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Hi I'm Katie

I'll be a full-time missionary soon! I'm from Virginia & go to school in Utah. I want to do Teach for America & become a lawyer!

About Me

I'm currently a sophomore at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I'm lucky enough to be working as a Resident Assistant, which means I live with 57 wonderful freshman girls and help them navigate their first year away from home. I'm majoring in English and am loving my African Lit and American Lit classes this semester. When I graduate I want to do Teach for American and then attend law school back on the east coast and hopefully become a public interest attorney. I'm the oldest of seven children and grew up in a small town about an hour outside of Washington, D.C. In four months I will officially become Sister Stevenson and serve an 18-month mission in Reno Nevada!

Why I am a Mormon

"I have tasted and known of the goodness of Jesus." Those are the simple and powerful words of a prophet in the Book of Mormon. They are also the words of my heart. They are why I am a Mormon. I have questions, concerns, and doubts but they are swallowed up in an overwhelming sense of love from my Savior Jesus Christ. His love is so kind and is felt so repeatedly, I cannot help but follow His gospel. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints give a purpose and direction to my Christianity. It connects me to modern day revelation and also teaches me how to receive my own. I am a Mormon because I love the feeling of being part of the "restoration of all things."

How I live my faith

"My invitation to all of us is to evaluate our lives, repent, and keep on trying. If we don’t try, we’re just latter-day sinners; if we don’t persevere, we’re latter-day quitters; and if we don’t allow others to try, we’re just latter-day hypocrites.10 As we try, persevere, and help others to do the same, we are true Latter-day Saints. As we change, we will find that God indeed cares a lot more about who we are and about who we are becoming than about who we once were." I live my faith in a lot of different ways but mostly recently, I live it by trying to apply this quote! I try. I persevere. I held others do the same. Now let's be real. I don't do any of these things perfectly but I work on it. I try to pray in a way that strengthens my relationship with God. I try to be honest. I try to set goals. I try to learn more about Jesus Christ. I try to share the gospel. I try to uplift those around me. I try to be more like my parents who are wonderful examples. I try to be grateful. I try to see the positive. I try to fulfill my calling (a service assignment in my congregation). I persevere and wake up every morning to read out of the Book of Mormon, even when I'm tired and am not sure I am studying hard enough. I persevere by attending the temple every week even when tests and work threaten to crowd that out of my life. I persevere by taking the sacrament each week and asking "what lack I yet?" I persevere by allowing myself to try again even after I make mistakes. The last idea--the idea that I then help others on their journey back towards the Savior is probably the most important. We understand so little of what other individuals are going through as they try to make it through this life. When we judge each other we cheat ourselves of feeling the true impact of the Savior's sacrifice--He wants EACH of us to return to Him and paid the price so EACH of us could. This is the ultimate goal of living our faith!

What is being a Mormon like?

Katie
This week for my Book of Mormon class at Brigham Young University I was reading in the book of Helaman and I came across this beautiful verse. It's found in Helaman 10:4 and it reads, "Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou has with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments." Being a Mormon is a lot like this verse. First and foremost, as a Mormon I know that Heavenly Father knows my name. Just as he addressed Nephi by his first name, I know he could do the same to me, Katie. This imbues my life with a sense of incomprehensible love: I have a Heavenly Father who knows not only my name but every thought, emotion, triumph or pain I feel each and every day. Secondly, being a Mormon like that word in the middle of the verse, "unwearyingness". We are encouraged to study our scriptures, pray, attend the temple, serve, love our families, participate in missionary work and help our communities. At times that can feel overwhelming and it would be easy to just stop and begin to coast. But this word, this idea of unwearyingness is who we are. Day in and day out we are striving to act more and more like our ultimate example, the Savior Jesus Christ. I know that he blesses us for this unwearyingness, supports us and loves us and ultimately will help us return to Him. Show more Show less