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Hi I'm Kaylee

I'm a word-lover. I'm a Hawkeye. I'm a part-time farmer and an activist. Also, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a university student living in Iowa. I love books; I can't get over the way reading can take you anywhere and teach you anything. That's why I study writing & communication and intern with a publishing company, I want everyone else to discover how important and impactful a single sentence can be. My time outside of words is spent at concerts and rallies in my city, on the bank of any lake or pond I can find, working on the 130 year-old family farm, and helping out at church. I try to spend as much of my time as possible doing what's most important to me. Music matters to me. Standing up for people who deserve to be heard matters to me. Appreciating the great outdoors matters to me. Family and hard work matter to me. My faith matters most.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I choose to be. I gained a testimony and a reason to live the gospel mostly because I've seen my life without it. I was born into the Church, but I didn't always understand what that meant for the way I acted, the things I said, and the way I lived. It took me about 18 years to understand that church wasn't somewhere Mom made me go on Sunday. In the times when I saw church as just a location, things weren't too great. I was exhausted, easily overwhelmed, and saw all the sadness in the world as inescapable. It was easy to break commandments because I didn't understand why we had them in the first place. After experiencing life without the Gospel, I can appreciate the power it gives me more now. I'm a Mormon because this gospel gave me forgiveness, a bigger and better family than I could've imagined, an incredible comfort, the best place to learn, and faith to rise up and see my life as a gift and a chance to learn, help, and show love instead of focusing on and joining the overwhelming day-to-day hate and anger. I'm a Mormon because I love the hope and faith and perspective it brings to change lives. It made me a better person.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in lots of little ways. I try hard to always be conscious of what and Who I'm representing in everything I do, because sometimes people take the opinion they have on a single person and use it to define an entire group. I love my religion; I hope that by living the best I can, people around me will see me in a brighter light, and see the LDS Church in a better way too. I go out and teach with the missionaries in my area a lot. I love to get to know the investigators they're teaching, and to be a part in helping them turn their lives around a little bit. Each Thursday, I go to church for a few hours for institute class where we read scriptures and learn from the stories and comments of classmates how much God loves everyone, and what I can do to show him I love Him too. I'm also in charge of planning Monday night activities for all the college-age church members who live around me and their friends. It's so much fun to know I get to meet up with my friends and have a good time playing sports or making up silly competitions every Monday.