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Hi I'm Korryn

I grew up in Utah. I'm studying to be a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to read, and especially to write; I'm studying for my Bachelor's degree in English. In addition to writing, I love to sing and dance. I sing broadway, alternative rock, pop, and jazz. I do ballroom dance, as well as some jazz and hip hop. As you can tell, I love the arts!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon, and when I was young I thought that I would always have that same faith. Yet, in my young teenage years I began to doubt and to fall away. However, my friends and family prayed for me, and because of their support and faith, my heart began to be softened. I decided to give my faith another chance. I read the scriptures with new eyes, I fasted and prayed for a testimony of the truth, and I received that witness. Today, I am prepared to serve a full-time mission to bring others the opportunity to receive that same witness in their heart, through the spirit of God.

How I live my faith

I like to visit with the young and older ladies in my neighborhood and talk about the gospel of Christ. I have enjoyed serving them as a class officer at Sunday school, as a visiting teacher, and especially as a friend. Recently, I have accepted a call to serve as a missionary.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Korryn
We have heard the call to "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). We believe that each of us has the opportunity to share the Gospel of Christ, and we should actively share it as often as we can. The Gospel, or "the good news" of Christ is something that every person should get the opportunity to hear and decide for themselves whether it is true. Our missions are an effort to bring that opportunity to anyone and everyone. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Korryn
Just as in ancient times, we give ten percent of our increase to the Lord to further his work. Through faithfully keeping this commandment, we receive the Lord's help in all of our endeavors, not the least of which in our financial affairs. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Korryn
Different areas of a city are divided into congregations--people that live in a certain area will attend church with others that live in their neighborhood. A congregation is called a ward, or if it is a very small congregation, it is called a branch. There is church leadership over a ward, which consists of the Bishop and his two counsellors. A branch is led by a Branch President and his two counsellors. A group of wards and branches together form a Stake. The Bishops in a given area are led under the direction of the Stake President and his two counsellors. In this way, every leader is able to be supported by others, and to gain the benefit of their experience. These leaders are all called from within the congregations, and they are all unpaid positions. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Korryn
We wear dressy attire to church--dressy, as in nice, but not super formal clothing. I typically wear heels or nice flats, a dress or skirt, and coordinating accessories--my "Sunday best." Men and boys wear a white shirt and tie, dress pants, dress shoes, or they might wear khaki pants and a collared shirt. The idea is that we should wear our best clothes, to show the Lord our respect and reverence. Religious holidays for Latter-day Saints include Easter and Christmas, and we regard these as sacred events that we observe with reverence and celebration. We also celebrate local holidays for the country and areas where we live, as well as birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Many Latter-day Saints like to be involved with the community events of our area, as well. Mormon customs are born of our religious observance, a lot of the time. For example, we have a church-wide meeting that we can view via broadcast or by attending the conference center in Salt Lake City. This meeting is held twice a year, and is called General Conference. We usually listen to it or watch it with our families, and we often have family customs that we observe in relation to it. Some people invite all of their relatives over to watch it, or they might meet afterwards and discuss what was said over a meal or desserts. Other customs include holding a farewell party for departing missionaries, parties to celebrate events like baptisms, priesthood ordinations, weddings, baby blessings, etc. We like to celebrate! Show more Show less