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Hi I'm Katie

I grew up in California. I work as a Respite Worker through UCP of Northern California. I go to college. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to sing. In High School, I performed in a musical. I also play the piano and have taken lessons for lots of years. I am a high school graduate now, and have attended BYU-Idaho, a four-year university, for a year. I currently have a call to serve a mission in the France Paris Mission for 18 months, and I leave in just a few weeks. I come from a pretty big family, most people would say. I have five brothers, one of which is my twin brother who is currently serving a mission in the France Lyon Mission for 24 months, and we are the oldest of the family. I also have two younger sisters. I love sports, as well. In high school and some in college, I played soccer, volleyball, basketball, and ran track and field. My main even was the 100m Hurdles, and I loved them. I never had any ambition to play competitively in college, so I just played intramural soccer while at BYU-I. I hope to someday work with children. My major is Child Development, and I have always had a special love for children. Once I get married, I plan to raise a family with lots of kids. It might be crazy at times, and I might go crazy at times, but it will be all worth it. I look forward to that part of my life, even though it won't be for a while. My love of God and of Christ is what pushes me to want to share that love with a family. Bringing children into a family that teaches positive principles and is filled with love seems like a really good thing, so that will become one of the joys of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I Mormon? I have been asked this question countless of times. What makes me commit to live the way I live? Well, let me tell you. There are so many different aspects of this church that all balance on one thing--the Book of Mormon. If you've heard anything about our church, you've mostly likely heard about the Book of Mormon. Many people think that we have replaced the Bible with it, but that isn't true. We have simply added a second book and testament of Christ's teachings. Joseph Smith was a prophet a long time ago, and he saw God the Eternal Father and Jesus Christ, His son. They talked to him and told Joseph that none of the churches on the earth at this time were the true and exact church of Christ. They told him many things. We have two other books of scripture that other religions don't have--the Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrine and Covenants, both received through revelation from God through Joseph Smith. The veracity of these things hinges on whether or not the Book of Mormon is true. Either it is a true and beautiful book of the words of God that teaches how to live a better, more Christ-like life, or it is not. The only way to find out is to ask God the Father if it is a true book. In the last book in the Book of Mormon, called Moroni, chapter 10 verses 3 and 4, Moroni tells us how to tell if the book is true or not. Pray. And I have prayed, and I have asked if the book is true. And I have received an answer. I felt the influence of the Holy Ghost telling me that the Book of Mormon was in fact translated by Joseph Smith through the power of God. I know that this church is the true and restored church on the earth. I know that Joseph Smith was a good person, and willing to do the work of God, no matter the persecution. I know without a doubt that Jesus Christ is my Savior. He saved me. And He has now provided a way to grow closer to Him and closer to my Heavenly Father. He has given us a book of scripture that can only be true.

How I live my faith

I participate and have participated in many different ways in my ward. I am currently a primary teacher, teaching 8-9 year olds simple lessons that teach principles of how to live a good life. I teach with another lady in my ward who I have been good friends with for a long time. I love teaching these kids and love them all very much. I teach different lessons on different topics each year. This year we are studying the history of the Church, which is very interesting and extremely insightful. I have also taught what we call Gospel Doctrine, which is a class for adults my same age and older. I loved teaching that class as it often gave some interesting observations and insights on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These lessons come from the same topics as the children's lessons, just a little more age-appropriate. As a younger girl, I was able to serve in various leadership positions available to 12-18 year-old girls. What I did then was help to plan activities that we did with all of the girls in a particular age group. It was so much fun and I loved being with those girls and leaders.