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Hi I'm Katie

I was born in the Southern United States. I now live in a smaller Utah town.

About Me

I am a college graduate. I teach 6th grade in a smaller town in Utah. I am not married. I am very much involved in my ward (congregation). I currently serve in the Relief Society Presidency. I volunteer once a week at the Temple helping patrons with Family History. I am involved with local music groups, playing with a chamber orchestra right now. My favorite musical events are non-denominational hymn singing and annual performances of Handel's Messiah and other great works that share messages of the Savior. I love the Bible and the Book or Mormon and read from them and ponder the verses everyday.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to be born into a family of Mormon parents. My mother is a convert. She was taught by the missionaries when she was a freshman in college. She knew that what they taught was truth (because of answers to prayers and personal revelation) and chose to be baptized. She later met my father, who was raised in the Mormon Church in a family who had been members for a few generations. They were married in the Washington, D.C. Temple. Membership in the Mormon Church is important to my parents. They taught be about the Godhead: God the Father, Jesus Christ, and Holy Ghost. They taught me from the scriptures. They shared with me their testimonies of the gospel. They took me to my church meetings when I was young and encouraged me to go as I grew older. As I grew and learned from them, I sought to find out for myself if the things they were teaching me and the things I was learning at Church was true. I have prayed and asked God about specific commandments, precepts, and principles taught to me. I have received answers for myself that these things are true. As I live the things I am taught, I am happy--a happiness that I don't experience any other way.

How I live my faith

I attend my church services every Sunday. My favorite part of the meetings are worshiping through song (hymn singing). I love to sing in congregational choirs. I started playing the organ for our congregational meetings when I was 16. I have served in a variety of compacities at church. I have worked with the teenage girls as their teacher. I have taught Sunday School to various ages: 12-13 boys and girls, college students, and adults. I currently serve in a leadership position for our women's organization (Relief Society). I attend the Temple at least once a week. I volunteer at the Temple on Friday nights helping patrons with their Family History. I work with several people who were unfamiliar with the Mormon religion until they met me. I enjoy answering their questions and sharing my testimony of Jesus Christ with them. I live the principles and precepts of my Church. I obey the commandments as best I can. I strive each day to live a little better and do a little more.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Katie
The family is the basic unit of the Church. We believe that purpose of our time on earth is to prove our obedience and demonstrate stewardship and accountability. We are placed in family units to foster these traits. We also believe that families are eternal, meaning that we can live and progress with our families even after our time on earth. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Katie
Missionaries, their families, and even their neighbors fund their own missions. Those who have been members of the Church for most or all of their lives will often put aside money to save for a mission. My great aunt set money aside in a trust to be used by her descendants to partially fund their missions and college tuition. My parents made up the rest for my sisters and brother to serve a mission. In some circumstances, neighbors and friends will help pay for a missionary to serve. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Katie
A typical church service lasts three hours and is comprised of a variety of meetings. We have a congregational meeting where there is singing of hymns, praying, administration of the sacrament (the main purpose of the meeting), and talks (sermons given by any asked member of the congregation) or testimonies (by any volunteer member of the congregation) shared. A Sunday School meeting is attended where we study the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other scriptures (or other specialty classes such as Family History, Family Relationships, Temple Preparation, etc) are studied. Even the young children attend Sunday School Classes. The final meeting is specific to age and even gender. The children attend Primary where they learn and sing songs about the gospel and are taught lessons from the scriptures. Teenagers attend Young Men and Young Women where they are also taught lessons from the scriptures and specific principles and commandments that pertain to the temptations and life experiences they face. The adult women attend Relief Society and the adult men attend Priesthood Quorums (groups). The adults are also taught lessons from the scriptures and modern revelation. They also discuss practical information relevant to raising families. All are welcome in our church meetings. You can find a service near you by using the Meetinghouse Locator or mormon.org. Do not hesitate to introduce yourself to a member of the congregation and feel free to ask questions in a quiet manner during the service and definitely afterward. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Katie
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. The other two members of the Godhead are God the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ. As is taught in the New Testament in the 14th Chapter of John, Jesus would not leave us comfortless after He left the mortal realm. He would send us the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, to "teach [us] all things, and bring all things to [our] remembrance". The Holy Ghost plays many vital roles in our lives. He is a Comforter, bringing the love and strength of the other members of the Godhead to any one of us who stands in need of comfort. He is a Guide, teaching us all things and helping us to discern good from evil. He is a Revelator, testifying of truth and aiding us in our quest for personal revelation (the power to know for ourselves). As is taught in the Book of Mormon in the 10th chapter of Moroni "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." These scriptures mean that you can, and should, ask in sincere prayer for a personal testimony of all truth. You should inquire of the Lord all things. If you ask God about the truthfulness of a certain commandment, you can receive a witness from the Holy Ghost. You will then know for yourself (rather than being forced to believe others) that these things are true. After a person is baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they are then given the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands (Acts 8:19) through the power of the Priesthood. As long as a person remains righteous, keeping the commandments of God, he/she can have the Holy Ghost with him/her ALWAYS. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Katie
All that we have is a gift from God. The only thing we possess that is our own is our will, or in other words, our obedience. The Law of Tithing is one way to demonstrate our obedience. We are given so much. We are asked to show our gratitude and to demonstrate our willingness to follow God's laws by giving back a 10% tithing. The Law of Tithing has been practiced since the times of Abraham as recorded in Genesis 14. As is taught in Malachi chapter 3, we are commanded to pay tithes so "that there may be meat in mine house". The money that comes from tithing is used to build chapels and temples, fund missionary work and church operation needs, and to pay for education materials used in our church meetings. When we pay our tithing, we are blessed temporally (meaning financially and physically) as well as spiritually. God has promised that He will "open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing" if you pay an honest tithe. Show more Show less