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Hi I'm Kayla

I grew up in Colorado. I love to Irish dance, sing, and try new things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the second youngest of 6 siblings and I am currently attending college and plan to major in Theatre Education with a minor in Chemistry Teaching. These two subjects are my great loves and provide me a nerdy solace from everyday life. I was born with a heart defect that very nearly cost me my life at just 11 months old, but because of my tenacious mother and merciful Heavenly Father, I was able to be healed. I have anxiety and at times struggle with depression. Life is hard- as my friends and I like to say, the struggle is real- but I'm learning to get through life one step at a time. Instead of looking at my anxiety as an obstacle, I like to think of it as an opportunity to learn about myself: I love to learn about everything and this is no exception. I love to dance, and so far, Irish dance is my favorite style. I love the music and I feel it helps me connect with my ancestry. Most of all, everything about it just feels right. I love music in general, too, and have taken piano and voice lessons in addition to participating in high school band and church choirs. I'm stubborn and don't always do what my parents suggest, but I'm learning from those mistakes and how to trust others in general. I don't like to bother others with my problems, even if I desperately need help, but I'm working on it.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because this church is true. I was born into the church, so I admittedly don't have as much experience with other religions as I might like. But as I've studied the scriptures and the words of the prophets and thought things out for myself, I've come to appreciate how simple and true the Mormon church is. Everything fits together, and the more I try to learn, the more everything falls into place. Sure, there are mysteries. I don't have all the answers. But I know enough to keep asking questions, and Heavenly Father rewards me with the knowledge I seek. I know my Heavenly Father loves me and wants me to come home to live with Him, and He is so patient with my slow, human pace. He helps me reason through my doubts, and if I trust Him enough to tell me the truth, He reveals the answers to me. A key point in developing my confidence in the gospel happened when I was just 9 or 10. My family took frequent trips to visit my oldest sister at college, and I had just gotten back from one of these trips when I realized my precious GameBoy was missing. It had my favorite Pokémon game in it and the thought of it being gone forever would have undone me. I looked and looked. I checked my room, the car, every inch of the house, and I asked my dad, the master finder, to help me look for it, but still it remained lost. Finally, I thought to myself: Hey, Heavenly Father knows everything, right? So He should know where my GameBoy is! I knelt and prayed and that night I had a dream that I had found my GameBoy. I woke up and checked the spot it was in in my dream, even though I had already looked there before, and there it was. I learned that Heavenly Father loves me enough to reward even the tiniest act of faith over the most inconsequential matter. I could've lived without a GameBoy. I could've bought another game. But Heavenly Father wanted to show me that He was listening, that He is always listening, and that He loves me enough to care about the things I care about, too

How I live my faith

In church, I serve as part of the leadership of the women's group. This group is made up of girls living in my hallway in my dorm building. Because of this, I get to experience many different roles: sometimes I help plan activities, other times I get to teach the girls how to make craft projects. Best of all, in my opinion, I get to teach a lesson in church. This is always with another teacher, so the difficulties of teaching a full lesson while juggling college and other obligations don't fall on just one person. I love to teach because, as the saying goes, "to teach is to learn twice". When I get a lesson topic, I get to learn more about that topic and think about it harder than I've ever had to before. I gain new insights and gain an even deeper understanding of my religion. Perhaps more importantly, I have the opportunity to share what I learn with the girls in my hall. I can help them learn and grow and maybe bring new information into their lives. I love the thought that maybe, just maybe, what I'm teaching them has answered a question they've had or has helped them improve their lives, even if it's just by a little bit. I am so grateful that I can serve my friends in such a capacity.