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Hi I'm Kayla

I'm a daughter and a sister. I'm a writer and a musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love reading, singing, playing the piano and violin, and, most of all, spending time with people I love. Even though I don't get to very often, I love going to California, (Disneyland, warm weather, the beach? Yes, please!) camping, going on ziplines, and being on the water (boating, tubing, etc.). I love French and I love dancing, especially in the kitchen with Pandora blasting. I don't like seafood, pickles, mushrooms, or olives. Actually, "don't like" is much too mild for how I feel about seafood; the smell makes me gag and I really just can't even eat it. Yuck. For the past four years I have been studying creative writing, and soon I will be graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in English. My education has helped me grow on so many levels, but I still don't know what I'm going to do with it yet. I don't even know what I want to do. That can be a scary thought, but most of the time it doesn't scare me. Why? I have a loving, supportive family, and I have the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that if I am faithful to what I know to be true, everything will turn out. Does this mean that I don't have to try, or that I'm going to get a dream job out of the blue? No. But life is bigger than I sometimes realize, and I know that God will take care of me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a wonderful family who is strong in the LDS faith, so I grew up going to church and church activities every week. It was just part of life. When I was a teenager, though, I realized that going through the motions and relying on the testimonies of my parents wasn't enough. I can't say that there was one moment where I suddenly knew the church was true; I tried to approach scripture study, prayer, seminary and institute, and church meetings with a true intent to study and learn, and because of that, my testimony of the gospel has grown. This doesn't mean I haven't had my questions, and even my doubts, but even if I don't understand everything, I have felt something living the gospel that cannot be denied. I am a Mormon because I know a loving Heavenly Father watches over me and listens to my prayers. I know that my Savior, Jesus Christ, is the perfect example of obedience and pure love, and that He experienced and overcame the pain of my sins, my weaknesses, and my trials. It is through faith in Him and following His example that I can come through the effects of these and be changed for the better. He brings me lasting joy and peace like nothing else can. This knowledge is so sweet! It sustains me through my hard times and lifts me even higher in the good ones. Christ truly is the Light, and I'm learning that as I fill my life with that light, the darkness around and within me loses its power. This doesn't mean life will be perfect, or that I will be perfect right away, but there is a strength and a peace that comes from trusting in Him and trying to follow His example that is beyond anything of this world. My testimony of this has deepened lately as I have truly put Him to the test; I have found that as I "doubt my doubts before I doubt my faith"--in Christ and in myself--it allows His light to come in. What a beautiful thing! It takes practice and patience, but I know that He really is there and can change and save me.

How I live my faith

Every day I try to be a little better than I was the day before. I try to work a little harder, exercise a little more self-control, learn a little bit more, and show a little more love. Lately I've been especially focusing on the love; rather than holding myself back, I try to be friendly to everyone around me. I look for ways to help others. I try to keep my conversations positive and uplifting; this means avoiding gossip and bad language as well as trying to focus on the good in the world, others, and myself. I'm not perfect at this by any means, but I'm working at it. I avoid movies and music that drive away good feelings. I try to show respect for my body through dressing modestly, choosing healthy food, abstaining from drugs and alcohol, and exercising. For me, religion is more than something I do on Sundays or a list of things I have to or can't do; I am working toward becoming someone that my family and God can be proud of, someone who shares the light of Christ in every part of her life.