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Hi I'm Kayla

I'm from Seattle, Washington. I'm a student studying elementary education at BYU. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a recent convert to the church. I was baptized December of my senior year of high school, and I'm the only member of my family. I'm currently studying elementary education at BYU in Provo, and I'm happier than I've ever been. The decision I made to join the church was not one that I made lightly. Despite having received confirmation from Heavenly Father that it was what I should do, I still struggled knowing that it was the right thing because my family didn't support my decision at all. How could something so good and so right cause my family and I so much suffering? Then I realized, Heavenly Father would NEVER lead you to do something wrong. As long as you have faith in the Lord and understand that He always your best interests in mind, you will always be happy. Joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the best decision I've ever made.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that making the covenants we make in His church is the only way that I can once again live not only with Heavenly Father, but with my family. I know that this is His church on earth, and that as members of it we can not only strengthen ourselves, but help so many around us whether they are members of the church or not. We can share our testimony in more ways than just words, but by actions and kind service to the members of our community. We can help them come closer to God simply by being good examples and disciples of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the prophet and for the clear and concise guidance he gives us that is relevant to our society today. I am most grateful for the opportunity that I will have one day to be sealed in the temple to my eternal companion, and that I will be able to live with my family forever in the celestial kingdom with our Heavenly Father. I am so thankful for the missionaries who give up two years of their lives to spread the Gospel around the earth, because without them, I would not be a member of this incredible church. I have a testimony that the scriptures contain the answers to all of our questions, and that if we take the time to ponder and pray about what we read, we will be able to understand them and apply them in our own lives. I am grateful for the companionship of the Holy Ghost and the comforting spirit he provides me with, and the promptings which I feel that lead me to make righteous and good decisions in my life. I am thankful for the atonement of the Savior, and I strive to think about his sacrifice every day, that he died so that I may one day live again. I am thankful for the inviting members of this church, who are always welcoming and inviting, and I'm grateful most of all for my family and friends, who love and support me in all that I do.

How I live my faith

I came to BYU as a freshman 8 months after I was baptized, and I was immediately called as Relief Society Instructor. At first I thought, "I am probably the least qualified person in the ward for this calling. I know nothing about relief society." When I said this to my friends, they told me that being a teacher would help me learn more than anyone else, and they were most definitely right! I loved teaching the sisters in my ward about helping them come closer to Christ, and they felt they learned a lot from my conversion story. I also always made it a point during testimony meeting on Fast Sunday to bear my testimony, for I have found that the more often you speak of your testimony out loud and share it with those around you, the Spirit is stronger and that strengthens it. My second semester I was called as Ward Missionary and I taught Mission Prep every Sunday. Nearly all of the men in my ward attended this class, and it was nerve-wracking being in front of so many people who I felt were much more confident in their knowledge of the Gospel. I learned so much from the answers to their questions, and it was a wonderful time for me to ponder Preach my Gospel as I prepared for my lesson each week. Once again, having the opportunity to bear my testimony so often strengthened it so much.