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Hi I'm Kayla

I grew up in Louisiana. I graduated third in my class. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in the church and was one of six members in my high school. I will be studying accounting in college in hopes of being able to secure a job that I can do from home in order to be a stay at home mother. I love to read- Harry Potter and Divergent are my favorite series, but Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are my favorite authors. If there are both a book and a movie out, my philosophy is to watch the movie first because the book is always better and that way you enjoy both. My favorite television series is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Giles is my FAVORITE character. I love animals, and I have three pets that I adore (a yorkie-poo, a mouse, and a hamster). I was the girls' lacrosse goalie for two years and got awesome bruises everywhere from flying balls. I like to work out, but I'm not the natural athletic type, so if you ever saw me at the gym you might wonder what the heck I'm doing there. I love to listen to music while I drive (and do anything really); Ed Sheeran and Christina Perry rock my socks off and make my tires go round, but classical is always nice, too! Art has always been a passion of mine; oil pastels, oil paint, charcoal, and graphite are my favorite mediums. I am a firm believer that once you go Prismacolor you never go back (unless you're outside of class and on a high-school-student-with-no-job income). I taught myself how to play piano, and I can stumble through the more popular church hymns without offending too many ears. I love my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon partially because I was raised one, but mostly because I know the doctrine it presents is true. There came a time in high school where I was forced to evaluate my beliefs because of the challenge of the differing beliefs of my close friends and my involvement in a philosophy class, and I concluded that God is my Heavenly Father. Jesus is His Son. The Bible is the Word of God, and so is the Book of Mormon. God wouldn't abandon His people, and so He still talks to us today through the mouths of living prophets. I know salvation comes through the Atonement of Christ alone. I know families can be together forever. I know the sweet peace the Spirit brings to those who need it and are open to it. I know that many people don't recognize the light of Christ when they see it, but that doesn't make it any less important to have it shine through my countenance anyway. I know I can repent and turn away from sin and that I will be forgiven by my Heavenly Father, even if I can't come to forgive myself just yet. I know life is hard, and that while it isn't always made easier with the gospel, it can be made brighter.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through service. I organized volunteers from my congregation to help every week at a soup kitchen and have been able to share many points of the gospel in doing so. I try to be an example to those around me; I'm not perfect, and I never claim to be, but I try to speak kindly, honestly, and in an uplifting manner. I like to slip my testimony of God being our Heavenly Father and of His eternal love for us, His children, in conversation as much as possible. Growing up in the "Bible Belt," I often encountered enthusiastic members of other religions telling me I'm not a Christian and that my eternal fate wouldn't be in any sort of pleasant place because of that, but I have always strived to show through my actions and words that I am a Christian, that I love The Lord, and that the values I have derived from my being a Mormon really and truly do make me happy. I try and keep the commandments because I want to, because I don't want to disappoint my Heavenly Father ever, and because I want others to see through my countenance that God's gospel has been restored to the earth and I know what it is, in its fullness.