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Hi I'm Kastina Petersen

I was born and raised in Alaska. I love languages and learning. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was a student at Brigham Young University (BYU), studying European Studies with a minor in International Development. I hope to one day be able to help those in developing countries have a chance to achieve their dreams. After serving a LDS mission to L'viv, Ukraine I plan to continue studying at BYU. Right now I am learning how to better teach people about my beliefs in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. I cannot wait to share my knowledge about Christ and bring happiness to others. I love learning new languages and learning about my family's history. Being called to serve a mission in Ukraine has blessed me with an opportunity to learn another language and to know more about the country where my ancestors are from. Growing up in Alaska I have experienced the beauty of the world around me. enjoy the outdoors, especially hiking and camping. My goal is to one day travel the world, visiting various countries and seeing all God has created.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and both sets of grandparents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My grandmother was Jewish but met missionaries at a young age when she moved to the United States from France. A little while after getting baptized she met my grandfather and together they taught him the principles of the Church. My mother also grew up as a member of the Church. She and my father have raised me and my siblings with the same principles and lessons my grandparents taught my parents. Even though I grew up in this Church I did not always have my own testimony. I leaned on my parents' testimonies until I was old enough, age 8 to be exact, to choose for myself if I wanted to follow Christ's example and be baptized. I choose to act on my own testimony and be baptized, committing myself to doing all I can to be more like Jesus Christ. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know the prophet today is called of God as was Joseph Smith and many other prophets. I gained this knowledge through reading the Book of Mormon and praying. As a child of 8 I knew I wanted to be baptized and ever since then I have been striving to live, to the best of my abilities, as Christ lived. I falter sometimes and make mistakes but because Christ suffered in Gethsemane for my sins (the atonement) I know through repentance I can be forgiven. One day I will return to my Father in Heaven. I know if I continue to follow the principles and keep my covenants I can live with Him one day.

How I live my faith

In high school I participated in few clubs but the one club I did get involved with expanded my understanding and compassion for those in need. I was able to work with the Key Club and find different ways to bless lives in my community through service. During my years in high school I worked with the young women as a youth leader. I was able to get to know the younger girls and help them grow in their testimonies of Christ through sharing my testimony and experiences. I love serving and learning more about other people. For a year and a half I have the opportunity to use every waking moment sharing my faith with others. I will be able to teach about Christ and how to have happiness.