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Hi I'm Kaila Douglass

I'm a native of beautiful SoCal, I'm always full of abundant energy, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a self-identified extrovert with big dreams and big ideas. I grew up in Southern California, where my favorite things to do were read and go to the beach, or preferably, do both at the same time. Likewise, I fell in love with singing and dancing in high school, and I fell even more in love with doing both at the same time in my school's show choir. When I grow up, I want to be an elementary school teacher because I love kids and I want to make a tangible difference in their lives. I also want to raise a family and have kids of my own someday, as I can think of nothing more important for me to do. I'm also a writer and a blogger, and I like to spend my free time writing a wisp of a poem or the start of a story.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because being a Mormon makes me happy! My faith gives me a reason to smile, even when times are difficult. The gospel of Jesus Christ brings me such joy in knowing that I can receive forgiveness for my sins and live with my family forever someday. For me, a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ didn't come with a sudden memorable experience, but bit by bit over the years. I remember that right after I turned eight, I felt terrible that I hadn't read the Book of Mormon all the way through yet. In my little brain, I thought how could I, as a new member of the church, not have read the book of scripture so important to my religion? So one day, I woke up five minutes before I usually did and read the Book of Mormon. The day after that, I brought my scriptures to breakfast and read while I ate my Cheerios. That one day turned into a week, then a month, then a year until I finished the book... and started it again. Ever since that day, with few exceptions, I have read my scriptures every single day. My once brand new copy of the scriptures is now worn and encrusted with Cheerios, but I love their worn condition because it is a reminder of how I got my testimony as a bright-eyed, pig-tailed girl of eight. Through these experiences, I have gained a testimony that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that I am a child of God, and that He loves me. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet, and that he really did see God the Father and Jesus Christ. I know the church is true, and this knowledge gives me meaning and purpose to my life right now.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day by trying to be like Jesus Christ. I try to exemplify His life and His spirit in everything that I do. Growing up in a religiously diverse city, I often faced a lot of opposition in living my faith. I had the best of friends, however, who supported me in my decisions. Even though they were members of different faiths, they defended my right to believe as I choose and live my faith as I desire. I also have opportunities to live my faith at church. In my church congregation right now, I play the piano every Sunday for church meetings. I get to pick out the hymns we sing, and for me, it's so special to have this opportunity. I feel like music can reach places where words can't, and I feel the most peace at church when I'm sitting behind the piano, playing the hymns. With every song I play, I feel as if I'm bearing my testimony, using music to tell people what I believe in.