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Hi I'm Kayla

I grew up in Colorado. I'm studying to be a foreign correspondent. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of four girls. I am currently a senior at Brigham Young University studying journalism, French, and international diplomacy. I've played soccer my whole life, and I love getting together with my sister and friends for a game of pick-up tunnel soccer. I love to read; I'm currently going through a lost generation phase. In my free time, I love to travel, write, and spend time outdoors. I hope to become a foreign correspondent and tell the stories that wouldn't be told otherwise.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church; my mother's family during pioneer times, and my father converted while he was attending flight school. I loved singing songs in primary and sitting next to my friends at church. When I was eleven, though, my parents got divorced, and we slowly stopped going to church. It was difficult going to a church where we felt like we no longer fit the ideal of the perfect family, but I think we missed it every week. My mother would still sing along to her "Woman at the Well" album in the car, and my father would still take his travel-sized scriptures on business trips with him. I would go to church with my friends sometimes, but I missed going with my family. It felt different and incomplete to go to church without them. I missed my family, and I missed the happiness I felt when attending church. Through it all, though, I never stopped feeling Heavenly Father's love. He was with me always, even when I didn't realize. My mother and I started attending church again my senior year of high school. I received the one-year seminary certificate, and I applied and was accepted to BYU. I am now a senior at BYU, and I know attending this school has brought so many opportunities and happiness to my life. Attending this church brings me more happiness than I have ever known otherwise. I feel free knowing Heavenly Father loves me and that I have the power to constantly change and improve. I am not a Mormon simply because I was born into the church; I am a Mormon because I know what it is like to live without the constant presence of Christ, and I have learned that true happiness is found by growing close to Him and building a testimony within the church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by showing others the kind of love that Christ would show them. I am grateful for my time spent outside the church because it gave me a better understanding for others and the many circumstances under which we all live. It is important to let love and acceptance overtake fear and judgement in our every day lives — just as Christ did. I choose to reach out to those who would might not expect it or ask for it. I choose to be a friend to people regardless of religion, race, past, or present. When my family stopped going to church, Jesus did not love us any less; if anything, He wanted us to feel His love even more, so we would return to His fold. I want to be a light for others around the world, so they know they are always loved and never forgotten.