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Hi I'm Kate

I'm a college student studying Environmental Engineering and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student currently studying Environmental Engineering. I have a great love of nature and thoroughly enjoy being outside whether it be camping, hiking or simply going on walks. I am excited that my college major allows me to get outside and interact with nature as well as fight to preserve it. I am a musician. I have played in more ensembles than I can count and thoroughly enjoy sharing my talent with my friends and family. I love to read and to write and yes, I do like math and science. Time with my family and friends means more to me than anything else and I do very much enjoy good conversation and good food!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family where my Mom was LDS and my Dad was not a member of the church. I went to church with my parents all through my childhood, however, at any point it would have been completely acceptable to express my desire to not attend church. My parents would have never forced me to go had I not wanted to. There comes a time in every Latter Day Saint's life where you have to choose whether or not you want to live the gospel. When I was 16, I reached a point where I had to decide. Were the benefits of living the gospel worth the difficulties of being "different"? Did I believe strongly enough in the teachings of the gospel to live a more conservative lifestyle? To accept that I would perhaps be made fun of? To constantly have to defend my beliefs? The answer was yes. The Gospel of Jesus Christ that is taught in the Mormon Church means everything to me. I have a testimony of Jesus Christ, that He is my Savior, that he loves me. I know I have a Heavenly Father who is aware of me, who knows me by name and who is constantly aware of my needs and my struggles. He loves me, more than I can ever begin to understand. I know with every fiber of my being that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon and was a Prophet. The Book of Mormon is the keystone to our religion. The teachings in the Book of Mormon are so clear, so beautiful and so pertinent to our time. I have a testimony in the power of prayer. Our Heavenly Father is so aware of who each of us are, what each of us needs. The peace, comfort, answers I have received through prayer are innumerable. The LDS church is not a church of blind followers. Each of us is encouraged to think for ourselves, to pray and receive confirmation that what we are being taught is true. I have prayed and received that confirmation. I am a Mormon because the happiness, the understanding, the comfort that comes from following the gospel of Jesus Christ is of a magnitude that cannot be achieved any other way.

How I live my faith

As a college student I am entering the "adult" Mormon world in a sense. I have left the Youth Program and am now considered an adult. I attend religious education on my college campus three times a week (it's like Bible Study) and attend church each Sunday for 3 hours. Various service projects, activities, speakers pop up several times a month. Each youth activity is an uplifting (and usually entertaining) experience. I try to live each day to the fullest; trying to smile and to be the kindest, most Christ like woman I can be.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Kate
The family is the central unit in God's plan. Our families are a gift to us from Heavenly Father. He knew life would be hard. In his plan, he built in a support group, a place of belonging. For many of us, our happiest memories, the happiest times in our lives come from time spent with our families. The saddest times then come when a love one passes away and is no longer a part of family. We know in the LDS church that our families are eternal. Death is not the end of our familial bonds. We will be with our families in the life to come. The same relationships will exist in eternity. If we accept Jesus Christ and follow his teachings we can be sealed together as families forever. The Lord has given us Temples so that this ordinance can be performed. I have a testimony in Eternal families; that we will never, ever truly lose those that we love. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Kate
I do not only consider myself a Mormon but also a Christian. I have never once thought of my religion being anything besides a part of Christianity. I have accepted the teachings of Jesus Christ. I accept him as my Savior, my brother, the living Son of God, my King. I know that Jesus Christ walked the Earth, that the stories in the New Testament are true accounts of the miracles he performed. His Atonement provides me with opportunity to live with him and Heavenly Father again. I know he rose on the third day. Jesus Christ is the head of our Church, he is the center of our faith. The aspects of our faith that make us different from the Christian world do not draw us away from Christ but direct us towards him. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ, we pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ and we strive each day to be more like him, to emulate the character traits, the actions that he gave to us as an example. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Kate
As a woman in a primarily male field of education I have had time to reflect on what it means to be a woman, and then especially as a woman in the Mormon church. There are many who will say that LDS women are "trapped" into marriage and into staying home with their children; that the husband is in charge and takes a dominate role in the family, that women shouldn't ever work or pursue higher education. It is not like this. As a LDS woman aiming to be an engineer, I know that the church teaches women to exhibit the highest qualities of character. Having faith, realizing their divine nature and knowing that they are daughters of their Heavenly Father, pursing knowledge and education to the highest degree they can, charity and love, integrity and virtue. Mormon women are teachers, doctors, lawyers, business women, daycare workers etc...Mormon women can be numbered among the "good" women of the world. Our role in the family is different but in every way equal to that of the husband's. We have a divine role to fill- as mothers. There is no denying that the family is the most central unit in the gospel of Jesus Christ. As women we have the unique position to build righteous families and to teach our children. I know that my role as a woman in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is equal in every way to that of a man's role. I know that Heavenly Father has a unique role for his daughters to fill, one that is divine and that is essential in his plan for all his children. Show more Show less