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Hi I'm Katya

I grew up in Utah. I'm serving a mission in Peru. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest child and the only girl. My mom is Russian and my dad baptized her while he was serving a mission in Russia. Consequently my family has always had a love for missionaries. I've spent the last year at BYU, studying communication disorders. I love to laugh, hike, read, shop, travel, and eat good food. When I was 16 I decided I wanted to serve a mission and that has been my motivating factor getting me through the hard times. There have been many times when I have thought about not serving, because I was scared, or because I didn't want to leave my comfortable situation. Ultimately after lots of prayers I've always been reassured that at this point in my life I need to be on a mission, sharing the good news of God's love with the people of Peru.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it feels right to be. I was raised in the LDS church but I cannot imagine not having the truth and light it brings to my life. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a church of second chances. If you mess up you can repent - you can be forgiven. Christ has atoned for all your sins, and if you come to him with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, really wanting to change, he will grant you the peace you seek and absolve you of any guilt or blame. I love the Book of Mormon. There are great truths within its pages. It tells the history of people from long ago, but the lessons are so applicable to us right now - the accounts were written for our day. I know that there is a power in reading that book. You can be strengthened and protected from the adversary if you follow its teachings and heed its warnings. I am a Mormon because I can't imagine dying one day and having that be the end. There is a life after death, where you can be with your father in heaven and those you love who have passed on. Families can indeed be together forever. I take great comfort in knowing that the work I do on earth will bring me closer to my father in heaven and pave my way back to him.

How I live my faith

I read from the Book of Mormon every day. There is a peace and clarity that is bestowed upon your mind when you do so. The day goes better, I have more patience, and I feel my heavenly father's love for me. I attend my church meetings every sunday and partake of the sacrament. I was on a committee that dealt with family history, indexing, and temple work while I was away at college. Doing genealogical work gave me a greater appreciation for my ancestors and what I have been blessed with because of their sacrifices.

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

Mormon women are the same as any other women! They have good days, bad days, busy lives, and spend a lot of time caring for their children. The LDS church places a big emphasis on a woman's place being in the home. However, women can still go to school, get degrees, get jobs, and fulfill any aspirations they may have. We believe that women and men each have divine and different roles, but they are equally important. The main role for both men and women is to marry and bring up children in the gospel. In the bible Adam and Eve were commanded to multiply and replenish the earth. That call still stands today. The man is looked to to provide for and protect his family, while the woman is responsible for caring for their children and teaching them in truth and righteousness. Men and women are equal partners in the family and in life. Show more Show less