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Hi I'm Katelyn!

I'm from Utah. I love being out in nature. I love uplifting music. I am optimistic and happy about life! And I'm a Mormon! :)

About Me

I am the youngest of 8 children, with 3 brothers and 4 sisters. My family grew up LDS and have all mostly stayed active. I was born almost 3 months early and had a very little jaw with very little joints. I was unable to breathe, so I was given a tracheostomy and a g-tube, which both helped me to get air and to eat. I had a night nurse every night to watch out for my eating and breathing, up until junior high, when I got my g-tube out. I am now able to eat completely orally. Even though it may not look like it, I can eat meat and many other chewing foods. I chew everything with my strong tongue. I still have my tracheostomy, but am hoping to get it out sometime. I grew up having many surgeries on my jaw, trying to get it so I could use it. They were all unsuccessful, sadly. Since my jaw is so small, it creates a very small opening in my mouth. This makes it hard for me to speak clearly, making it difficult for people to understand me. I have always had a lot to say, but have always been held back by my difficult speech. My family all understands me and my close friends, but it makes it very difficult for me to make new friends, because of my fear of being misunderstood. I am hoping, one day, to have a surgery or a miracle and have a jaw, giving me a chance to say whatever I want. I don't know when or if that day will come, but whatever comes, is up to God. I am grateful I can write, play instruments, and take pictures as a way to express myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love it! As I really started diving into the Book of Mormon and praying every morning and night, I gained a strong testimony of this gospel. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ has given me a reason to keep pressing forward through my trials. It has given me a knowledge of my spirit life before earth, and an understanding of who I really am. It has given me hope of a beautiful life to come, a life with my Savior and my Heavenly Father. This gospel has given me a chance to live with my family for all eternity and to know that even when people die, I will see them again. There is no doubt in my mind that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true and it is led by prophets who have been called of God. It was restored by the prophet Joseph Smith, who brought the priesthood back to the earth. I am a Mormon because I love to read the revealed Book of Mormon, brought forth into this dispensation by Joseph Smith. I love to read the words of the Savior and learn his teachings. I love everything about the gospel and wouldn't change anything in the world for it. I am a Mormon because I have felt the joy which comes from living close to my Savior, Jesus Christ, even in the midst of my struggles. I know I can always receive that peace and joy if I live the teachings of Christ, and strive to do have the Spirit with me at all times. I will continue to live and strengthen my testimony all through my life, and will do my best to share it with everyone I know, because I know it is the truth. I know it, I live it, I love it!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by reading the scriptures every day and by praying to my Heavenly Father every morning and night. I have served as the Laurel (16-18 year old girls) president in my young women's group, and served on the Stake Youth Council. I attended seminary at my high school every other day, which I enjoyed. I did all that I could to prepare for a mission, and am currently serving a Young Church Service Mission at the Church Office Building. I wanted to serve a proselyting mission, but as I couldn't, I am learning to rely on the Lord and have faith that he knows what is better for me. This mission has already taught me so much. I am grateful to be serving the Lord. I live my faith by striving to do as the Lord asks of me, and not giving up on him, or not doubting his will for me. I strive to live worthy to always have a temple recommend and be able to perform ordinances for those who cannot do it for themselves. I try to always remember the things I am taught by church lessons, and by prophets and apostles. I try to live as close as I can to the holy ghost and keep him as my constant companion. I do everything I can to show the Lord that I love him and will serve him whenever and wherever he needs me.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Our bodies were given to us as a gift from our Heavenly Father. They are the temple of our spirits. He wants us to keep them pure and clean so our spirits can remain pure and prepared again to be with our Savior. Because our bodies hold the spirit, they are called temples and tabernacles. Our spirit is sacred, and God has given us our bodies to keep it protected and pure upon this earth. We need to keep our temporary, temporal bodies clean and pure, so that our eternal, spiritual bodies can also be pure and clean in order to enter into the Lords kingdom. Show more Show less