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Hi I'm Kaylene

I'm passionate about family history, hiking and quilting. I'm a missionary living in Riga, Latvia, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of four children and a grandmother of nine awesome grandkids. I love to create quilts for family, friends and others in difficult circumstances--especially those who just need a big, warm hug from someone who loves them. From the time our kids were small, we packed them up in the family van whenever we could get away, and headed for a national park to camp and hike. We have hiked every park in Southern Utah and a few in several other western states. Now we're ready to start hiking with the next generation--our grandkids! I also love to research and discover more about my ancestors. My heritage includes Waldensians from northern Italy, farmers from Southern Wales, fishermen from Norway, a Teamster from Canada, farmers from Scotland and Mayflower pilgrims from England. Their common thread was that they were people of deep religious conviction. Because of their love and faith in God, many of my ancestors left their native lands and came as pioneers to establish a new home in the mountains of Utah Territory in the mid-1800s. Years later, I was born in Salt Lake City, in the middle of a stormy east wind on a Halloween night. Maybe that's why I like caramel apples, jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin bread so much!

Why I am a Mormon

For as long as I can remember I have been a believer in God. As a young girl, I lived in upstate New York, where my father, who was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was working on his doctoral dissertation. During this time, our family lived in an old cobblestone home situated on the Church-owned historical site of the Martin Harris Farm in Palmyra. In 1830, Martin was a witness to the Book of Mormon, and had mortgaged his farm to pay for the first publication of the book. When my family lived there, the home served as a visitors center. Two of the rooms were filled with bookcases containing copies of the Book of Mormon translated into many languages. I remember often standing at those bookcases attempting to read the different languages. As I tried to read the words, I felt a stirring in my young heart. An undeniable feeling touched my soul, and I knew that the book before me was true! I knew also that Joseph Smith, the man who had translated the book, from an ancient record written by the early inhabitants of the Americans, was a prophet of God. The Book of Mormon is another witness, along with the Bible, of Jesus Christ the Son of God. I know that anyone who reads this book with a genuine desire to learn whether it is the word of God will come to know for himself/herself that it is true. It invites all to come unto Christ and receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end in keeping the commandments of God. I know the doctrine of Christ, as recorded by others who knew of and believed in Him, is true. The Book of Mormon is evidence that God reveals His will to prophets today. It is a testament of His love for us, His children. It contains the restored fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, even as it was in the meridian of time when Jesus Christ himself established his Church personally among his disciples. I know this is true. It is.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a missionary with my husband in the Baltic region of Eastern Europe. Our home is in Riga, Latvia, but we travel throughout Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Belarus. We have the privilege of working with over a hundred other missionaries, who have also traveled to this area to serve the people here and share with them our values and beliefs. I love the rich culture, centuries of history, and diversity of people whom we have met. I love inviting them to learn more about our message of faith and hope found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.