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Hi I'm Katie

I'm currently thousands of miles away from my home and family, teaching people in Louisiana about Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Before my missionary service, I was working on my college education. I'm an English major who loves to read and write. I also have a deep love for and some talents in music. I play the piano, flute, and organ and sing. I have a wonderful and loving family, including a former exchange student from Norway that has become like a brother to me. They, as well as my friends, are a great blessing in my life. But I chose to leave them all for 18 months to be a missionary for my church because I want to help people find the same happiness I have in my life. I'm excited and grateful to be able to love, serve, and teach the people of Louisiana.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born to wonderful parents who are faithful members of the church. They raised my siblings and me in the church as well. However, while I very much appreciate and believe in my parents' views, I do not have to depend on them. I have gained my own personal testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through study, fasting, prayer, and most importantly, through action. I love the scripture found in verse 17 of John chapter 7 that says, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine" because it focuses on DOING. Because I have spent my life in the effort to keep the commandments and act on the truths I have been taught, I have come gradually but most assuredly to know for myself that they are right. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me. I know that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to atone for my sins and be resurrected so that I may return to live with Him someday. I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet who translated the Book of Mormon through the power of God. I know the Book of Mormon is true and that it was written for our day. I know that we have a living prophet today and that he receives instructions from our Heavenly Father. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true, and I'm grateful to be a part of it. 

How I live my faith

I've always tried to live my life as a follower of Christ should, but now I'm honored to live as a representative of Christ 24/7. As a missionary, I spend my days finding, serving, and teaching people in an effort to invite them to "come unto Christ" (Moroni 10:32). I also enjoy using my talents and abilities in my church service. Some of my callings or assignments in the church have included playing the organ in sacrament meetings, organizing the music in church meetings, and organizing fun and uplifting activities for my student ward. In addition, I've done some indexing through the FamilySearch program. This volunteer work can help people around the world with their family history by finding, duplicating, and/or clarifying records such as censuses and birth, marriage, and death certificates.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Like many people, Mormon and non-Mormon alike, I love to look for the temples on the horizon. They are buildings of such beauty and beacons in more ways than one. Temples are where the most sacred ordinances and ceremonies in our church take place. These include work for the dead and the sealing of families together for eternity. We also learn more inside about the purpose of life and what our Heavenly Father expects of us. I am especially looking forward to the time when I will be married to my chosen husband in the Temple. I know that because of the Priesthood authority on the earth that can be exercised in the Temple that families can be together forever. Being worthy to enter the Temple is the greatest blessing of my life, and I know that striving for that worthiness makes me a better person.  Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

As a missionary, my purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ. I and other missionaries like me do this by teaching about Christ and His Atonement. We also teach people about God's plan for us--how we can return to Him and become more like Christ. We help people identify, make, and keep the commitments that will lead them to Christ. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

No one who treats people unkindly can consider himself or herself a follower of Jesus Christ. Our Savior was and is the ultimate example of love and kindness to all, no matter what they believed or how they acted. Showing "love one to another" (John 13:35) is one commandment we must follow to become like Christ. People who break this commandment by treating homosexuals or anybody else unkindly have need to repent. Another commandment given to us is known to us as the law of chastity. Obeying this commandment means having no sexual relations outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that participating in a homosexual relationship is wrong for the same reason that treating someone unkindly is wrong: because it is against God's commandments. As in all things, Christ gave us the ultimate example of how we should treat someone who has broken one of God's commandments. As one of our apostles, Dallin H. Oaks said in one article, "When He faced the woman taken in adultery, Jesus spoke the comforting words of tolerance: 'Neither do I condemn thee.' Then, as He sent her away, He spoke the commanding words of truth: 'Go, and sin no more' (John 8:11)." We must show love and tolerance towards people. But, like Christ did, we must also stand for what we know to be right and wrong. I would recommend the rest of Dallin H. Oaks' article, "Balancing Truth and Tolerance." It can be found at http://www.lds.org/ensign/2013/02/balancing-truth-and-tolerance?lang=eng Show more Show less