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Hi I'm Kaeli

I grew up in West Jordan, Utah. I'm a musician. I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a musician. I have just finished my first year of college studying music education with an emphasis in choir. I have just completed my first year there and am currently preparing to serve a mission in Santa Ana, El Salvador. I play the piano, the violin, the organ, the harmonica, and I sing. Besides music I have enjoy learning about life sciences such as the weather or biology. My favorite food is chicken and dumpling soup and my favorite flavor of pretty much anything is chocolate. I enjoy reading, writing poetry, drawing, and composing music. I love playing volleyball, going bowling, swimming, and going dancing. I love playing videogames, Kingdom Hearts being my favorite, and I'm an avid movie watcher. My favorite books/movies are the "Lord of the Rings" saga, and my favorite TV show is BBC's "Merlin". However, my favorite thing to do is just spending time with people I love, whether we're playing board games, watching a movie, or just laughing together.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. I have two wonderful parents who have always been such strong examples to me of faith, and I have always able to rely on their testimonies. When I turned 12, I participated in a girl's camp with the theme "Voyage of the Light Seekers". The entire camp was based on the "Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and the parallels it holds with our church. It made me wonder if I was doing everything I could to search for light and truth, so after a lesson I went up to my room and prayed for forgiveness of my sins, asking for my own testimony of the gospel. This is the first time I gave such a prayer, and the first time I remember truly feeling that my Father in Heaven was listening to me. I could feel my burdens being lifted and I felt such peace. I had never doubted that this church that my parents believed in was true, but this was the first time I really started to feel that for myself. I have had many experiences since then that have increased my faith in my Heavenly Father and in this church. I have had moments where I have faltered and misplaced my priorities, but I have always been able to turn to my Father in prayer and humbly ask forgiveness, and I'm always able to return to him. I love my Heavenly Father, and I know He loves me. I know that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be the Savior of the World. He atoned for all of our sins. He has felt all of our joys, pains, sadness, loneliness, and hardships in this life, and He will comfort us during our hard times if we turn to Him. I have read the Book of Mormon, have prayed about it, and know it to be true. I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet, that through him the fullness of God's church was restored, and that God continues to speak to us today through modern prophets. I am so excited to preach this gospel to other children of God. I love this church and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I have served in many callings over the last few years, most of them being music related, but my most recent calling in the church was as the pianist for our ward choir. I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to use my talents to serve others as I have played the music for countless meetings, helped run choir practices, and performed in meetings and activities. Music is one of the easiest ways for me to feel the spirit, and I love sharing that spirit with others. As a teenager, I was also called to several leadership opportunities. I was called to be the president of each of the classes of young women at one point or another and I was able to serve as a youth leader at Girls Camps. These callings gave me opportunity to help plan activities, to get to know my peers better, and to search for ways to serve the other girls in my ward. I loved these callings as well as they helped me to have service opportunities and to gain confidence in my own abilities.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Kaeli
Not all Mormons are required to serve a mission. As part of their priesthood calling, men are commanded by God to go on missions but we also believe in free agency. It is their choice whether or not they obey. Women are not given the same commandment but they are always welcomed in the field if they desire to go. I felt the desire to serve a mission from a young age, and have always determined that I would prepare myself if the Lord wanted me to go. As the time got closer, I prayed about it more and more and got my answer as I was visiting the temple. I was reading the scriptures in Jacob chapter five, and I was reading the section about how the Lord of the vineyard commanded his servants to go out into the vineyard one final time before it was burned down, that they may reap the fruits thereof. I felt the distinct impression that I was one of these servants, and that I needed to go out and teach prepare his children for his coming. I have since been called to the Santa Ana, El Salvador mission, and am working hard so that I can be ready to serve in every way I can. There are many different kinds of missions that we can serve, and missions certainly aren't for everybody, but if the desire is in your heart then you should prayerfully seek guidance from the Lord. He will tell you what you need to know, and won't ever tell you to do something that you aren't capable of doing. He won't guide you astray, and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. Show more Show less