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Hi I'm Kay

I was always interested in religion, but I couldn't find answers to my questions about God ... until I became a Mormon.

About Me

I am single, and I am the only member of the Church in my family. I work as a college administrator, and I'm currently finishing a doctoral degree. I love spoiling other people's children, scrapbooking, reading, traveling, gardening, and serving others.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in high school, I attended a protestant church. One day, during my youth Sunday School class, our teacher showed us a scripture from Hebrews that referred to the great high priest Melchizedek. He told us that the Bible did not tell us more about Melchizedek, but that he was personally convinced that, if we knew more about this man, we would have some of the greatest knowledge that God had to share with his children. I was deeply impressed with his testimony. That evening, even though I had been taught not to write in my Bible, I lightly highlighted that name. Several years later, as I prepared to graduate from college, I felt a great desire to affiliate with a church of my own. I attended many churches, but none of them could answer all my questions. I read everything I could find on religious traditions, doctrine, and history, but found that each church appeared to be organized and governed by man rather than God. Then, one day, I shifted my attention to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I went to the library and pulled several books from the shelf. One of these texts was "Mormon Doctrine," a book written by an apostle of the Lord, Elder Bruce R. McConkie. That evening, as I began to scan the first pages of that book, I saw an entry titled "Aaronic Priesthood." Right under that title, I saw the name I had heard many years before, "Melchizedek." And I remembered my teacher's testimony. That single witness opened a door for me. I soon learned for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was establish by the Lord, who restored His priesthood authority - authority that we refer to as the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood - on the earth. This church taught the doctrine of Christ clearly and plainly, as it is recorded in the scriptures, and had high expectations of its members not only to know the Gospel, but to live the Gospel. And I knew then, as I know now, that I had finally found the true Church.

How I live my faith

I currently work with the young women, ages 12-18, in our local congregation. I am also active in my community.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Kay
Visitors are welcome to attend our church services, which we hold on Sunday and call sacrament meetings. We also hold meetings for children, youth, and adults after sacrament meeting that visitors are also welcome and encouraged to attend. I was surprised when I attended my first sacrament meeting by many of the things that were different from the religious worship and traditions in which I had previously participated. We sing hymns during the service, but the music is simple so we can focus on the message and so all can participate. We hear sermons or talks, but instead of being delivered by a professionally-trained clergy member, they are given by members of the congregation. There are no scripture readings or recitations. Members do not process or kneel, and only occasionally stand, while participating in the service. There is no offering or collection taken. There is very little ornamentation in our buildings, and our leaders wear suits and ties, not robes or vestments. Overall, the service is simple, and very spiritual. The most sacred part our meeting is the opportunity to take communion, which we refer to as the sacrament. The sacrament is usually prepared by high-school aged young men, and is passed to the congregation while they remain seated. The congregation is silent during the passing of the sacrament, to give each person present an opportunity to reflect on the Savior and his atonement. For me, this is one of the most spiritual moments of my week. Show more Show less