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Hi I'm Katie

I'm a new mom. I'm a nurse. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently graduated from college and am moving into the "real world" of working. I enjoy participating in sports, especially basketball, running, scuba diving and long boarding. I also like quiet activities like reading or just relaxing in the mountains or on a beach. I love to travel and have been to many countries outside of the U.S. and enjoy learning about other cultures and lifestyles. But I have always had good friends and family surrounding me and so I always find myself coming back to them.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have come to know, through personal prayer, that it is literally the same church that Christ set up while He was living on the earth thousands of years ago. Everything about the church is evidence of that from its structure of having a prophet, 12 apostles and local leaders to the teachings taught therein. I find strength and happiness as I am obedient to the commandments. I no longer see them as restrictions, but as avenues to show my love and gratitude to my Father in Heaven and my Savior Jesus Christ and as an opportunity to qualify to gain blessings from them for doing what I should. I have had numerous experiences to examine other faiths aaround the world and I have found that the majority of them all have great things to offer and even certain truths, but it I have never found another church that had the "whole picture" that we find in the scriptures like this one.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday and read my scriptures every day so that I can continue to learn more about Christ's life and the principles of his gospel (or His plan). I then try hard to put those things that I learn in church on Sundays and from my daily scripture study into practice in my every day life. I pray each morning to recognize and take advantage of opportunities to serve and uplift those around me, both those in and outside of our church. Life isn't always easy, but I find that the eternal perspective I gain from what I learn in church and from the scriptures helps me realize that as long as I keep trying and keep picking myself up, everything will work out for the best.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

We attend church every Sunday to worship God and Christ and to renew our covenant (or promise with God) we made when we were baptized by partaking of the sacrament. We also learn new things from the scriptures and the teachings of the prophets about God and Jesus Christ and what our purpose is here on earth. The temple is also a place where we go to learn about our Heavenly Father and Savior and our mission in life, but it is a very sacred place where we go after we are baptized to make even further covenants (or promises) with God to obey and follow Him and His Son Jesus Christ and only when we are prepared and willing to make these covenants do we enter into the holy temple. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No. We worship God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith is an important prophet in our church and we respect and honor him just as we do the prophets of old like Adam, Moses or Abraham for example. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

God, our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, choose the prophet just like they did in the days of old with Moses, Abraham or Peter. Show more Show less