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Hi I'm Katie

I'm from Arizona. I'm a recent convert. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 20-year-old college student going for a degree in Secondary Education - English and another degree in English Literature. When I was a kid, I used to "play school" with my sister and I was always the teacher -- I guess I was bound to become a teacher later in life! I chose English because I love to read and analyze everything. The Harry Potter series will always hold a special place in my heart, although some of my fellow English majors might look down on me for it! My other favorite is Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" because you just can't find better characters in literature than stubborn Scarlett and that charming rascal, Rhett. I spend most of my time being obsessed over school and being stressed out, but when I find the time I love to knit. I know it's ironic considering I was born and raised in the desert, but I love it anyway! I am just your average, stressed out college student driving a beat-up old car and loving life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Methodist. My earliest memories of going to church consist of two things: donuts and humiliation. I loved the weekly donuts, but I despised going to Sunday School where I was the quiet kid in class that didn't know anything about our religion and still got bombarded with questions I couldn't answer. When I was seven, my parents got divorced and Sundays became the day when my older sister and I would go spend time with my dad, which marked the end of my church-going for a few years. I received my first Book of Mormon when I was in tenth grade. A close friend had written a beautiful, simple testimony inside and I read it without knowing quite what to think. Soon after that, my sister became a member. Right after that, another friend of mine got baptized and suddenly, the Church was all around me. In November of 2007, a friend invited me to attend church with her to hear her speak during their "sacrament meeting". I saw her give her talk. I thought about how I felt when I was in the building, how I had felt at the baptisms, and everything changed that day. With this friend's encouragement, I attended church with her family every Sunday, went to Girls Camp during the following summer, and even got to figure out what the elusive "Mutual" was. I finished the Book of Mormon and for the first time, I felt like I had answers to questions I had always had. I later learned that this friend had been inspired to pray and ask to give a talk during church. After she was asked to give one soon after this prayer, she saw me and knew that I was the reason she had received this prompting. In September of 2008, I was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm a Mormon because I saw this church change lives around me, I felt the pure testimonies of my friends and my sister, and most importantly, I gained a testimony of my own of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

I love being a part of my Singles Ward! At the moment, I am a part of the Relief Society presidency, which is the organization that all of the women are a part of. Every Sunday, we have a Relief Society meeting during the last hour of church services, during which time we are taught a lesson by one of the women in our ward. Put quite simply: I live my faith by doing the best I can every day and by hoping that every day, I'll get a bit better.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Katie
Heavenly Father loves all of His children and wants each us to find happiness. God created a plan that we would come to Earth and receive a physical body. While on Earth, we are given opportunities to learn to choose between good and evil, grow through our obedience to our Father in Heaven and His commandments, and form family relationships that will last for time and all eternity. The purpose of our earthly life is to be obedient, become more like our Heavenly Father, and find happiness that will last long after our earthly bodies fail us. Show more Show less