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Hi I'm Katherine

I love chamber music, Shostakovich, German history, and reading. I am an enthusiastic student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived all over the south and the mid-west--Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Ohio as a missionary for eighteen months. Now, I am a full-time student in Utah, where I am double majoring in music and German. I am the oldest of six children and grew up doing a lot of babysitting. I was also lucky to have parents who are both musicians, so I got free piano lessons from my dad up until I left to study piano at college. I love traveling and meeting people from different backgrounds. At college, I live in German housing, which means that we are only allowed to speak German inside our apartments. The German housing is part of a larger foreign language complex, so my neighbors come from all over the world--we have Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, French, and other languages all together in the same building. I love it! I have also studied abroad in Jerusalem, Jordan, and Egypt, and that was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I learned so much there--especially by observing the religious devotion of people there from many different backgrounds. It was really a strength to me to see that, especially since religious devotion is often downplayed in my own culture. I am not completely sure yet what I want to do after college, but I hope to continue my education and qualify myself to do some good in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a latter-day saint family, but I didn't start studying the Book of Mormon on my own until I was about 9 or 10. I still remember reading the first chapters of that book, feeling happy and overwhelmed, and not wanting to put it down because it taught about such exciting things! Since then, my love for the Book of Mormon has grown, and it continues to be the foundation of my belief that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints actually is directed by Jesus Christ. In addition to that, this gospel has brought me more growth and happiness than I can describe.. 

How I live my faith

I pray every day. I study the Book of Mormon and the Bible every day. I try to keep the promises I made when I was baptized, to be kind and look out for other people and stand up for what I believe in. I recently served as a full-time missionary, which means I volunteered all my time for 18 months to teach other people about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Katherine
"It becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his neighbor" (D&C 88:81). This scripture always impressed me, but since becoming a missionary, I've felt an even greater responsibility to "warn my neighbors"--not in the sense of warning them about calamities to come, but in helping them to learn who they really are, how they can be happy, where they can find answers to their questions, and what they can do to have peace in this life. There are so many people in the world who want to find these things but just don't know where they can. And then there are others who know they're missing something in life, but they're not sure what it is. That is why Mormon missionaries proselyte--to tell all people that they can find the answers they're looking for. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Katherine
This is a good question. It's true that we've always had the Bible, as well as many other things--teachings about baptism, religious theorists, teachings about heaven and hell, religious leaders, Christ-centered families, altrustic members of religious orders, etc. But what we claim as Latter-day saints is that Jesus Christ Himself established a church when He was here on the earth, and that His authority was passed down to other church leaders in a clear, organized way. We call this authority the priesthood--the power of God to teach, lead, and assist other people in becoming more like God and preparing to live with Him someday. However, after Christ's death and resurrection, the early Christian church deteriorated due to both internal and external pressure, and the priesthood was lost from the earth. This led to a time we call "the great apostasy"--because there was no priesthood on the earth during this time. (See Amos 8:11-1, Isaiah 60:2, and Isaiah 24:5.) The priesthood needed to be restored to the earth--not just because we needed authority, but because of everything that would come with this restoration of authority: an open canon of revelation from God, a church with programs designed by Jesus Christ, direction for building temples, and, most importantly, the knowledge that God still cares about us--that He is not just ancient or biblical, but that He lives today. Show more Show less