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Hi I'm Kamille

I am the oldest of seven children and grew up in Idaho. I go to Brigham Young University. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently taking time off from my education to go and serve a mission in the Philippines. I was going to major in Biology. I wanted to be a Physician's Assistant. I am not completely sure if that is the path that I want to take, though. I will continue to ponder and pray on that issue. Luckily, I have time to decide what I want to study in college. I love music. I play the piano, violin, organ, and I sing. Both sides of my family are very musical, so I blame them for my passion for everything from Beethoven's symphonies to Earl Scruggs' bluegrass tunes. I love to dance as well. I started clogging when I was about eight years old. I only got to take classes for a couple of years before I had to quit, but I plan on taking some classes when I return to school after my mission. I think that I would really enjoy learning how to ballroom dance as well. In high school, I ran track and cross country. I hated track (running in circles is not my thing), but I LOVED cross country. I took cross country very seriously and trained very hard for it. Sadly, I over-trained and ruined my legs. That happened at the state qualifiers meet before the end of the season. That was the last time I ran until the next summer. The next year, I hurt my knee on a twenty mile hike in the Grand Tetons, and that was the end of my cross country career.

Why I am a Mormon

I am one of the few people on this planet who is lucky enough to have been born into a Mormon home. I was taught the teachings of the gospel from the day that I was born. I was baptized when I was eight years old. When I was in the fourth grade, I started getting up of my own volition at 6:00 a.m. so that I could study the Book of Mormon for half an hour before our family scripture study started at 6:30. I prayed every day both individually and with my family. I went to church each Sunday and really listened in the meetings. It was around the time that I was nine or ten years old that I realized that I had never prayed to know if the church was true...if Joseph Smith really was a prophet and really did see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the sacred grove. I had never prayed to know if Heavenly Father knew ME individually...if He knew my name. So I prayed about it. I didn't get an answer right away. I had to pray for a while. I when I did get my answer, it wasn't like a flash of lightning, or a voice in my head.I simply had a feeling of happiness and assurance. I could NOT say that none of it was true. I know that God does know ME. He loves me so so much. Joseph Smith really is a prophet. The church really is true. Every time that I finish the Book of Mormon, I still pray to know if it is true, and every time, the answer is the same. It is! The knowledge of all of these (and many more) truths makes me truly happy. It is because I know these things that I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have always been blessed with great examples in my life of people who live their faith every day. My parents are some of the best examples that I have of that. A few years ago, my Dad lost his job and was unemployed for about a year and a half. During that time, he was also serving as the bishop (unpaid spiritual adviser and leader) in our ward. This was not an easy calling, and with all of the worries of trying to provide for a wife and seven children, I am sure it added more stresses to his life than he may have chosen. But he never once complained about it. He loved the people that he served and never thought of it as a burden to give his time to them. I try to be the same way. I know that I have been given different talents and abilities than other people so that I can use them to help build up the kingdom of God. Just a few years ago, the calling of being the ward organist was extended to me. At the time, I didn't know how to play the organ. I had played the piano before, but the organ is quite a bit different from the piano. Even though I had no clue how to go about my new calling, I went forward knowing that I would be able to learn it faster than would otherwise have been possible, because I was doing what Heavenly Father wanted me to do. And I did. I learned to play the organ in two weeks. Now I am continuing to work on living my faith by giving up my own personal interests and desires for a year and a half to teach the true gospel of Jesus Christ to the people in the Philippines.