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Hi I'm Kathryn

I'm a dancer, lover of art, travel, and psychology, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

My name is Kathryn. I grew up in WA in an awesome Protestant family. I have two older biological sisters and my family adopted my three younger siblings (one sister and two brothers) when I was about 10 years old. I grew up learning about Christ, our Savior, and his great love for me. I started taking Highland dance lessons when I was in Jr High and continued it throughout high school and a little bit of college. I now help my teacher instruct the high school team I used to be on. I recently graduated university with a BA in psychology and I am currently working with women who have fled Domestic Violence relationships. While it can be a difficult job, it is a rewarding experience to be able to serve these amazingly strong women.

Why I am a Mormon

Because of my Christian background I found myself hanging out with friends who shared similar morals as me as I grew up. Eventually I ended up dating a Mormon despite the advice not to from my parents. I figured if anything, I could convert him. Not until after I started college and we broke up that I decided I needed to seek out the Lord's guidance in talking about religion with my old boyfriend who I still considered one of my greatest friends. After meeting and talking I found there was much more that I didn't know about the LDS faith. Stubbornly, at first, I accepted the invitation to meet with the missionaries.I mostly did it to prove my friend wrong. But as we continued our meetings I felt the Spirit that I could not deny. First meeting with the missionaries I saw that they were encouraging of the faith that I already had in my Savior and God. This allowed me to open up a little bit more and listen more closely to what they were saying. However it took a long time for my walls to come down enough to accept what they were saying. When I finally told my parents about my meeting with the missionaries, they were understandably concerned and upset. When I moved home for the summer I could no longer meet with the missionaries. But I continued to pray and read my scriptures at home on my own during that summer. Unable to see or contact my LDS friends made that time especially difficult. But my testimony of the Gospel grew and after I moved into the dorms again I decided to meet with the missionaries once more to make sure I was doing the right thing. I was terrified to disappoint my family but when I watched the Oct General Conference and saw and heard the Prophet, I felt the Spirit confirm within me that I was doing the right thing. It was a hard time to get to that point and I continue to face challenges. But I have been so blessed by the Gospel and it has been one year since I was baptized. It was the best decision I have ever made.

How I live my faith

At church I have been called as the service coordinator for our ward. This means I get the opportunity to seek out ways our ward can serve others in our ward, stake, and community. It has been so fun to be able to make connections and serve beside people in our community that have different religious beliefs. It is a great opportunity for missionary work and learning more about those of other faiths. The greatest and first commandment that we have as believers is to "love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might" (Deut 6:5) by serving others we serve the Lord and show him our love. I also try and live my faith at home so that I can be a good example to my siblings. While they do not share the LDS faith, they still love God and I try and show them this commonality that we have. Through spending time with them and serving them I continue to love them more and more all of the time. I believe that visiting teaching is one of the greatest blessings of the Church. It is so wonderful to have Home teaching and Visiting teaching where, if done completely and correctly, no one can fall between the cracks. Through doing visiting teaching I am able to grow my own testimony when I share it with others and I get the opportunity to get to know and love the amazing women in my Ward.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Kathryn
My favorite scripture to read when talking to people who are looking into the church is Moroni 10:4-5 which reads "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." This scripture points out 4 things that are important when seeking out the truth: 1. Ask God in the name of Christ if these things are not true. This means to pray. I like to challenge people to pray vocally and on their knees if possible even though the Lord hears you wherever you are. This allows you to stay focused and show humility. 2. As with a sincere heart. If you don't truly want to know the answer, you probably aren't going to be focused enough to hear one. 3. With real intent. This can be one of the most difficult. Having real intent means that you are willing to act on the answer that you receive. When you have real intent, you are willing to drop anything and everything for the sake of Truth. 4. Having faith in Christ. To have faith in Christ, you are believing that he was and is. That he loves you and cares for you and will do what he can to be an advocate for you. You can develop faith in Christ by reading the scriptures and praying (spending time with him!). Show more Show less