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Hi I'm Kate

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have two pairs of jeans. Every two nights I have to wash my patched up pants so I can go to school clean. Those worn jeans have holes sewn up by my hand. My dad moved to Utah for four months in order to get work so we could stay in our house. My family saves up all year, and sacrifices our "spending money" so we can go to see our grandpa who is dying of cancer in Washington. There have been times when our food storage is all we have. My mom drives a 1993 club wagon that threatens to break down every time we go up a hill over 50 mph. Yet, i consider myself rich. Why? Because i know what love is, because when money isn't there, my family is, because i have learned to be grateful for my life and the simple blessings, because no matter how little money we have, there is enough to serve others, because my family doesn't have to go to Disney world or Paris to have a good time, because we enjoy the simple things like walking to church in matching sneakers because it feels nice out, because no mater how tight our money gets, we always seem to have enough to be happy. And most importantly, because I belong to the only true church of God. So I am rich. My family is the kind that has to work hard for the things we want most. We have to sweat and to struggle but our lives are richer because of it. Even though all of this might be looked down upon, and people might pity my life, I know that it has strengthened me and made me a richer person that the most wealthy billionaire.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS church, and at first it was all I ever knew. It was second nature to me. But now, as I attend highschool, I have to make a conscious choice everyday to follow the teachings of my Heavenly Father. I am no longer a "Mormon" because my parents encourage it or because most of my friends are Mormon too. I choose to keep my standards high because of the light I feel inside of me as I do what the Lord wants me to do. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints because I know without a doubt in my mind that it is the only true church on the earth. It is the only thing that can give me peace in this world full of caos and termoil. Sometimes it is really hard, especially when I feel like my nonmember friends judge me for my different beliefs. They say that they understand my religion but I know that they don't, because if they did it would be their religion too. I love my church and I am grateful for this oppertunity to share it with people that may be searching for truth.

How I live my faith

I am a Family History worker, and am probably the youngest one in my ward. When my bishop called me, I was surprised because I thought only old adults got callings like that. Luckily I already had a love for family history work but having this calling has definitely made that love so much stronger. Through indexing, going to the temple and reading about my ancestors, my testimony of families has grown. It has brought be comfort now especially while my grandpa is dying of cancer. I have felt my family on the other side help me cope and bring me peace. It has been such a blessing and I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve those that have died. Learning about them and there struggles helps me face my own. It truly is a priceless gift.