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Hi I'm Kendall

I've lived on two continents, traveled Europe, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a high school graduate and live with my family in the great state of Texas. I have already received a call to serve as missionary and am assigned to labor in Peru. I am very excited and look forward to serving. Right now I am working to hard to save up as much money as I can before I leave. Besides looking forward to serving a mission, I also love the outdoors. I have been going outdoors since I was a small child. My family and I often visited state parks and did small hikes together. Once I became a boy scout, I began to embark on more ambitious hikes and learned how to backpack. The greatest backpacking trip I went on was at Philmont Scout Ranch. The country was so beautiful and it was amazing to climb and see the mountains. I am also hoping I can do a little bit of hiking while in Peru. I have heard it is also very beautiful. After my mission, I plan to go to BYU Provo and study engineering. My hope and dream is that degree will help me get into the space field where I can help develop space craft and further the presence of the human race beyond the earth's boundaries.

Why I am a Mormon

Both my parents are active members so I was raised going to church. My parents and I had all of my family members participating in family scripture study as soon as we could talk. They tried to teach me how important the gospel was in their lives. I, being an obedient child, naturally believed everything they told me and followed their examples. However, as I began to reach the end of high school and the decision to serve a mission begin to loom before me, I decided to really search and pray to know if the Book of Mormon was true and that God wanted me to serve a mission. I had never before doubted that the Church of Jesus Christ had blessed my life, but I wanted to know if this was His church and His gospel. I decided to read the Book of Mormon daily and prayed to God with the intent that if this was his church I would serve. As I did this I begin to feel the Holy Ghost testify of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I also felt at peace as I made the decision to serve a mission. From then on I have always turned to the Book of Mormon and Holy Ghost when I had questions about God and his commandments and I have always found answers.

How I live my faith

As a youth I show my faith by living the gospel of Jesus Christ. In this day and age, it is really easy for someone who doesn't swear, drink tea and coffee, and tries to follow the commandments to stand out. Many times I have surprised people with my standards and they have often expressed interest in why I keep them. This has lead to many great experiences where I have been able to share my beliefs. I also participate in church meetings and fulfill assignments such as being in charge of organizing youth activities and visiting families. My father and I visit several families each month and check up on how their doing and help them in times of need. One family we visit regularly is an elderly couple and the husband likes to do projects like building a porch, clearing land, and maintaining vehicles. We have helped him with his projects and even organized youth to help him take care of his land. My favorite part of living my faith is with my family. My family and I hold scripture study and prayer together to help each other grow closer to God. I also try to help my parents and siblings get along and participate in chores. I always try to support my siblings in their endeavors so that they know I love them. My faith is a big part of my life. It affects how I work, study, and behave around people. I am grateful for it. It has protected me from harm, brought me success in school, and love into my home. I am looking forward to sharing it as a missionary of the church.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The atonement of Jesus Christ is Christ's power to forgive us of our sins and strengthen us in our trials. Christ's atonement is necessary because everyone of us is a sinner. No matter how hard we try we cannot live a sinless life and therefore cannot go to heaven. In order to make it possible for us to receive forgiveness, Christ suffered the consequences of every person's sin and gave his life. Christ was, is, and always will be the only person who lived a sinless life on earth and so was the only person able to perform this sacrifice. His suffering gave him power to forgive us and help us as we exercise faith in him, repent of our sins, and receive sacred ordinances. Through his atonement we can become perfect and live with God again. Show more Show less