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Hi I'm AmyKate

Web developer, skier, sister, daughter, friend. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm from Seattle, Washington, and now live in Utah where I enjoy hiking, skiing, and spending time with my friends & family. I joined the church when I was 19 years old, and my brother joined two years after I did. Even though my brother and I are the only members in our family, the Gospel has brought our family closer together and has increased the love I feel for everyone I encounter. Getting baptized was the best decision I have ever made!

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the LDS Church when I was 19. I was introduced to the Gospel by a good friend of mine, and when I learned about the Atonement, it changed my life forever. The day I got baptized was one of the best days of my life, shared only by the day my little brother got baptized. The Gospel helps me stay grounded and focused on what is really important in my life, and I am grateful every day for my membership in the Church. I have a strong testimony of the restored Gospel, and of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and of the prophets and apostles today. I have honestly never been happier in my life than I have been since I joined the Church!

How I live my faith

The most important way I live my faith is by trying to treat other people like Jesus would if He were in my place. A smile, a conversation, or just a hug goes a long way, and it's easier than it seems to be there for those that need us the most. I talk openly about my faith and the church with my co-workers, friends, and family, and try to be a good missionary by being a good example to those around me. I believe in being non-judgmental and loving to everyone, regardless of their circumstances, and try to show the Savior's love to everyone that I encounter.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

AmyKate
 Honestly, the complexity of our world is what testifies the strongest to me that God exists. The smallest details, like the structure and function of a cell, are amazing evidence of an intelligent, complex, incredible God in Heaven. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

AmyKate
Temples are special places where we can receive revelation and guidance for our lives. The purpose of allowing only those with temple recommends to enter may seem odd at first, but its purpose is not to exclude. Attending the temple requires dedicated preparation and focus, and is not to be taken lightly. Everyone is encouraged to prepare and attend the temple, but you must prepare to do so. The requirement of preparation is not exclusive to Mormonism - it is not unlike the Haj pilgrimage in Islam. Muslims are all encouraged to go on Haj, but they are only allowed to do so if they make the necessary preparations. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

AmyKate
Tithing is used to support the mission of the church worldwide - it provides the funds for education, welfare relief, outreach, temples, and missionary work. I personally find tithing to be very rewarding, because I know that I am helping the church to assist Heavenly Father's children all over the world, whatever their needs are. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

AmyKate
The head of the church, Thomas S. Monson, is the current prophet of the church. He is inspired by revelation to lead and guide the members of the church, and communicate Heavenly Father's love and hopes for us. He receives revelation for the church as a whole, and we as individuals can receive personal revelations for the specific concerns in our lives. Show more Show less