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Hi I'm Kensie Cluff

I grew up in Utah, I have lived in more than eight houses, I am the oldest of seven, I want to be an author, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love reading and writing, especially middle-grade fiction/fantasy. I love princesses and dragons and towers and oceans and swords and sailing ships. This means I also love Disney movies: my favorite is probably Princess and the Frog, closely followed by Sleeping Beauty and/or Tangled, although Big Hero 6 is probably up there too. Besides those somewhat-juvenile obsessions, I love hiking, camping, eating good food, and spending time with my family. I enjoy learning about new things, especially behind-the-scenes things that most people don't get to see. For example, I work as a custodian in a publication building and it is fascinating to see the machines and to see how many people put so much effort into just one quarterly publication. I am currently a college student, studying English Language. I would love to be a writer or an editor, but if nothing else, I hope to be a mom. It probably won't happen for a little while yet (I struggle with talking to boys), but I am so excited to have and raise a family someday.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a member of the Church. At first, it was mostly because that was what my parents did and then it was because it was a habit, one of those things I just did. And it made me happy; I liked it. As a freshman in high school I decided I needed to discover for myself if the Book of Mormon (and, by association, Joseph Smith and the entire Church) was true. So I studied my scriptures every morning and prayed to know that what I was reading was true. And one day it hit me that there was no way Joseph Smith could have ever translated a lost ancient language engraved on golden plates into English unless it was by the power of God. Which means Joseph was telling the truth and the Book of Mormon was true and the Church as a whole was true. That was a moment of spiritual enlightenment, and it changed my life. Later, as a junior in high school, my family moved. It was a tough move for me and, as much as I tried to be optimistic about it, I was depressed. Without my even realizing it, my testimony was shaken. The spring after junior year I attended Girl's State, a week of playacting politics with other girls from across the state. Call me a sheltered Utah-Mormon, but it was my first real experience with people not of my faith. My three best friends that week were Nazarene, Baptist, and Ultra-Catholic. One night, my roommate (the Nazarene) and I began discussing religion. She asked several questions that I could not answer. I realized that I didn't know nearly as much as I thought I did. I realized that week (and the next and the next) that in my depression I had lost my faith and, by doing so, I had lost my happiness. So I began a re-conversion process. I prayed, read my scriptures, and attended church, with a sincere desire to find true happiness. And I did. I came back to my Savior. I came back to the knowledge that God loves me, that He wants me to be happy, and that He has provided a way. I came back to the Gospel and I love it. It makes me truly happy.

How I live my faith

I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, my parents were too, so it is very much a part of who I am. My daily schedule includes scripture study and prayer and my Sundays are dedicated to church services, quality time with people I love, and often family history. I have been most involved in the church through Family History. As teenagers, my brother and I were called to help teach the people in our ward and stake about the three parts of family history (indexing, finding names, and finding/uploading stories/pictures). My calling in college is very similar: I am a member of the ward family history committee, charged with getting people excited about this "old folks stuff". (Note: it is definitely NOT just for old folks.) I love family history. I have also loved the youth programs in the church. The Young Women leaders are kind and caring women who not only relate to our sometime-ridiculous teenage problems, but whose support and love often leads to lasting friendships. That may sound like an advertisement, but it's true. It is amazing how an hour or two a week sewing or laughing or ice-skating or eating ice cream with girls and women who understand and who love you can make such a difference. The adult women's program - Relief Society - is very similar. There is a feeling in Relief Society that can be found no where else. To stand in a room surrounded by women of all ages and stages of life, united by common beliefs and love, and to know that they will be there when you need help and that you can be there when they need help, that is a wonderful experience. To be honest, though, church is not always like that. Sometimes you feel judged and sometimes you are let down. But that is life. No one anywhere - members of the church included - is perfect. It is, however, the attitude with which we approach life that determines what we'll get out of it. And if all else fails, push through, because things will be okay in the end.