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Hi I'm Kathryn

I grew up in the church, became a social worker, and want to spend my life helping others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the church and loved to learn about the gospel from a very young age. I developed a strong belief and testimony that what I learned was true, and decided I always wanted to remain true to those beliefs. I went to college at BYU and BYU-Hawaii and then got my masters degree in social work at the University of Utah. I'm now a licensed clinical social worker, specializing in helping people with mental health or substance abuse problems. I strive to continually learn about science, psychology and gospel truths (which are all part of one eternal round). I love animals and believe that all of God's creatures and creations should be treated with love and kindness. I love to listen to church hymns because they help me feel close to heaven. I find joy in documenting both my own and my family's lives through writing in a personal journal, keeping records and documents, and creating photo books. And I still want to have a family of my own.

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky enough to be born into the church and to be able to learn gospel truths from the time I was very young. The more I learned, the more I grew, and the more I knew it all was true. My testimony and beliefs were especially strengthened by reading the Book of Mormon all the way through. As I did this for the first time (and each time since), I felt overwhelming peace and well-being. It all made such perfect sense. I knew that it all was true. I knew that Joseph Smith never could have written this or made it up on his own. I know that the gospel is true through and through my entire sense of being. How could I ever turn my back or walk away from that?

How I live my faith

I don't like to ever miss church on Sundays because that is where I learn, my beliefs are strengthened by others, where I can help and teach others, I show my devotion to my Father in Heaven and my Savior, and where I feel and know I belong. I try to fulfill all of my church assignments to the best of my ability because I know that "callings" come through divine inspiration; I know that they can help me to grow and to help others. I try to avoid being in places or doing things that can invite negative influences or temptations. I try to avoid talking badly about others. I pray and read my scriptures to find out what God would have me know. I have a great desire to share what I know is true with others. I want others to have the same peace and knowledge about where we came from (with our Father in Heaven) and where we want to return (back to live with him again and our families forever!). I try to always live my life in a way that I can always have the Spirit (or Holy Ghost) dwell with me.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Kathryn
This is what Brigham Young, the second president of the church had to say to men in the church (in the year 1847!): ... "the father be the head of the family, the master of his own household; and let him treat them [his family] as an angel would treat them (DBY, 197–98). It is for the husband to learn how to gather around his family the comforts of life, how to control his passions and temper, and how to command the respect, not only of his family but of all his brethren, sisters, and friends (DBY, 198). Kind looks, kind actions, kind words, and a lovely, holy deportment towards [children] will bind our children to us with bands that cannot easily be broken; while abuse and unkindness will drive them from us, and break asunder every holy tie, that should bind them to us and to the everlasting covenant in which we are all embraced. Let every man in the land … take a wife, and then go to work with your hands and cultivate the earth, or labor at some mechanical business, or some honest trade to provide an honest living for yourselves and those who depend upon you for their subsistence; observing temperance, and loving truth and virtue; then would the woman be cared for, be nourished, honored and blest, becoming honorable mothers of a race of men and women farther advanced in physical and mental perfection than their fathers." I wish that whomever believes that women are treated as inferior in our church would read this! Men have big expectations placed upon them. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Kathryn
I am not really sure how or when it got started that we were given this nickname. I'm rather curious about it myself! It is what other people call the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Or that is what they call members of our church. It is not what we really call ourselves. But we don't take too much offense by it either! After all, the church owns this website (called Mormon.org). But we do believe the Book of Mormon to be another book of God's word. We believe it is "another testament of Jesus Christ" and another set of holy scriptures that can teach us many truths and how to live our lives. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Kathryn
Come learn and study with us! Come to church with us on Sundays! Read the Book of Mormon. Meet with our missionaries. I know that as you do these things with an open heart and open mind, you will feel a wonderful sense of peace, knowledge will flow into your mind, and things will fit together and make so much sense! And then you will want to learn and grow even more, and hopefully make a commitment to get baptized and then become an official member of the church. But learning and growth doesn't stop there. In fact, that is only the beginning of a process that not only lasts for a lifetime, but it lasts through the eternities! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Kathryn
Eternal life is the greatest of all the gifts of God. It means being with Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, our families and loved ones forever! We never again have to taste death or despair or being apart from those we love. It means eternal growth and perfection. It is learning all the mysteries of God, line upon line. It is a continuation of what we started here on earth, and what was started even before that, when we lived with our Heavenly Father in our pre-mortal state. Eternal life has no beginning and no end. Show more Show less