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Hi I'm Kathryn

I love music. I love people. I enjoy living life to the fullest. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I love music. I feel it is my most effective method of communication. I sing, play violin, cello, guitar, and when I have to - piano. I'm a cowgirl and I work hard for the things I have. I am second of six kids. We have an incredible Mom and Dad and I love my family. I am in love with a US Soldier curently serving in South Korea and I am very proud of him. I am grateful for the sacrifice of those who willingly serve their country. I am a board certified music therapist and have been blessed to work with a variety of people. I love people. I love how much I grow when I can share experiences with others. I completed my internship as a music therapist in the Hudson Valley of NY working in hospice care and I absolutely loved it. I love teaching. I worked for over six years as a private music teacher. I am also a certified swimming instructor, lifeguarding instructor, CPR and First Aid instructor, and coached a summer swim team. I am currently serving as a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint. I am serving Spanish speaking in Pocatello Idaho, specifically the Idaho Fall Temple Visitors Center.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a deeply personal understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I obtained it from difficult trials in my life and from a sincere desire to understand. I know that He suffered not only for my sins but for my sorrows, my broken heart, my pains, my struggles, my weaknesses. That through his sacrifice I can be made clean, my unseen wounds may be healed, and I can live empowered because I know my purpose. I understand that I am a child of God. That God is literally my Father and that He loves me. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God, and that through him, by the power of God the church that existed on the earth during Christ's ministry has been restored in it's fullness. I know there is a prophet on the earth now, Thomas S. Monson, who receives revelation from God, as did prophets of old, and that he leads and directs this church today. I know these things are true because I have studied them. I have earnestly prayed about them and frequently continue to do so. I strive daily to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and the teaching of the prophets in my life. I have found that by abiding by these principle my life has been filled with joy and peace. I am not perfect, and neither is my understanding of all things. I look forward to a life time of learning and hope that as I do so, I come closer to my Savior and prepare to live with my Heavenly Father once more.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have had great opportunities to serve in the church. I've taught Sunday school for a class of 3yr olds and three classes of nine yr olds, and as a substitute. I've been the congregational music director for Sunday worship services. I held positions as a local and regional member of a council that organizes and facilitates activities and conferences for young single adults. Currently I am serving in my church as a full time missionary. I live my faith by studying my scriptures, praying often, seeking answers to my questions, and doing the best I can to follow the example of my Savior, Jesus Christ; to live my life the way He taught.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Kathryn
We do baptisms for the dead to make that blessing available to anyone who may not have had that chance in this life. When we are baptized for someone who has passed away, we are giving them an opportunity to progress. It is not an obligation. They are not forced to accept it but rather the ordinance has been done for them and if they so choose, they can accept it. Baptism for the dead is a way we can feel connected to those who came before us and how we can serve our family members, and others, who have passed on. It is an act of love. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Kathryn
The Bible is important, relevant, and sacred to us. We study it in our classes and teach from it. We are encouraged to read and study it individually. We learn about Christ's life and teachings from the Bible. We learn the importance of prophets. We learn about commandments and covenants. We also believe in The Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is another sacred record of holy scripture and teaches the same doctrines as the Bible. The bible teaches that "in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." (2 Corinthians 13:1, Matthew 18:16, Deuteronomy 19:15). The Book of Mormon is a second witness to the Bible. Together they testify of the divinity and importance of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Kathryn
Temples are sacred places where we learn more about our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Temples are not a new concept. The bible has many records of temples through out the old and new testament. Anyone can enter a temple IF they are ready and worthy. It is a sacred place. A place we prepare to go to. We prepare by making and keeping covenants, like baptism. Covenants are agreements we make with God. We promise to live a certain way and He promises blessings. We prepare by living the commandments, going to church, reading the scriptures, and living a Christ like life. Once we have done these things we are prepared to go to the temple and learn more. Going into the temple without doing these things first would be like sending a five year old child to a university. They would be overwhelmed and they would not understand. I am grateful for the temple, and the sacred blessings we can enjoy when we prepare ourselves to go there. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Kathryn
We are Christians. Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. Through his Atonement, his suffering for my sins, I can be forgiven and someday return to live with him and my Heavenly Father again. We believe in the Bible, which testifies of him. We also believe in the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ. Our church's official name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Christ is central to our faith. He is the Son of God. By following his example and living by his teaching we will become more like him. We will be happier. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Kathryn
Baptism is a way we follow the example of Christ. Christ was baptized by someone who held the priesthood authority to do so, John the Baptist. We invite anyone who sincerely desires to follow Christ to be baptized. When we are baptized by the proper authority, we make a covenant, or a promise, with God. We show him we are willing to keep his commandments and live our lives trying our best to become more like him and his son, Jesus Christ. Being baptized isn't something done for membership. It isn't done for numbers. Baptism is a very personal decision. It is a personal commitment between you and your Heavenly Father. Show more Show less