for someone to care about them helped me to remember how integral the family unit is here on this earth. Families are a force for good in this world and as long as people are willing to be unselfish and take care of one another, then I believe they will help to bring about much good in this world. I believe that by being kind, loving, and especially remembering that everyone is a child of God, that will help us to make this world a more peaceful and loving place.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Growing up in the South, this question came up many times. We do believe the Bible to be the Word of God as far as it is translated correctly. We do use the Bible! We do believe it to be true! We do believe Jesus Christ is our Savior! Isn't it glorious that Mormons and other Christians all believe the Bible to be the Word of God! We just have an extra testament of Jesus Christ (and you can read it too!) that doesn't take away from the Bible, it just adds even more wonderful teachings and lessons to the Bible. You don't have to deny your Bible or your beliefs, they are yours to cherish and strengthen. But wouldn't it be great if you had even more? More words of Christ, more prophets, more history, specifically the history from this side of the world! It's amazing how the Book of Mormon and Bible work together to give you an even stronger testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less