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Hi I'm Katherine Elise

I grew up in West Virginia. I'm a literature nerd and a college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 22 years old and currently a college student studying English Education with a minor in Journalism. As an English major my main hobbies include reading and writing. If I'm not doing one of those two things, it's either because I am at work or sleeping. These hobbies, as well as my hobbies of music and exercise, all originated in either Middle school or High school as a means of stress relief and coping. I love the ability to escape for a little and go into an entirely new world, go on adventures, and learn something new. That is one of the greatest things I take out of the books that I read and the things that I write. Unlike the stereotypical English major though, I am incredibly outdoorsy. Growing up in West Virginia there is never a shortage of things to do outside in nature. There is always hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, etc. available, and I love it all. The greatest part about nature though, is enjoying it with family. My family of six often go out into the great wilderness to enjoy and partake of God's creations. Whether it is on a bike or on foot, we always have a great time.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because I know that it is the true church. Growing up in a family of members in some ways makes it easy to accept, but in the end everyone has to have their own conversion. I feel that my true conversion took place my senior year in High School. After many trials and many more tests of faith, I finally began to understand what being a member of His church truly meant. In previous years I had moments where I would gain a little bit of a testimony here and there, but it wasn't until later that I truly accepted it entirely. This conversion, for me, took place through our youth program for the young women. Through this program I developed the skills necessary to start to learn for myself what the gospel meant to me personally. Through prayer and reading the Book of Mormon, and then praying about the Book of Mormon I was able to begin to develop my always growing testimony. Today, I remain a Mormon because I know the gospel to be true. I know this, because I have fasted and prayed to find the answers for myself. I know that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me and knows me as an individual, and that is everything. To know that He is there and that He loves me is an incredible and beautiful thing. I want to learn and grow to be more like Him so that one day, I can return home to His arms.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in everything that I do. Being a young adult in the church, I have not had many opportunities to serve in a calling. However, I always do my best to participate in church and to support others with their callings. One of the biggest things that I do to live my faith is by sharing my testimony. By sharing our beliefs and our faith, we are able to not only strengthen what we already have, but also strengthen the others around us. Our testimony is our declaration of faith. When we get up and share that with others, everyone can benefit. Aside from that, I live my faith in the every day things like prayer and setting an example of my beliefs. Whether I am at work or at church, my actions don't change. I am always the same person with the same standards. By constantly standing strong with my values I am able to share with others without even openly saying anything out loud some of the things that I stand for. In my dress and the way that I speak and address people, I am conveying a message of who I am. When I do that, I am living my faith.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Katherine Elise
As a current missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I proselyte to bring others the same happiness that I have found in the Gospel. Since I know how much the Gospel has blessed my life, I feel the desire and responsibility to share that with as many people as I can. So, whether it is sharing my knowledge at home with a friend, or going up to a complete stranger I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can bless everyone's life every where. With that knowledge I left my home, family, friends, and scholarships behind for eighteen months to share this glad message with anyone that will listen. Show more Show less