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Hi I'm Katy Brinley

I'm the oldest of seven kids. I am a college student. I love camping and the outdoors. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Katy, and I am currently a college student at Brigham Young University. I am also currently preparing to serve a full time LDS mission. I have six younger siblings, and love them all! It is so fun to do things with them. I love love love hiking and camping and doing things outside, and my favorite sport is volleyball. I got to play on my high school team, and had a blast. When I was younger, I moved around a lot, so I attended several elementary schools, which was hard, but because of it I got to meet lots of new people. This made me stretch outside my comfort zone, and I got used to making new friends and accepting lots of different kinds of people. In the summer I love going on vacations with my family! Disneyland is the best, but going to the beach is right up there too. When I was younger I also loved going to camps with our LDS youth groups. School is sometimes stressful for me, so summer is my favorite season, but when I'm in school, my favorite thing to learn about in science. I like to try new things and new kinds of food. However, I have celiacs disease and I am also lactose intolerant (which basically means I'm allergic to wheat and dairy products). I guess being allergic to that is hard sometimes, but for the most part, it just feels normal to me. My favorite color is BYU blue :) Rain is my favorite weather, and I love thunder storms. And my favorite smells are oranges, vanilla, and the rain. And that's just a little about me!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, and so I had the amazing opportunity to be baptized at the age of eight. I made the decision to be baptized because I knew then, and I know now, that this is the true church. There have been so many times in my life where I have been laden with trials and challenges that I did not think where possible for me to get through. But countless times I have felt my Heavenly Father and saviors love for me, and have felt hope through the atonement. The hope and peace that the knowledge and my testimony of this gospel gives me, is what helps me through everything. For example, just recently my grandfather passed away. We were really close, and I didn't know how I would react. But with my knowledge of the plan of salvation, it became a sweet experience, instead of one of despair, because I know he is in a better place. I know that I am a daughter of God and that this life is just a probationary period. I know that if I follow Christ's example and do my best to keep his commandments and to use his atonement that I can be with my family forever. I am so thankful that my father is a worthy priesthood holder and know that he really does hold a portion of God's power to bless and protect us. I love the feeling of security that the church gives me, because I know that no matter what the world chooses to do, or what is going on around me, that if I am living the gospel standards, the Lord will be on my side. And you can't have a greater promise of strength than that.

How I live my faith

I love to go to the Latter-Day Saint temples. Either walking around the grounds or getting to go inside, it is always so beautiful. I can feel peace there, and comfort from whatever may be on my mind. I love going to church every Sunday, and feeling the Spirit and peace there as well. I also love listening to our prophets speak during general conferences. It is always so fun to gather as a family and be able to listen to their messages of hope and faith. Through their words, I can find answers to my prayers, or things I can do to be better. I also find answers as I read the Book of Mormon. That book brings real power and the Spirit, and I always have a better day after I truly read and study it's pages. I also take LDS religion classes through my University, and I love getting to learn more doctrine and principles there. I also like to be part of service opportunities and humanitarian efforts, because of the Spirit I always feel afterwards.