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Hi I'm Katie

I'm a sister, friend, and college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am attending college away from home. Right now I am mostly taking general classes. I have an older sister attending the same university, so I get to spend a lot of time with her. I have four little brothers who live at home with my parents. Three of them are adopted and two of them have emotional disabilities. I love them all, even though they try my patience sometimes. I enjoy sending them letters, dimes, and stickers. I play the violin in my spare time when I am not busy with homework. I also like to cook and eat delicious food. Another one of my hobbies is journal writing. I especially love old fashioned, handmade leather journals. I like to write poems and short stories. I also like to record experiences from my life. I love hiking in the mountains near my home, and in the mountains near my college residence. I have always loved reading, especially the classics. I don't let myself read very much during school, because I know I won't put the book down, but many of my vacations include reading an entire book.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the church. They taught me the values and doctrines of the gospel, and took me to church. I was baptized and became a member of the church when I was eight years old. But as I grew up, I realized that I didn't really know for myself that the church was true. I still went to church, and read the Book of Mormon every day, but I didn't feel confident saying that I knew it was true. One night when I was sixteen, I was reading the Book of Mormon, just like I had many other times. I was reading 3 Nephi 5:1, which is just a simple verse that is mainly stating history. But as I read it I realized that I felt "warm and fuzzy" inside. When I realize this, I thought of Alma's teachings about faith in the Book of Mormon. I knew then from what Alma taught (Alma 32:288) that the feeling I felt meant that the Book of Mormon is good. I also knew that the Book of Mormon brings or invites the spirit. This is the first time I had ever had this strong of a testimony, the first time I was able to say I know instead of I believe. I wrote in my journal "I didn't get this strong testimony all at once, it has taken a long time of having faith and of reading my scriptures every night, but it is definitely worth it. It is wonderful to have my own strong testimony of the Book of Mormon." My testimony of the gospel has grown in small, simple steps like this experience. I had a similar experience at Christmas time when I was reading in the scriptures about Christ's birth. I felt a warmth and goodness in my heart, and I realized I knew that Jesus Christ had come to earth as a baby in Bethlehem. My testimony has continued to grow, as I have continued to act in faith. Each time I share my testimony, each time I read my scriptures, each time I obey a commandment, I feel the warm goodness that I know is the Holy Ghost, and my testimony grows. I am a mormon because I have gained a personal testimony, one small experience at a time, that this is the true church.

How I live my faith

I believe the scripture in the bible that says "faith, if it hath not works, is dead" (James 2:17). My everyday works, and actions show how I live my faith. Because I know God listens to me and answers my prayers, I begin and end every day by saying a personal prayer to my Heavenly Father. Because I know that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are the word of God, I spend time studying them daily. Because I believe families can be together even after they die, I take time to learn about my ancestors. I keep a daily journal for my children to read someday. I spend time playing basketball with my little brothers, talking to my sister, and visiting my grandparents. I make sure to keep my standards when I go on dates, because I want to have an upstanding family of my own someday. Because I believe that every person on earth is a child of our Heavenly Father, I try to treat people kindly, from my campus professors, to the cashiers at the grocery store. Because I know that serving others and treating people with love, brings me joy, I take time to reach out to others. I make cookies for my neighbors, and I invite people over for dinner. I look for people who might feel left out or alone in class, or other activities, and I try to reach out to them, by talking, saying hi, or just smiling. Because I know that Thomas S. Monson is a living prophet sent by God to the earth today, I take time to study the talks he has given. Because I know the Lord has asked us to keep the Sabbath day holy, and because I have faith that He will bless me if I obey His commandments, I attend church every Sunday. I don't do any homework on Sunday, but spend time studying the word of God and finding opportunities to serve others. Because I know that Jesus Christ suffered the atonement, I have hope that I can overcome the challenges I face and mistakes I make everyday of my life. I live my faith in the way I act in my small, simple, everyday actions.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I have felt God's holy spirit testify that the words that Thomas S. Monson has spoken are true. I have taken time to learn about his life, by listening to his words, and reading stories from his biography and other sources. I know he is a prophet sent from God and that he loves and cares about all kinds of people all over the world. Show more Show less