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Hi I'm Katie

I'm a college student. I'm a convert. I love Jesus Christ, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! My name is Katie, and I currently attend college in Washington state. I am a pre-nursing student and a certified nursing assistant, volunteering in various healthcare settings. I love doing crazy things with my friends, listening to music, and learning about the gospel. There are so many to-do's on my list of goals, which includes traveling the world, mastering a new language, learning to play an instrument, and one day building a family of my own. Adventure is something I crave, though stability is what I wish to create in my future home. I love life!

Why I am a Mormon

This gospel has provided so many answers to the questions I have always kept silent. As a convert baptized in October 2011, I have felt my decision to join the church confirmed again and again. Though my journey to that wonderful day was a long one, I know that this is where I belong: here, as a devoted follower of the Lord's gospel. Being a Latter-day Saint has brought me closer to Him than I have ever felt before, and given me comfort whenever I have felt stress or fear. There is something so special about receiving personal revelation and confirmation concerning all of life's uncertainties, and knowing there is a prophet today who receives that direct instruction from God to share with the world. I chose to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is firmly based on the rock of our Saviour's example, and sets aside the things of this world that we may focus on those things which matter most.

How I live my faith

At my University, I have been involved in the local Institute of Religion since long before I was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a wonderful place to be, and has taught me so much about what it means to create spiritual priorities. Furthermore, at the hospitals and nursing homes where I have volunteered, I have had the opportunity to work closely with the sick and the elderly. Doing this has truly been humbling, and shown just what it means to sacrifice your time for someone who needs you. Each night, I study the scriptures to seek knowledge of the past and direction for the future. Though I am far from perfect, the only thing that matters is trying my best to be a close disciple of Jesus, and actively striving to set an example for others that they might too feel the light of Christ.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Katie
The easiest way to know what is right is to look within yourself. Take a peaceful moment to write down what it is that you believe, aside from what anyone has taught you in any church. Consider your beliefs, and question them. Read the scriptures, live righteously, and listen to anyone who possesses the light of Christ. Finally, pray to your Heavenly Father to know whether these things are true. The answer is already there within us, and is confirmed through consulting God. He will show you, and it is up to you to pay attention to those feelings of peace and joy that comes from following what He has taught. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Katie
It is true that the events of the Holy Bible have been recorded and made available to us for many thousands of years. Yet, as we read in the Testaments as well as the Book of Mormon, the Lord has hinted at the eventual falling away of the perfect organization of His church. After Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and his Apostles were martyred, the priesthood was lost from the Earth, and the doctrine as known on the Earth became vulnerable to the misinformed interpretation of man. Scriptures were changed to suit the desires of its distributors, and made into many different versions according to the interpretations of its readers. Though many good people and followers of Christ existed on, they knew nothing of the truths lost with the deaths of Christ's original Apostles. Eventually, as prophesied in the scriptures, the church was restored through the appearance of our Heavenly Father and the Savior to Joseph Smith around the year 1820. Through the restoration, we were once again given the priesthood, re-informed of the organization the Lord intended for His church, as well as the Book of Mormon as another testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Katie
The Lord our God is often referred to as our "Heavenly Father," and appropriately so. He created you, me, and all the world around us. He did not do so carelessly-- he crafted us each as individual beings with unique traits, appearances, and abilities. Considering the love and attention with which he shaped us, it would be absolutely true to believe that he cares for us and wants nothing more than to be there for us through all phases of life, whether of trial or of joy. Heavenly Father will be always be there, and it is up to us to recognize this as truth. This knowledge can be revealed in many different ways, but the most essential as well as the simplest ways to receive our own witness are to live as He desires us to live, to study the scriptures and other witnesses of His presence, and to pray directly to Him. He is a friend, a father, and a guardian, and with the proper faith and loyalty, He will make his presence known in your heart. Show more Show less