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Hi I'm Katherine

I am a child of God! I am a Convert! I am a Returned Missionary! I am a Mormon!

About Me

I'm in my mid 20's. I am not currently married, but would like to be someday. I love to read, go to the movies, hang out with friends and family, and go to church. I have served a full-time mission. I served in the California, San Diego Mission. It was a wonderful experience that I wouldn't trade for anything!

Why I am a Mormon

Because I like the structure that the Church provides. I also like that one of our fundamental beliefs is that all people here on earth are children of God and the as members of the Church we refer to each other as brother and sister. Furthermore, whenever I went to Church with my friend who introduced me to it I always felt something that I never felt in the Methodist Church in which I was born and raised: it was the Holy Ghost and a real sense of community. But the most important thing is that when I prayed about whether or not this Church and the Book of Mormon are true Heavenly Father, through the Holy Ghost told me that they are both true. And that this was the right decision. Which it absolutely was, The best decision I've made in my life to this point! Followed closely by that of serving a mission.

How I live my faith

I served a Mission for 11 months. In the past I taught the Beehives, the twelve year old girls. Also, I try my best to live the Gospel. I don't drink, smoke, or do drugs. I also go to Church regularly. I go to the Temple whenever possible. I also try to be a good example too my friends, family, and others. Also, I do my Visiting Teaching faithfully.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Katherine
Because they feel that we are very secretive about some of the things we do. Especially those things that are done in Temples. It's not that these things are secrets so much as they're very scared in nature and therefore we don't talk about them outside of the Temple. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Katherine
No! It is a Priesthood Duty that all worthy young men serve a mission. So they are very strongly encouraged to do so and work towards being worthy. Women can but since we don't hold the priesthood as the men do it's not a duty. Young men are allowed to leave when they're 18 right after high school, but a lot of them still wait until they've had a year of college and are 19. Young women can leave as young as 19. Also, older married couples are encouraged to serve. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Katherine
Yes, the Bible is the Word of God "as far as it is translated correctly". But the Book of Mormon is also the Word of God and is another testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Katherine
These are saving ordinances. We believe that if people didn't have the chance to hear the gospel and be baptized here on Earth that there are missionaries in the after life doing the same thing that they do here. But that those that weren't receptive to it here may/will be there. So therefore we baptize them with the hope that they will accept what the missionaries have taught and become members of the Church. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Katherine
 Our prophet today is President Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Katherine
How else are they going to be able to share the Gospel? The whole point of the mission is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and bring people unto Him. Proselyting is a great way to do that. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Katherine
A testimony is simply one's beliefs. It can be as simple as I know the Church is true, that Joseph Smith restored the gospel to the earth and that he was a prophet. I know that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father live and love us. Show more Show less