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Hi I'm Kaitlin!

I grew up in Wisconsin. I'm a language lover, a decent cook, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently returned from serving a full-time mission and am now studying at a wonderful university. After changing my major about a billion times, I've finally settled on linguistics. And I LOVE it! I feel that when you can speak someone's native tongue you're able to connect with them and understand them in a whole new way. And the ability that humans have to create language, to express thoughts and sentences that are completely unique, is evidence to me of the divine spark within us. I enjoy reading, music, and trying new foods. I'm a decent cook. It's a skill that I've been developing for the past few years. I love being able to take raw ingredients and combine them to make something absolutely delicious. I have been blessed with a wonderful family and some really terrific friends. I love dogs, Bollywood movies, languages of all kinds, and Jesus Christ, my Savior.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a convert. Growing up I went to Catholic Catechism but then my dad decided to start taking me to his Lutheran church, so I was very familiar with both. At a young age I began to wonder what happens after we die. I knew that God existed and that Jesus Christ was His son, but what did that mean for me? Where would I go after I died? I asked many different people, including my Lutheran pastors, and none of them seemed to give me a good (or consistent) answer. One answer I got scared me so badly that I remember praying night after night that I'd live until I was 100 years old so I would be able to go as long as possible without dying. The missionaries began teaching my family when I was twelve years old. I listened, asked a lot of questions, and knew it was true long before I would actually admit it. The thing that touched me the most was the missionaries' explanation of the Plan of Salvation. When I heard God's plan for my eternal life, it struck a chord. It was like something that I'd always known and had forgotten. I just had this feeling like "Yes. This is true. This is what you've been looking for." It was difficult for me to decide to be baptized but once I made the decision, I stuck to it in spite of opposition from certain family members. That was 10 years ago, and in that time I've found more joy and peace in the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ than I ever could've thought possible. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy, and I've seen it make others happy.

How I live my faith

I do my best to be an example of my faith. I've had the opportunity to serve as a helper to the full time missionaries in my home town, as well as a full time missionary in Europe. I recently had the opportunity to work with the young women in my congregation. I've found that you love those you serve, so as I serve in the church I find my capacity to love growing bigger and bigger. I also love serving in less formal ways. Any way in which I can bring people to Christ, whether it's supporting a family member or friend through a challenging time or just making someone's day brighter with a smile, is a wonderful blessing.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

One mandate that Christ gave his followers was to "Go...and teach all nations," (Matthew 28:19). We send missionaries out to fulfill that charge given by the Savior to His disciples. When you have something wonderful, you want to share it with those you love. We as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a radiant, life-changing message and we want to share it! Some of the sweetest experiences of my life have been my opportunity to share what I know to be true with others and see it change their lives for the better. The best thing about the missionary program of the Church is that the missionaries aren't out to convince anyone. They're just out to invite people to learn for themselves. Show more Show less