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Hi I'm Katie

I was born and raised in Utah, love my family, and am called to preach the gospel in Houston, Texas. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I am currently a sophomore at Brigham Young University majoring in History Teaching. I love United States History and love graphic design. I have lived in Utah my entire life and am proud to call it home. I love hiking, and our mountains are perfect for it. I absolutely love beaches, and the Caribbean is my favorite place in the world!! Recently I was called to serve in Texas as a missionary for our church, and could not be more excited or more in love with the state already. I love cooking, mostly because I love to eat! My family is my world, and this gospel is the most important and greatest blessing in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I love this church. I am passionate about Jesus Christ and His gospel. I grew up in a home where my mom and her family had (and still has) a strong testimony of this church and my dad and his family were either inactive members or not members at all. Because this was the way I was raised, I saw what life could be like with the gospel and without it. I began noticing a distinct difference in my life when I was going to church each Sunday, reading my scriptures, and saying my prayers. It was a positive difference - I felt happier, things went more smoothly, and the list goes on! This was when I realized that when I aligned myself with the teachings of Jesus Christ, not much could go wrong... and even if it did, I knew where to turn and trials were less difficult. The Book of Mormon has changed my life in every way and I could never ever deny its truthfulness. It helps me in every trying time in my life, and makes me even happier when things are going right. I have a testimony of Joseph Smith and that he did see our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ, that he did translate the Book of Mormon, and that because of him we have a living prophet today. It is such a blessing to know these things, and I wish everyone could know them because these truths have lifted me, carried me, and made me a better person. I know who I am, because I know God's plan. I receive light and happiness from the Book of Mormon. I know that both our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ love us unconditionally and eternally. These truths are never ending. They will never change. I am a Mormon, because I have put these truths to the test... and they have never and will never fail me.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am preparing to serve as a missionary for our church in Houston, Texas. Being called to serve the people of Texas and share the message of the gospel has blessed my life already in so many ways. I take religious classes at my University. I just became a Visiting Teacher for my ward - as a Visiting Teacher I go with a partner (my mom, actually!) to visit a few ladies in our neighborhood once a month. As a part of that visit, we share a gospel message and visit as friends. It is such a wonderful way to help care for the needs of the ladies in the area and is an inspired program of our church. All of that being said, I live my faith in many other simple ways, daily! Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is all about service and bringing joy to others through the gospel of Christ. Simply smiling at others I pass, reading my scriptures and praying daily, making good, wholesome choices, and maintaining a cheerful countenance are all ways that I incorporate the gospel into my every day life.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Katie
Missionaries proselyte because they love the gospel! Imagine you came across the most delicious recipe for the softest, fluffiest sugar cookies in the entire world. Wouldn't you want to share that recipe with everyone? It is the same with the gospel. When you develop a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, there develops an immense desire to share the good news with everyone you know, and everyone you don't know because it's just that wonderful!!! The best part of this Church is how close it brings you to Christ, and that is the ultimate purpose of our work as missionaries - bringing people to Christ that they may partake of His goodness and love. We also proselyte so that those searching for truth, wherever they may be and whoever they may be, might hear the message that they have been waiting for. Missionary work in our Church is a labor of love and friendship. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Katie
Jesus Christ is the focus and center of our gospel. The name of our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, bears His name. Our principles and doctrines are not ours, but His. We find these doctrines throughout the King James translation of the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. We believe in and find grace in the Atonement; our focus, however, is on the resurrection of Christ as opposed to the time He spent on the cross (though this is greatly important and discussed rather often in our church). We accept loving guidance from Him and trust in Him. He is our perfect example, and we strive to emulate Him in all instances. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Katie
Above all, missionaries are there to be your friends. There is a love they have for you that you cannot even begin to imagine! They can be your trusted confidants and will help you in any way you need. If you allow the missionaries to enter your home, they will begin by teaching you of the prophet Joseph Smith, the Plan of Happiness that our Savior Jesus Christ has prepared for us, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and other basic doctrines of our Church. The message will always involve Jesus Christ, because He is the center of our Church and of our eternal plan. Show more Show less