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Hi I'm Kathleen

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I guess you could say I'm a scientist. I have a master's degree in physics and I'm currently working on a PhD in astronomy. I'm hoping to go to medical school after my PhD. Maybe you could also say I'm a professional student. But I love learning. I love science, and I love knowing how the universe works. I want to be a doctor so that I can use science to improve people's lives.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the Mormon church, both of my parents are converts to the church. They found the church when they were searching for answers to important questions about life, and that's one of the most important things the church does for me. It gives me answers to many questions, and it gives me hope that questions that are now unanswered do in fact have answers that we will learn one day. The church gives me the knowledge that I am a daughter of heavenly parents who want me to become like them. It also gives me the power to be with my family for all of eternity.

How I live my faith

I think my favorite part of church on Sundays is Sunday school class. I see Sunday school not so much as a class but as a discussion group. I used to be the Sunday school teacher we all kind of take turns having different jobs in the church, and I always made it my goal to have the people in the class do more talking than I did. A class like that is such a great place for everyone to learn and share together, and I always come away from it with new thoughts and ideas about how to improve my life and be a happier person.

Are Mormons Christians?

Kathleen
Absolutely. We may have some different beliefs than other Christian churches, and we have other scriptures in addition to the Bible, but these other scriptures testify constantly of Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice and power to save us. Jesus Christ is our savior and exemplar, and we follow his teachings and strive to become like him. At the same time, we know that we are not perfect and that it is only through his power and grace that we can hope to one day become like him. I love Jesus Christ with all of my heart and thank him every day for his sacrifice and his divine help that allows me to overcome my mistakes and weaknesses. Show more Show less

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

Kathleen
Yes, visitors are always welcome! In most places the main worship meeting, called Sacrament Meeting is first although in some places it's last, and that's when everyone, including children and babies, gathers together to sing and pray and take the Sacrament similar to Communion in other Christian churches. There are usually also a few talks given by members of the congregation, but one Sunday a month is set aside for any who wishes to share their testimony. A testimony is basically just a statement of what we believe is true and maybe some specific parts of the gospel that have recently become important to us. After Sacrament meeting, there are classes for different groups in the ward. There's usually a special class for new members and visitors, so that's a great place to go and ask any questions! Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Kathleen
I think the main reason is that we've found something that makes us very happy and gives us a lot of hope and we want to share it with others! It's not that we think that everyone is wrong except us, and we won't be offended if you're not interested in what we have to say. But we have a lot of information about God and his plan for us, and we just want to make sure everyone else has a chance to get that information and choose for themselves whether or not to incorporate it into their lives. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Kathleen
Well, I'm a Mormon woman, so I can tell you what I'm like! I'm single, I'm working on a PhD, I love to cook and swim and knit and crochet, and I'm learning to play the violin. I'm applying to medical school soon, and I hope to one day get married and become a mother, although I'm not necessarily in a big hurry to do so. I know that things like that happen in God's own time. But if you asked another Mormon woman the same question, you'd probably get a completely different answer, because there are all kinds of women in the church. The church teaches women that it's very important to get an education and to pursue their own unique talents and interests. It also teaches men the same thing. Although we obviously believe that men and woman are bit different which is pretty obvious, we absolutely believe that we are all equal. We're of equal value and God loves us equally. As a woman, I've certainly experienced sexism in some situations in my life, but it's never happened at church. Church is one safe place where I feel that women are highly valued and respected. Show more Show less