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Hi I'm Kate

I love anything old and from a different decade - maybe that's why I love family history so much. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the Bay Area of Northern California, but after my first two years of childhood, my family relocated to Southern Utah. It was there I was raised among the beautiful red rocks and friendly people! I just finished my freshman year at a university and am currently awaiting to serve a full time mission in the Brazil São Paulo South Mission. My hobbies include cooking (and of course, eating!), sewing, and shopping for clothes and home decorations to suit my vintage and retro tastes. But above all my other hobbies, my most favorite is family history and genealogy work. I got interested when I was fourteen when I wanted to discover more about my Portuguese heritage from my father's line. I have discovered incredible stories and details about the lives of my ancestors from the Azore Islands, to those who crossed the plains from my Mormon pioneer lines, and to Scandinavian and English ancestors who have all been factors in sculpting the person I am today. I am grateful for our temples we have and the ordinances we are able to participate in within to bind ourselves to these very same ancestors we research and grow to love. Recently, I have been involved in sharing my love for family history with others, through my calling at church. I am so grateful I was able to serve in the position of being a family history representative and teacher, so I can share the love and testimony I have with family history with others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family where my mother was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, my father was not a member, and as I grew older, I would see siblings who would choose not to follow the principles of the Gospel. I flourished from the things my mother and other members of the Church taught me, and was able to choose for myself that true happiness lies with Jesus Christ, despite the negative influence of many around me. I have had many witnesses that this Church is Christ's restored again on this earth. I know the Book of Mormon is another testament of my Lord and Savior and that it was brought forth by a chosen servant of the Lord, Joseph Smith. I believe the teachings contained within can bring us closer to the Lord Jesus Christ. I have come to this knowledge by experimenting on the word, just as Alma the prophet has taught in Alma 32. God loves all his children, so much so that He has provided us with every teaching and tool we need to return unto Him and live with Him. One such gift is the temple. I testify of the power of the temple and the true blessing it is that we can be partakers of the covenants and ordinances performed within, and that we can do the same for our deceased ancestors. I'm a Mormon because this Gospel brings me happiness, knowledge, and direction. It has provided me with everlasting friendships and precious experiences, but above all else has given me the knowledge that Jesus Christ died and performed the Atonement for me, because he loves me.

How I live my faith

As I mentioned before, my most recent calling in my church has been to teach others about how to become involved with temple and family history work. Every Sunday during the Sunday School hour, I would teach young single adults like myself all the skills they would need to become successful in seeking out their ancestors and preparing everything to participate in proxy temple ordinances for their deceased relatives. I taught my peers how to use valuable resources created by the church, like Family Tree and Family Search, so they could get started on their genealogy. It was so exciting to hear the stories people would bring in week after week about both the successes and struggles they had while doing their family history. I also taught how to volunteer by getting involved with Family Search Indexing. This program enables anybody to lend their service in making digital records available to millions of people around the world who are interested in discovering their family history. As a ward, we were greatly involved in Indexing, and participated in competitions and activities which had a theme of Indexing. I feel that my efforts have helped promote participation in family history and temple work and have enabled me to increase my testimony of this Gospel and the incredible happiness it brings. I hope I will be able to spread the Gospel and my knowledge of family history to others, and especially to those in the city of São Paulo, where I am serving a mission.