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Hi I'm Katie Zimmerman

I was born and raised in Oregon. I am a Junior at BYU studying public health. I'm a democrat and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I haven't really had a hard life. I've never been really wealthy but I have had what I needed. My parents have always taught me to use what I have to bless the lives of others. I have tried to do that throughout my life. I am a junior majoring in public health and political science. I want to use that education to promote health in third world countries. I believe that a healthy life is a happy life and that being healthy allows people to reach their full potential. A healthy lifestyle can serve as a baseline to building a nation. If a person doesn't have to worry about their health, they are free to use their energy for other things such as getting jobs, building the economy, and strengthening home and family. Think about it. In the US, what could happen if less people were on disability because of preventable chronic disease and injury? My goal to start early to prevent these diseases and injuries from occurring and therefore enable individuals to have more control over their lives. I'm still young and I have a lot to learn but if you are going to have a goal, why not aim high. I am excited to finish my undergrad and then go on to get my masters degree so that I might be as prepared as possible to face the challenges of the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love this gospel. I love the Lord and want to follow him in all I do. I was born in this church and have lived in it for my entire life. I have had times when I was living the gospel as best I could and times when I haven't. But, during both, I knew that it was true. Throughout my life, I have learned that the gospel is the doctrine, not the members. Many people make that mistake. The gospel, the doctrine, the covenants, that is what we have testimony in and that is what makes this church what it is. The members, the people, that is what the church is made up of. There is a difference. I believe in the goodness of the church as a whole (members and doctrine) but I also believe in being human. Humans make mistakes. To expect every member to be perfect one hundred percent of the time would just be silly. This church is not made up of perfect people, if it was it would be really boring and pointless, but it is made up of perfect doctrine. I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and a compliment to the bible. I know that revelation is continued in these days and that we have the honor and privilege of having a prophet of God on the Earth today just as Moses and Abraham of old. I have a testimony of the priesthood and its ability to change lives for the better. I know that is the power of God given to man to do his work by his direction on this Earth. I know that this gospel is true and that it is the only way to return to our father again. I have learned this over a period of years through a series of faith building events that I do not have room to discuss here, but I know it to be true nonetheless. This is my testimony and the biggest part of who I am. Do with it what you will.

How I live my faith

I am preparing to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints in Vina del Mar, Chile. I will serve for eighteen months. I am so excited to go and share what I know to be true with the people of Chile. I will be teaching in the Spanish language. I took Spanish in high school so I already have a pretty good base, but I am still a little scared. I am not worried about communicating or talking with the people, what I am worried about is not being able to testify with conviction. When I bear my testimony, I want the people to understand that I love them and that I love the gospel. Some may say that words are just words but I want to be able to convey what I believe through my words, to make people feel something. I am worried that I won't have the capacity to do that. When I enter the Missionary Training Center in a few weeks, that will be what I will focus on, teaching with conviction.