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Hi I'm Rylee

I'm a wife and dental hygienist from Seattle. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in various cities all throughout the state of Washington. I moved 15 times before the age of 15, which taught me a lot about trials, change, and accepting all that God has in store for us in our lives. I currently reside in Provo, Utah with my sweet husband of almost one year. We are both attending college, and learning to enjoy this very challenging and stretching time of life. I come from a family that is strong in the Gospel. I have a mother who was a convert to the church at the age of 17. I gain strength from learning of the stories of her conversion, and the ways in which she has been greatly blessed because of the presence of the Gospel in her life. I am very appreciative of the testimonies of my parents, and the knowledge that they gave to me that God lives, He loves me, and that Jesus Christ is my Savior. Over time, I have found out for myself that these fundamental truths are in fact true, as I have prayed, and pondered the holy scriptures.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 8 years old, and someone would have asked me why I am a Mormon, my answer would probably be, "because my mom and dad are". Now as I head into my twenties, there are many reasons why I am a Mormon and will continue to be for the rest of my life. One of these reasons is due to the fundamental Mormon belief that families are forever and will continue on after this life, if we make and keep very special and sacred covenants with God. When I was 6 years old, my mother gave birth to my little brother, Cade. Cade had a developmental disorder called Trisomy 18, and because of this, had numerous complications, and was born still-born. It brings me great happiness knowing that I will be reunited with my brother Cade one day, and that the relationships I have with my husband, parents, and siblings will never end and continue on after this life. Another reason for choosing to be a Mormon is because of the knowledge that I have that I am never alone. As Mormons, another of our fundamental beliefs is that God is always with us, no matter the mistakes we make or the wrong directions we may go in our lives. I take great comfort in knowing that I can always turn to my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ, for peace, guidance, direction, comfort, or whatever else I may be in need of. I know that as I continuously follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and live up to my Mormon standards, that I will be blessed beyond measure, and that the lives of those around me will be blessed as well. I can testify that I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true church on the earth today, and that God sent his servant, Joseph Smith, to restore Christ's Gospel to it's fulness in these final days. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me very much, and wants me to return to live with Him again. I know that I have a Savior, Jesus Christ, whom I can always rely on for comfort, help, and peace. I am so grateful to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

There are many ways in which I strive to live my faith. I currently attend a very rigorous college program, where I am training to become a dental hygienist. This program has tested me in so many ways; mentally, physically, and emotionally. It's very easy to become discouraged and frustrated as I make my way through this program. I believe that by keeping a positive attitude, as well as an eternal perspective as I continue to work hard and endure through this program, that I am living my faith. I live my faith through my musical abilities as well. I have played the piano since the age of 6. There were many instances in my childhood years where I did not want to put in the practice time, attend my lessons, or perform in recital after recital. I have seen my persistence and dedication in this pay off though, since I currently serve as the piano accompanist to the choir of our local congregation. I greatly enjoy the chance to accompany in the choir, and for the spirit that I can convey as I do so. I am grateful for the opportunities I have to bless people's lives through music. Finally, I live my faith through serving those around me. Each month, I make the effort to visit two fellow women in our congregation. During these visits, we talk about our lives, what is troubling us, what we may need assistance with, and most importantly, we build each other up. As I complete these visits each and every month, I can see God's hand in the lives of these women as He strengthens them to face whatever challenge or trial they may be experiencing.