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Hi I'm Katie Thomson

I'm from Montana. I was a student at BYU and now I'm a full time missionary in Los Angeles!

About Me

I have loved and played sports my entire life! I find a lot of satisfaction in being active and competing in things that I love. Anything from snowboarding to volleyball. I grew up in a small town in Montana so I love being outside and going on adventures. I love being around people and learning from their experiences. I am currently a full time missionary in LA and loving every minute of it. Before that I was studying at BYU. My family is my life and I owe them every thing. I am convinced we are on this Earth to be happy and I am so grateful that the gospel of Jesus Christ is exactly how we get to that point!

Why I am a Mormon

My mom is a convert to The Church and so from a young age my siblings and I have been encouraged by both of our parents to find out the truth for ourselves. I know that the easiest way to find out if a principle is true or not, is to start living it! So I did that very thing. I studied The Book of Mormon and as I tried to live the standards of the church, I received a witness of truthfulness of this gospel. However, this witness didn't just come to me. I had to first choose to act. I had to put for the effort to study his word, as an act of faith, to sincerely ask my Father in Heaven if these things were true and this was the direction that he wanted to me go. I continually received answers to my prayers as I showed an honest desire to truly know His will in my life. I know with all the fullness of my heart that this is the true church of Jesus Christ restored on the earth. I know that the same priesthood authority that was on the earth at the time of Christ's ministry is now on the Earth again. I know that it was restored to the Prophet Joseph Smith by God and has been passed in an unbroken line to the prophet today! I know that it is only because Jesus Christ offered himself as a sacrifice for sin that I have the opportunity to return to my Father's presence. I use the word opportunity here because I know that it is what we decide to make of it. If we humble ourselves before God, forsake our sins and literally surrender ourselves to Him, we will find true and complete joy.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of The Church my entire life. I've always tried to live my standards and be an example to everyone around me. Coming from a very small town where I was privileged to be one of the only kids in my high school of my faith, I always had great opportunity to talk about my standards and beliefs. At this time in my life I have decided to magnify my love for my Savior by serving a full time mission. I am currently serving the good people in the California Los Angeles Mission and it's the best decision I have ever made! I get to help other people find true and lasting happiness and there is nothing better!