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Hi I'm Katie

I'm a future teacher. I'm a student. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I absolutely love being a missionary. I love speaking Spanish. I love the beach. I love food. I love playing the ukulele. I love snowboarding. I love stand-up comedy. Most of all, I love the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was only 8 years old, I made a decision to be baptized into this Church. That is a decision that I have never regretted! I grew up knowing that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me no matter what. I grew up with a support system of friends, teachers, leaders and classmates who were always there for me. As time has passed, I have realized little by little that what I discuss and read about in Church is truth. Pure, simple, beautiful truth. I have had my share of doubts and questions. In fact, I believe that everyone should think critically about what they learn, and reach conclusions for themselves. My conclusions have come, piece by piece, resulting in a strong conviction that The Book of Mormon is the word of that very same God who watches over me in my daily life. Because I know this to be true, I also believe that Joseph Smith was telling the truth! Imagine that! I can't even begin to explain the happiness that I have felt because of this simple knowledge. I am forever grateful for it. 

How I live my faith

I was living in Southern California this summer when I recieved a call to share the gospel in Idaho as a full-time missionary for 18 months. I feel so lucky to be dedicating my life to sharing the incredible peace and joy that this gospel has brought me.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Katie
Not anymore! Unfortunately, before 1978, people of African descent were not able to hold the priesthood. The restriction applied to anyone with African ancestry, regardless of skin color. Black skinned members from the Pacific Islands, such as Fiji, were ordained as priesthood holders and priesthood leaders notwithstanding their skin color. I am not an expert on the topic, but to my knowledge there is nothing in the scriptures that specifies that this restriction of priesthood rights is from the Lord. And yet, the Lord allowed it to happen. Probably for similar reasons that He has not yet eliminated terrorism or hatred. By allowing things like this to happen, the Lord tests and tries His people. Many faithful members of of African descent have proved to the Lord to be strong and constant in the Church (add that to the tally of incredible things they and their ancestors have handled throughout the generations). I am relieved to say that in 1978, the Lord's prophet declared that the rights of the priesthood should be available to every, yes EVERY, worthy man in His Church. (see blacklds.org for more info) Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Katie
We don't drink or eat anything that is addictive or impairs our judgment because we always want to have clear minds to make good decisions that will draw us closer to our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Katie
The Word of Wisdom is the name we have given to the guidelines for health that we follow in the Church. I was watching a little 9-month-old who kept staring at one of his little hands. He was so amazed by his own body, which was so new and foreign to him. He could move his fingers, point, poke and grab with them. His fascination reminded me what a miracle our bodies are. I silently hoped that he would never do anything that would cause him to lose control of those sweet hands, or that would damage them or any other part of him. I believe that the Lord wishes the same for each of us. The Word of Wisdom is something that tells us how we can protect our fragile and precious bodies. It warns us to stay away from substances such as tobacco, alcohol and other addictive substances. It helps us remember to take care of our bodies. If we follow its guidelines, the Word of Wisdom promises us that we will have the health and strength that we need to serve the Lord. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Katie
Have you ever wondered what will happen to the little woman who lived in China and died without even knowing who Jesus Christ is? The Savior taught us that without baptism, we can't return to our Heavenly Father John 35, so does that mean that the little woman from China will be condemned forever for something she never had a chance to do? It just wouldn't make sense. Heavenly Father loves us and wants all, yes ALL of His children to have the chance to come back to Him. So for those who never had a chance to be baptized, we believe that we can be baptized in their name and it will be their choice to accept or reject that baptism. Show more Show less