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Hi I'm Katie

I grew up on the East Coast of the United States. I'm a college student. I'm a CrossFit crazy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a full-time student studying criminology with a minor in forensic science and a concentration in intelligence and global relief. Moving away from my parents to go to school was a big step for me. I grew up in the same house, in the same town until I went to college so it was a big transition. School keeps me pretty busy, but when I have free time I love being outside. I was an avid horseback rider before college and I miss it a lot. Getting outside to swim, walk, bike, hike, and be with my nearest and dearest are my favorite things to do. I follow a workout program called CrossFit and it has absolutely changed my life and outlook on fitness. I love being at the beach. I have a crazy family. I have great friends. I have faith. I'm a college student. I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know it is what God wanted for me. He wanted me to be here, at this time, in this place, to learn and grow in ways I would not have been able to without the church. I love his gospel. I know that it is true. Being an active member doesn't mean that things are perfect simply because I'm doing one thing the Lord wants me to do. The best way to grow is through trial and tribulation. God promises that we will be blessed after the trial of our faith. He wants to bless us because he loves each of us, but we have to try to give something back to him so he can give to us. My testimony came over time. I have struggled and my faith has been shaken to it's core, but in those moments, when I was able to reach out to my Heavenly Father, he was able to answer my prayers with what I needed, not always what I wanted. I am a Mormon because I love my Heavenly Father and I love my Savior and King Jesus Christ and I want to please them. I know that they desire my happiness in everything I do in this life and want me to find joy in the journey. When my heart is turned to my Lord, I always know what I should do. It isn't always easy, but he leads me. I'm a Mormon because I believe that the Lord never stopped talking to his people and that there are prophets and apostles here on this earth communicating with him just as they did in the Bible. I'm a Mormon because I know that an institution that teaches people to rely wholly on Christ, and emphasizes service to others is an institution of God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be Christlike. He is my example and my guide in everything that I do. He's the reason that I have everything I have. He gave it to me, I didn't earn it. When I have the opportunity to serve people around me I feel like I'm giving back to my Savior for what he did for me. He paid a price, and leveled a debt that I can never balance, but I can do as he commanded and love my God and love my neighbor. When I do my best to be a true disciple of Christ the things that looked hard about it from the outside, disappear. Putting everyone before myself becomes natural when I look at them with eyes single to God's glory and see them the way He sees them. There is no other way to be. My stumbling blocks are the ones I place in front of myself. It's very humbling to remember that we are never waiting on God, God is always waiting on us.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

We support the belief that the sacred bond of marriage is to be strictly between a man and a woman. Homosexual relations were included in the Mosaic law as against the will of God. We are required to love everyone as fellow sons and daughters of God giving no discrimination based on race, religion, culture, language, creed or lifestyle. There is understanding of the strong desires that may seem hard to control and can be helped through support. Members dealing with these struggles are encouraged to seek counsel from the bishop to help them refrain from acting upon these desires and move forward with their goals in life. The church views homosexuality as a violation of the law of chastity and members who violate this law must deal with the discipline of the Church, just as someone who has violated any other law. Show more Show less