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Hi I'm Katie Searles

I'm a wife, returned missionary, sushi-lover, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I love doing things. I've done sports my whole life: lacrosse, volleyball, basketball, you name it. I have also swam competitively for 9 years until my health took me down another path, coaching! I play the viola and love arranging music. I was a student at The College of William & Mary until, through various miracles, I chose to serve a full-time mission. I grew up in the church but didn't always have a desire to make it a part of my life. Heavenly Father has blessed me with many people and experiences that have led me back to the right path, and has assured me that this is God's true church on the Earth today. I know this with all of my heart, and I refuse let the many blessings that I've been given go to waste. After returning from the incredible Tennessee Nashville Mission, I got to marry the man of my dreams. Now I am a love-struck newlywed, pursuing a nursing degree.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know and feel with every ounce of my soul that this is the one and only true church. This is Heavenly Father's church. I have read the Book of Mormon and I know it is true. I have tested out the commandments, and I have received an infinite amount of blessings because of it. I have spent enough of my life not living the gospel to know there is no way to truly be completely happy unless we are living the lives that Heavenly Father has laid out for us. I know that there is no other way to eternal happiness and life except this gospel, and oh my goodness is it amazing. I am a Mormon because I like being right, and this gospel is right. It is correct, true, never failing. I am a Mormon because I want to live with my Heavenly Father, brother Jesus Christ, and my future earthly family forever. I want to be able to thank them one day, even though I know it will never be adequate. I am a Mormon because I have witnessed miracles in my life and in the life of others. This is my testimony, that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. Our prophet is called of God and is able to deliver to us important revelation from God. Joseph Smith without a doubt restored this gospel. And last of all, I know that our Savior lives. He is real, and I am eternally grateful for the unthinkable sacrifice He made for all of us. I am Mormon because I know that these things are true, and I love it with all of my heart.

How I live my faith

I have served in various callings in the church, however I currently get to work with the 14-15 young women in our congregation! The are truly one of the greatest lights in my life. One of the greatest struggles of my life is learning how to love, but I am grateful for this calling and how i has taught me to do just that. I do my very best to constantly have the Holy Ghost with me. Sister Elaine Dalton, Young Women's General President once said, "If you are touched by God and His infinite grace, you won't have to tell, it will show on your face." I strive to be like that. I have made a point to turn my life around. Coming from a life of mistakes has taught me the importance and beauty of the Atonement. I strive to use it every single day of my life. My husband and I have also made it a point to attend the temple every month, which is a constant source of peace and joy for us.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Katie Searles
The sooner that these individuals receive the blessings of baptism, the sooner they can receive the gospel for themselves and gain a testimony of its truth so that they may reap the same incredible blessings that the gospel has to offer. While I feel that even those who are not fortunate enough to have work done for them will still receive an opportunity to be baptized in the next life, we as Latter-Day Saints serve those on the other side of the veil by doing this work for them so that they have the opportunity to receive blessings now instead of later. Show more Show less