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Hi I'm Kaylee

I'm love music, nature, and people in general. I often start fires on the stove while attempting to cook, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a university student, studying English Education with a Spanish Ed minor. I graduated high school early, allowing me to get a year and a half of post-secondary education under my belt before I sent in my application to be a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am the oldest of eight children, which can sometimes be difficult, although very rewarding. I wouldn't have it any other way. I grew up in a home where my father's job took us all over the country, and even took him to war zones across the world for several months at a time. My youngest brother has Down syndrome (a developmental disability), whom I had to learn to administer to and care for, along with my other younger siblings. I was a swim team captain for my high school, and participated in a youth group basketball program. I like just about any food imaginable, except for seafood. For some reason, it's like my grandmother and goat cheese; she simply can't stomach it. All in all, life can be hard, but it is also so beautiful. The tender mercies of the Lord are all around us.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family in which my parents already belonged to the church. Thus, I've grown up in the church my entire life. However, my decision to stay a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been my own, and not because of my parents. I've already mentioned how my dad was often away from home out of necessity for his job, and how my brother struggles with a disability and my family moves around the country often. These things were each difficult in their own way, and brought me to my knees on several occasions. I haven't said anything about my own personal struggles and trials that were mine and mine alone, though. During my teenage years, I struggled deeply with OCD, depression, and anxiety. It became debilitating, and to the point when I didn't feel like I could move forward anymore. Despite this, I did not ever want to give up. No matter what. Over time, and with help from my church leaders, family members, and friends, I came to really learn and experience the power of the Savior's atonement and sacrifice for me personally. I learned that Jesus Christ didn't just die for me; He suffered, bled, and sacrificed for me in such as way that not only would my sins be forgiven and paid for, but also my pain, suffering, heartache, burdens, and hurt would be swallowed up in Him. This is because of His infinite love and divine grace. I also learned that families can be together forever, and that happily ever after exists. I found these truths through the Mormon church, but I also found the truths about how I could implement my Savior's sacrifice into my life. Faith without works is dead, and I'm willing to show my Heavenly Father and Savior that I will follow them in faith, and in works. If I'm going to follow my Savior, I'm going to have to do the things that He did, and walk the path that He Himself did. I know the church is true, and that I will not be led astray in this purpose as I heed the counsel and gospel that Christ's church gives me.

How I live my faith

I am heavily involved in church activities. They're amazing, and the people that you meet, serve, and interact with are even more so. During my years as a youth, I served as a leader over several others in my area, where I was responsible for planning youth group activities and serving and befriending youth like myself. After I graduated high school, I became a Sunday School teacher for the primary children, ages 3-12. I loved teaching them about Christ as their Savior and Redeemer. Then I began attending college, where I began serving in the church as a pianist, a family home evening (once a week activity similar to youth group meant for individual families or groups of young single adults) leader, refreshment specialist (yes, it's a real thing), and visiting teacher. Visiting teaching is where two women are paired up as a team and assigned to look out for, teach, and serve a small group of other women in the congregation. As everyone fulfills their visiting teaching or home teaching (for men to look out for, visit, and serve other families as a whole) assignments, everyone in the church has a great support system and people to rely on when things get rough. Everyone is taken care of. I participate in church and school choirs, too. I've also done a lot of tutoring throughout my education. I absolutely love it.