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Hi I'm Katelyn

I'm from North Carolina. I'm a sister, daughter, and aunt. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family, the Gospel, learning new things, and babies. My two brothers, one sister, and their spouses are some of my best friends in the world. I have four precious nephews who have stolen my heart. I am currently studying Child Development at BYU-Idaho.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church my whole life, so I have kind of known the church was true all along, but I didn't gain my own personal testimony until I was a teenager. Before then I was still relying on others' testimonies and slowly gaining my own. When I was 14 I decided to read the Book of Mormon along with my early morning scripture study class. As I read and pondered, I had questions answered and learned about the importance of that book and how it is truly another testament of Jesus Christ. After studying and praying about it, I knew that it was true. I have had many more experiences when I have felt the spirit and knew that other principles are true as well. I know that anyone with an open heart can have this same knowledge and through it come closer to our Savior.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by keeping the standards in For the Strength of Youth. I know that, because I have taken upon myself Christ's name when I was baptized, I have the responsibility to be an example to everyone around me. I am also serving a mission right now, so I am living my faith by sharing the Gospel with people every day.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Church services are broken up into three blocks. All visitors are welcome to any and all meetings. The main meeting, typically the first, is sacrament meeting and is held in the chapel. It lasts about 70 minutes and consists of singing by the congregation, prayers and talks given by members of the congregation, and partaking of the sacrament. The sacrament consists of prepared bread and water, which is blessed and passed by priesthood holders to those in attendance who wish to do so. We do not ask for any donations. The next meeting is Sunday School for 12+, Primary for ages 3-11, and nursery for 18 months-3 years. Youth ages 12-18 are split up into classes by age, as are primary children. Adults meet together and there is a separate class that adults investigating the church can attend. During the last hour block, primary children, young women 12-18, young men 12-18, women, and men all go to different classes. Teachers of these classes are chosen from the congregation and are not paid. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jesus Christ was sent to this earth with a mortal body to set the perfect example and die for every persons sins. He is the only one who could do this because he is the only perfect person live on the earth. Without the Atonement, we could never become perfected and therefore could never return to live with our Heavenly Father. Through the Atonement we are able to have agency, make mistakes, and repent of those mistakes. I have a strong testimony of the Atonement and the power of it. I am so grateful that I have a Heavenly Father knows and loves me and provided a way for all of us to live with Him and our families again. Show more Show less