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Hi I'm Kate

I'm from the north east of England, but study in Hawaii! I love food, travel, and languages. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I turned 21 last month, I've been studying at BYU-Hawaii for the last couple of years, and I'm just starting service as a full-time missionary for 18 months - life is pretty busy! I have 4 nieces and 1 nephew so when I'm at home I usually find myself at my sister's house babysitting or off on outings with them which is always tiring but lots of fun! My time in Hawaii was one of the best periods of my life - of course the scenery and weather is AMAZING (especially compared to the UK...) but really it's the people I met there that made me fall in love with the place. Living away from home for the first time taught me a lot and I had the best time getting to know, live, and work with people from so many different cultures. I'm grateful to have had so many exciting experiences and opportunities (from working as an English tutor, and as a tour guide at the Polynesian Cultural Centre, to skydiving and living right next to the beach) and so I am looking forward to continuing my education there after completing my mission. There are so many things in life I am passionate about, including travelling, education and career opportunities, writing (I'd love to be a children's author one day), yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes... however, the two things that bring me the most joy are my family and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have studied, tested, and lived the principles and doctrines taught, and have found them to be true. Because of the experiences I have had and the things I have learned throughout my life I always felt the church was good but I didn't gain my own testimony until I actively studied and prayed to know if it was all true. I know that God really is our loving Heavenly Father and that Jesus Christ is His Son. He came to earth to suffer and die for us so that one day we can return to live with them and so our families can last beyond the grave. I know the Book of Mormon is true, not because anyone has told me so, but because I have read and studied it myself and prayed for an answer. It took a lot of effort, time, and patience, but eventually my answer came. I love that we don't have to rely on other people's opinions to know if this book is true and if God is really there because we can each find out for ourselves if we really want to know. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ really do love each of us and know us - even better than we know ourselves - and I'm so grateful that we can turn to them for support and help anytime.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has blessed my life so much and continues to do so. Besides attending church every Sunday and other meetings and activities I try to live my faith by doing simple things each day that help me draw closer to my Saviour and Heavenly Father. These including studying from scriptures such as the Bible and Book of Mormon, as well as communicating with my Father in Heaven through sincere personal prayer. Prayer helps me to feel close to God and to have comfort and peace during difficult times, and is also one of the the ways I can receive guidance and direction in my life - especially when I have decisions to make. Doing these things every day helps me to remember who I am as well as my purpose and priorities in life. My faith is incorporated into pretty much all aspects of my life since I believe it is important to live it every day, not just on Sundays, as the gospel of Jesus Christ is one of action and to have faith we need to exercise it. This means constantly looking to serve those around us and trying to show love and kindness to everyone since we are all sons and daughters of God. Of course, I often make mistakes and these are all things I am trying to improve all the time. Being a member of the Church is fun and keeps me busy! Between the ages of 12-18 I was involved in the youth program and would attend and help to plan and carry out weekly activities as well as special events and dances throughout the year. I have great memories and even better friendships thanks to this! From the age of 14 to 18 many youth also attend their local seminary which is a chance to learn more about the gospel and study all of the scriptures in depth. I met at my local ward for this during weekdays before going to school, which wasn't always easy but always worth it and helped me in so many ways.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

We believe that we are children of God and lived with Him before this life. We had to come to earth to receive physical bodies so we could learn and gain experience to help us progress and to use our agency to choose between right and wrong. We're also able to form family relationships and learn to love others better. Last but not least, life is not just to be endured, but to be enjoyed! Show more Show less