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Hi I'm Kayla

I'm Whackanese. (White, Black, and Japanese). I'm serving a mission for my church. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a mixed family (my father's African-American and Japanese, my mother's Caucasian) and love all the different cultures my family possesses (and the amazing food that comes with our cultures. Soul food and sushi, can't go wrong). I've lived abroad in England and Japan, and have gone euro-camping through Wales, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, etc. I love to compose music on piano, watch movies (preferably foreign), blast my Motown and Soul/Funk tunes, and go to concerts/museums/festivals, etc. I love any thrill-seeking adventures, and my goals when I get back from my mission are to go hang-gliding, skydiving (first thing when I get back), shark-caging, and alligator wrestling to start with. I'm an esthetician for my occupation, and I love to help people with skincare/makeup concerns. Nothing is better than helping someone realize how beautiful they are.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, my parents are converts. I never cared about church or God, and I finally ended up rejecting everything I had grown up with. When I lived on my own, that's when I officially stopped going. I didn't attend for almost half a year. If I'm being honest, I wasn't active for about 6 years. However, one day, I made the decision on a whim to attend. Just once, to see if I was missing anything. When I got to church, I realized right away I had indeed been missing something. Happiness that I hadn't realized was even missing, filled my heart. And it was that simple: I was happy when I attended, and I felt strangely dull and incomplete when I didn't. So I started to attend regularly. About a couple weeks later, I was asked to serve as a counselor in our women's group (Relief Society). It was then, gradually, that I began to realize the truthfulness of the gospel. I was filled with this otherworldly love for the sisters I served, and let me tell you, it absolutely did not come from me. Only from God, our Heavenly Father, could I feel that much love for others. I felt true love for those women, and true happiness, a kind I honestly had not felt before. I had a desire to do good, through service, reading scriptures, any righteous activity that before I would never had tried, nor wanted to try. And now I am serving a mission, because I finally, once and for all, know the church is true.

How I live my faith

I have had the wonderful opportunity to serve as a counselor in our women's group, known as Relief Society. I'm so grateful for the wonderful experiences I had there, and so humbled by the amazing women that I served, for everything I learned from them and what they taught me. I now have an opportunity to serve a mission for my church, in Spokane, Washington. I'm so excited to be able to serve and share with people what I know to be true. After going out with the sister missionaries in my area, the greatest joy I've known in my life so far, has been talking about the gospel with others, and seeing the light in their faces when they understand its truth. I'm so excited that I get to do that for a year and a half, and can't wait to get started!