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Hi I'm Sister Kristen Day

I'm in the Army. I'm a missionary. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Payson, Utah and went to a high school in Orem where I was able to earn my Associate's Degree from UVU when I graduated. I've always been involved in Science and am currently majoring in Biology at Westminster College thanks to a full ride scholarship courtesy of the Army ROTC program there. When I graduate I hope to use my degree to go into cellular research and Forensic Science/Criminology. I am currently serving in the WASPO (Washington, Spokane) mission and I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm not a person to blindly follow a crowd. I'm a Mormon because when I was just beginning high school I decided it was time to see if the church I'd been a part of my entire life was actually true. I began praying and reading my scriptures with an open mind and eventually I realized how much my testimony had grown and I began to see the little things around me that testified of the truth of the Gospel every day. I wouldn't be in this church if I didn't believe the Gospel with every fiber of my being.

How I live my faith

When I started school at Westminster I was suddenly surrounded by people who had almost no idea about what the church stood for. It was a very unique opportunity for me and I began to live my faith more fervently so that when people discovered that I was a Mormon they wouldn't exclaim, "Really?!" It's been great showing the people at my school that their prejudices and stereotypes aren't all backed up by reality.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Sister Kristen Day
As women we have a divine right and purpose to be mothers and wives in the church. That may not seem like much, but it is the most important job in the church. We are the guardians of virtue and the teachers of our future children. The mothers of the Stripling Warriors are the reason their sons were so righteous and were protected by their faith during their battle. On top of the responsibilities of being wives and mothers, we also have the responsibility to be worthy of being around the priesthood. If we are not worthy of that we cannot partake of the blessings that the priesthood brings just from being in its presence. Honoring the priesthood gives us power in it even if we don't necessarily hold it. I've asked some of my priesthood holding friends the following question: Would you want to have the responsibility of raising children on top of holding the priesthood? Invariably, the answer is no. As President Gordon B. Hinckley said, men and women are 'co-equals'. Women are in no way viewed as the lesser gender in the church, in fact, it is usually quite the opposite. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Sister Kristen Day
We proselyte, not for statistics or for bragging rights about converting the most people, but because we feel of God's love for us and the happiness that the truth of this Gospel brings and we want to share that with everyone all over the world. We don't mind rejection, because we know that we're planting seeds and we do our best to help others come unto Christ and receive the knowledge of this Gospel so that they can follow the example of Jesus Christ, by having faith in his atonement, repenting, being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. We know that by doing these things we can return to live with our Father in Heaven again and be gods and goddesses like Him and we want all people everywhere to have the same opportunity! Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Sister Kristen Day
We do believe that there is a living prophet on the earth today, his name is Thomas S. Monson. Throughout history, prophets have been called of God to bring his word to the people of the earth. They were given authority by God, or the priesthood, to preach his word and direct his church. Even as we rejected prophets of the past, God continued to send them because he loves us in a way that we can't even begin to describe. At one point, the privilege of having prophets and the authority of God on the earth was taken away because after Christ's return to heaven some 2000 years ago, the people of Jerusalem killed the apostles and rejected the church. By so doing they entered into a condition called apostasy. A prophet was called once again in these latter-days after Joseph Smith prayed in a grove in New York to know what church was true. The priesthood was restored to Joseph Smith and he too called apostles. Ever since then, the priesthood authority has not been lost and after each prophet dies a new one is called and given authority that can be traced back to Christ Himself. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Sister Kristen Day
Churches are dedicated places of worship open to the public to come and hear the teachings of Christ, we study scriptures, pray, and take the sacrament as we continue to learn and grow in our testimonies and strive to follow Christ's example so we can return to God. The temple is a sacred place where ordinances are performed that are essential for eternal life. It is limited to members of the church that are worthy to enter there. This isn't a new concept, throughout history and even in religions that are not Christian, there have been temples reserved for specific sacred things to take place and only certain people were allowed inside. However, there is not a man or woman on earth that would be barred from the temple if they were to faithfully follow God's commandments, be baptized and endure to the end. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Sister Kristen Day
Most people are familiar with the dark ages. In our faith, we know that to be the apostasy. After Jesus Christ returned to heaven after ministering to the people in Jerusalem, his apostles were prosecuted, hunted down, and killed. Because of this rejection of Christ and his teachings, the authority of God was taken away from the earth and numerous churches began to pop up. However, since they lacked this authority or priesthood of God, they weren't the same as the church that Christ had established during his earthly ministry. We needed a restoration because to truly follow Christ and all his teachings we needed the authority of God. It's easier to think of the fullness of the Gospel as a stained glass window and the glue holding it together is the priesthood. When the priesthood was taken away after the deaths of the apostles, the window came crashing down and people picked up pieces to make their own windows left. With the restoration of the priesthood to Joseph Smith, he was able to put the whole window back together, and the Book of Mormon is part of that. It testifies of Jesus Christ and works in tandem with the bible to give us the fullness of the Gospel that Christ established. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Sister Kristen Day
No, in fact, much of the humanitarian work that the church does doesn't directly effect members of the church. Part of missionary work is to serve, we are always looking for opportunities to do that. By doing this service we are following the example of Christ and can feel his love for the people that we serve. There is no job too big or too little, the people of the church love to serve, you could say that is our religion. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Sister Kristen Day
On most LDS church buildings there will be some kind of sign or plaque that says VISITORS WELCOME so OF COURSE YOU'RE WELCOME! We love visitors! If you are nervous about attending church you can call the local missionaries (or just look for them on the street, we're not hard to spot), and ask them to take you on a church tour! We have three meetings in our church service. The first is called Sacrament meeting and it usually lasts about 70 or so minutes. There are hymns, prayers, speakers, and the sacrament (sometimes referred to as communion in other churches). The sacrament is passed to the entire congregation and those who wish to do so may partake. Sunday school is the second meeting and there are different classes you can take. For youths there is primary which is for children from 3-12, young women for girls from 12 to 17, priesthood for all males over the age of 12, and there is usually a nursery offered for children from 18 months to 3 years. Please come! We are a peculiar people, but you will not have a bad experience! Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Sister Kristen Day
That is a great question! You've come to the right website for sure! I saw a comic once about our church and it basically said, "The most secretive church on the planet that knocks on your door to tell you all about it!" As missionaries we are door knockers, and we love to do that, but it's always awesome to be approached on the street and answer your questions. I can guarantee that if you look, you can find a missionary in your area without too much effort. We're not incredibly hard to spot! It's not often you see people in church clothes on a bike or walking around in a suit and tie during the hottest part of July! Stop us and ask your questions, we'll be more than happy to answer them! On the off chance you can't find a missionary, find a church building and just walk in. Generally speaking, someone will be there that you can talk to! Especially on Sunday! If none of those options work out, you can always call 1-888-537-6600 to get more information and find the missionaries in your area! Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Sister Kristen Day
Thomas S. Monson is the current prophet today. God has always called prophets and prophets always testify of Jesus Christ. We have the opportunity to pray for knowledge to know if the things they teach us are true! Show more Show less