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Hi I'm Kysen Burnett

Born and raised in Ogden, UT. Recently graduated high school. Preparing to serve a mission. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Kysen and I live in Utah. I recently graduated High School and, honestly, I miss every second of it. My high school experience, while challenging and life changing, was exceptional. A big strength in my life was my theatre teacher. She always reminded me of my worth and often bore her testimony to me - through her actions. While I have been through many good times in my life, there have also been bumps. In 2011 I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type 3. This particular disease means my joints are hyper-flexible. While I am only 18 years old, my joints and bones are near 85 years old. Due to this I am not allowed to run at all, I can only walk 3 miles a day, and am extremely limited. Anything I do beyond my limitations, puts me at high risk for severe injury. This, however, has never stopped me from serving my Heavenly Father. Near the end of my high school career my very best friend finally knocked some sense into me. He helped me find myself again and by doing so, I found my Heavenly Father and my light again. I love my Heavenly Father with every fiber of my being and I will spend the rest of my life serving Him, and helping others find Him and understand the light, joy, and comfort He and His gospel has to offer.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon. Not only am I a Mormon, but I am proud of it. Because I take pride in this, I prefer to not use the slang of the world when it comes to identifying myself. Rather than saying I am a Mormon, I'd much rather say - with conviction - that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am proud of that title. I have chosen to be a member of this church. Yes, I was raised in the Church. But, my parents never forced me to go. They let me choose what I wanted to do. So, just like anybody else, I had to go through my own trials, research, etc., and build my own testimony. I had to be converted to the Church just like anyone else. My faith was stretched to the max and put under a lot of pressure while I was in high school. Through those experiences and the experiences of my peers and friends, I was able to truly see the hand of God in my life. I found that when I would not pray, read the Book of Mormon, or do the things associated with my callings or status as a member, I would be unhappy. As I did those things and tried to build my testimony and strengthen my faith, I was so much happier. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints offers me a sense of peace and comfort that I have never been able to find anywhere else. I know with every fiber of my being that God lives, God loves, and this is His true church. I know He is my Father and I can talk to Him. I also know that He provides modern day prophets to us so we can receive revelation from Him in these troublesome times. I know Joseph Smith was called of God to open this dispensation and that Thomas S. Monson is the true prophet on the earth today. I know Jesus Christ suffered and died for my sins and me personally so that I can be forgiven of my sins through the Atonement and return to live with my Heavenly Father. I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the one and only 100% true church of God. It is my goal to spend my life as one in service to God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing the best I can with any task I am given. There have been many times when I have been given a task that seems daunting or unachievable for someone of my young age, but I know that anything I am asked to do comes from my Heavenly Father and that He will not ask me to do anything I cannot handle. I know that may sound cliché but, it is so true! Our Father in Heaven knows our limitations. While we may think that we cannot handle something because it is out of the bounds of our skill level, Heavenly Father knows we can handle it. It may push us and take us out of our comfort zone, but that's what it's supposed to do. That's exactly what needs to happen if we want to be better and progress. The purpose of this life is stated very clearly in the Book of Mormon. Alma chapter 34 verse 32 says, "For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors." THE PURPOSE OF THIS LIFE IS TO WORK AND BE TESTED SO THAT WE MAY RETURN TO GOD. When you encounter a trial, do not think God is cursing you, rather, know that He is blessing you. He is helping you accomplish the purpose of life and return to Him. He loves you. As my good friend has said, "Choose Faith over Fear."