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Hi I'm Kaitlyn

I am currently a serving an LDS mission. I love the outdoors and running. I am a twin, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the third sibling out of four in my family. Ever since I was a child, I have enjoyed making jokes and exercising my creativity. I loved participating in the elementary school plays each year. On many Sundays, you could find my family playing a number of board games from Monopoly to Yahtzee. I always love spending time with family, and making memories on family vacations. In High School, I was a part of my school's student government. Being a part of a team and learning to serve others helped me to grow in my love for the student body. I also was a member of the track team. I ran in the sprints events, my favorite being the 400m dash. After High School, I attended a university for a year. My favorite activities were to go to the dance parties, camp out for sports events, and explore the beautiful outdoors that surrounded the campus. As I lived on my own for this year, I worked at an ice cream shop and learned about 30 different flavors and what were in them. Now, I am currently serving a mission in the Ecuador for an 18 month period.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family already members of the church. However, that did not mean that I would automatically have a testimony. In my childhood, I struggled to sit through 3 hours of church. At times, I felt like I was dong things out of habit than love for my Savior. When I was a little older, my bishop invited me to read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover. So I began reading, and finished the book within a year or so. That is when my testimony really began to grow. It was not an overwhelming realization overnight, but I felt such a greater strength in my daily life. Since then, I have read the Book of Mormon multiple times through. Each time, I am surprised to find how well it applies to my current life situations. Furthermore, following the principles of the gospel has brought me so much happiness. From an outside perspective, it may seem like the LDS church has a lot of "rules." Yet, I view them as guidelines to a successful and happy life. God gives us commandments so that we can have the power to exercise our free agency. I know when I am following the commandments, I feel closest to my Father in Heaven and the Savior. I love the gospel with all my heart. It has turned me into the person I am today. I have grown a sincere relationship with my Savior. I know that he died for each of us so that we could turn to Him at any time in our life. This gospel has changed me, and I know it will continue to change me for the better as I take advantage of the still peace it offers in this confusing world.

How I live my faith

While I attended college, I was a teacher for my sunday school class. I loved being able to prepare lessons as I sought after those things which would touch the hearts of the class members. I had to rely on the Savior and the spirit in order to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord. Serving in the church has brought me some of my greatest joys in life. My wards at home and at college have always supported me. I am grateful for the wonderful leaders that have always believed I had something important to offer in the Lord's plan. I think that is one of the essential thing to learn in this church. There is a place for everyone in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is like we are one giant puzzle, and each different person fits in perfectly to create a magnificent masterpiece. No matter what talents we think we do or do not have, God has a plan for each of us in building up His Kingdom on the earth. He loves us, and He needs each of us to humble ourselves and sacrifice our time to Him. I know that as I have sacrificed Saturday evenings out with friends to prepare lessons, I have felt the blessing pour out upon me. I plan to continue to serve in the church not only in callings, but by befriending those in the ward to create an atmosphere of love.