Hi I'm Kathy
I am a 17-year old girl, getting ready to graduate this coming year. I like to sing and dance (when no one is really watching), and I love listening to music. I hope to be able to get into a BYU school, or into ASU, and major in Elementary Education. I'm not sure what grade I want to teach yet, but I know that I love kids. I also love to work with Stage Theater. I have performed in various shows since middle school and started working with the Lights for the stage 2 years ago. I have loved it ever since.
Why I am a Mormon
The question should be, why am I still Mormon. My Patriarchal Blessing. It is one of the greatest gifts that God has given to us and it lives with us through our entire life. This may be an incorrect definition for it, but personally, I feel like it's a letter from Heavenly Father to me that I can read whenever and still find something or feel something new. What it really is, it is like map/guide of our life if we remain faithful. I love it because it shows that Heavenly Father really does know me personally. He even knows things about me that I have yet to find out. In the end, my answer would simply be that it makes me happy! After I've done something wrong, the feeling of the guilt leaving me, thanks to the Atonement, is one of the greatest feelings I could ever receive. I know that I'm not perfect, but that I can be someday. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me no matter what I have done in the past or what I might do in the future. I love this gospel and I have a testimony of its truth.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
I had a personal experience that I can never forget. It was an experience when I was very young (before I was baptized?) that I shared with the Holy Ghost. There was a very old and large tree that fell and I could have been in the middle of that mess. However, the Holy Ghost protected me and I don't know where I'd be if I hadn't listened to its urgent promptings. That moment was the first time I had a true testimony of the gospel.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
One of my favorite things about this gospel is that it tells of a plan. A plan that I am a part of. Life before this, my mortal life now, and life after death. Knowing that there's life after death, and knowing that it doesn't just end, makes me feel less afraid to die; and less sorrowful of others' deaths. Not that I don't mourn, I just know that they are in Heavenly Father's hands.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Although I've only recently been getting into the habit of daily prayer, it has always been a part of my life. Even if I wasn't kneeling down, or my eyes weren't closed, or my arms weren't folded, I would pray in my heart. Whenever I don't know what to do about something, I would pray. Whenever I am seeking forgiveness or love or mercy, I would pray. Whenever I'm scared, I would pray. In the past, I had a hard time praying because I would have nothing to say. However, I am starting to realize that that's okay. Heavenly Father wants to hear from us no matter when or what is happening.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
Sometimes, I would just get a feeling. Other times I would get an image in my head.
How I live my faith
I mostly live my faith by just being an example. I know that people watch what I do and don't do and respect me for my standards. I try to be everyone's friend whether they are LDS or not and respect what they choose to do although I do not encourage it. I hope that when it is time for them to receive the gospel, they will remember my example and my happiness in the church. I also hope that I will find the courage to approach them. I also exercise my callings, whether it is the class president or Stake Youth Committee member. In these callings, I would either help plan events or plan activities; think of others and how we can help them; be a support to others. No matter what the calling is, it always ends up teaching me something. I grow as a person in these callings and it makes me feel stronger. It also allows me to get to know others in the church and help in any way that I can.