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Hi I'm Kendelle

I am a student, a sister, a friend, a missionary, and I am a Mormon!

About Me

Hi there! My name is Kendelle James, and I'm from Seattle, Washington, but you can call me an Okie. I come from a military family of 6, and we all love to travel. As for me, some of my favorite things are wakeboarding, singing, horsebackriding, and playing the piano. In high school I loved participating in musicals. I also spent a some of my free time being a math tutor. It was so much fun! A year ago, I made the decision to serve a full time mission. In October I was called to serve in the Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Mission, speaking spanish. I could not be happier with the my decision to serve a mission. I has been the most rewarding experience of my life. I know that this is exactly where God has intended for me to be, and I've grown to love and admire the people here. Okies are grounded, warm, friendly, God-loving people! I don't want to leave!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church. My parents are both members and the best examples to me. They never forced me to believe in the gospel, but I cannot remember a time in my life when I did not believe. I have always known that the Church was true. Still, at a certain point in my life that I had to make a conscious commitment, and I made it, first when I was baptized, and again when I was deciding whether or not to serve a mission. My testimony is not a product of manipulation, persuasion, or brainwashing. I have a testimony because I have searched for the truth and in my wonderings, the Holy Spirit has testified to me that Jesus is the Christ and that His restored gospel is alive and well in this day and age. I am a Mormon because I have learned for myself the truthfulness of this gospel. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes me happy. I have experienced the joy that comes when I am obedient to my Heavenly Father's commandments. And because of my obedience and faith, I have seen the Lord's hand work miracles in my life.

How I live my faith

When I was young, I lived my faith by serving in my community, church, and at school. I tried to be a good example to my friends who were of other faiths too. As a teenager I was called to be a leader in the Young Women youth program. I gave me many opportunities to reach outside my convert zone and make some lifelong friends. Now that I'm a bit older, the way I live my faith has changed. I attend BYU, a predominately Mormon school, and in this last year, it has become more difficult to express my faith through my actions, because there aren't as many opportunities to share the gospel with those of other faiths. So, I continue to magnify my church callings like visiting teaching, and directing musical programs. However, in order to reach a more people, I like to post spiritual messages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. With every message I post, I leave the #Sharegoodness tag. Now that I am a missionary my faith is pretty obviously stated. (Tag on my chest) During my 5 months here in OKC, I've been embarrassed, humiliated, laughed at, and rejected; but I've honestly never been more at peace with who I am inside. I'm a daughter of God, and I know He is proud of me. I have been strengthened because of my daily decisions to live in a manner that is pleasing to my Heavenly Father. I know that testimonies can only be strengthened by our righteous actions. So press on, I say. And smile! Share this light with others.