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Hi I'm Katy

I'm a daughter, a sister, a favorite aunt and a missionary. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been a college student for the last 3 years and I love learning, but currently I am serving a full-time mission in Romania and will be here for the next year. I study/studied English literature and Psychology. My favorite author is Emily Bronte and my favorite movie is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Among my favorite hobbies are going to concerts of some of my favorites bands (namely, Thrice) and painting when I have time. I believe that while business and government and economics etc. are important and essential, it is the Arts which express the capacities of the human heart to love, grieve and grow that give this world purpose and soul.

Why I am a Mormon

I've lived a very different life than most people who I knew growing up. My dad died of cancer when I was 7and my mother died of many medical complications when I was 12. My sister and brother were both 10 years older than me and so I was practically an only child when my mother passed. She was my best friend and we both took care of each in the years between my father's death and hers. When she died my heart was so broken that I think I closed off all deep feelings for many years. There were so many complicated things surrounding both deaths of my parents that I didn't talk about them, think about them or accept them for a long time. I didn't think that I was a religious person. I went to this church sometimes, because it reminded me of my mother and because it felt peaceful but I also went to different churches as well. Life continued on, neither here nor there until I went to college. My freshman year of college, away from my sister, who had raised me since our mother had died, I experienced a lot of things. Made mistakes--enough to make me unhappy, to make me question who I was and what my purpose was. For the first time in my life, my heart was open. It was open to be broken and to feel all the pain and confusion that I had been repressing for so many years with my mom and dad. I can honestly say that it was the hardest thing that I have ever done in my life, it was the greatest sadness that I had ever felt. It humbled me and for the first time make me reach out to God with an honest desire to do whatever, go wherever and be whoever he wanted me to be. I prayed with all the earnestness of a broken and lost soul, and my answer was simple, "Go home to my church." I didn't understand but I listened and little by little answers, healing and a testimony came. I'm a Mormon because this gospel of Jesus Christ and His Atonement saved my life, and is proof that God never leaves his children alone. He calls prophets and restores light in the wilderness of the world.

How I live my faith

Before my mission, I didn't serve much in my church for most of my life because I was not active in any of the activities or Sunday services and didn't have much interest in doing so. However, about 2 years ago I was blessed with a testimony of the church and how much it could help me to grow in the teachings of Jesus Christ and I became very active in His church. For a about a year before I left on my mission I was able to help encourage the members in my congregation, who were all single like I was, to go to something called Institute, which are religious classes that any young adults can take during the week at their university or at the church. I felt a real sense of purpose in this calling by helping people to make Christ an intricate part of their everyday lives.