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Hi I'm Katie

I love music and sports. I am preparing to serve my mission in Bangkok Thailand. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am nineteen years old. I have most recently returned from my first year of college at BYU-Idaho. Before BYU-I, I attended the local community college where I graduated with my Associate of Arts Degree at the same time I graduated high school. I love basketball and played all four years in high school. I still love to play whenever I have free time! I also love music. I have been playing piano since the age of 7 and love to sing! I sang in the choir for three of my four years of high school and absolutely loved it! I am the second oldest in my family and the only girl. So I have three brothers that keep me on my toes. Right now I am preparing to serve in the Thailand Bangkok Mission, which includes: Myanmar (Burma), Laos, and Thailand. I cannot wait to meet all the wonderful people there and serve/teach them for 18 months.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS church but that does not mean I don't have a conversion story of my own. I was never forced to attend church by my parents. They always gave me the opportunity to exercise my agency and choose whether or not to go. They taught me about the principles of the gospel and shared with me the reason THEY attend church but they constantly encouraged me to find my own reason to attend because it is most definitely a personal thing. I did not take this advice to heart until I was about eighteen years old. I realized at that point in my life I did not really know anything about the religion I claimed to belong to. I won't say that I was completely in the dark about its teachings, but my reason for attending church on Sundays seemed to only be that it made me feel good. This bothered me. That is when I began my search. I wanted to know why I belonged to this church. I started avidly reading the scriptures, both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and developed a love for the Savior and His teachings. I can honestly say the reason I am a Mormon is because of my strong testimony of the Son of God, even Jesus Christ and His atonement. I am not a Mormon because of the social aspect of church, I am not a Mormon because of my family, I am a Mormon because of the personal relationship I have developed with my Savior. It is something undeniable and when strengthened IS the most powerful thing on Earth. I do not take my religion lightly because it is truly apart of who I am. I have studied other religions but there is something about this one that draws me to it and that something is the fullness of the gospel. A lot of religions do have truth to them and I have felt that when I study them, but this one has all of those truths and more. It is incredible how much I have learned ever since I started to intently study. I love this gospel so much, and I love my Savior and all that he has done and continues to do for me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing the small day to day things. I pray daily, I study the scriptures daily, and I try to serve others daily. I think that is the key to my faith. That it is a constant lifestyle and not just a once a week, attend church ordeal. Sometimes that scares people, it used to scare me. I thought that a religious lifestyle would hinder me from enjoying life and doing the things I really wanted to do. I realized after I was truly converted that this religious lifestyle is in fact what I desire most and has become what I really want to do. It didn't hinder me at all from enjoying life, because it brought me more happiness and joy than I had ever felt previously. I cannot emphasize that enough. When I completely let go of all the materialistic and worldly things that used to consume my life, and really invested in strengthening my faith in my religion and my relationship with God I cannot express in words how rewarding that was. Take the feeling of winning the lottery or finishing a marathon and times it by a million or even more, because that is how I feel. That can't even accurately explain the satisfaction and happiness I feel either. It is truly indescribable and something I have grown to love.