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Hi I'm Kate Riker

I was born and raised in Virginia. I'm a student at Utah State University. I am now serving in Tempe Arizona. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been in marching band for five years. I have marched clarinet, front ensemble, and am now a proud member of the color guard. I'm a huge nerd and am studying to be an engineer. I love math and science. I love movies. I prefer fantasy over sci-fi. (Star Wars over Star Trek ;) I have no portion control when it comes to chocolate and popcorn. I love serving others and making others laugh.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have studied, prayed, and learned for myself that this is Christ's church. This church helps me know and remember that I am here for a reason, and that I am a child of God. I know that we are all His children, and He loves us more than we can imagine. This knowledge helps me to be always strive to do better. Through Christ's Atonement, we can all live each day better than the last. Christ died for our sins. He suffered our sorrows, our loneliness, our pain, our sickness, our depression, and our anxiety. He is the only one who knows everything I've been through or will go through, and because of that, the Savior has become my best friend. He knows me better than I know myself. Because of Him, I am never alone. He is the source of all hope and joy. This church and gospel has brought me more joy and happiness in my life than anything else. I have a sense of purpose, a love for all people, and a love for myself. I know my value because of this incredible gospel. Know that you deserve happiness and joy. You are of infinite worth in the sight of an all-powerful god who created planets beyond measure. The same God that created all of the beauty in this world and galaxy, decided that you were worth creating. Learn more about that God and visit a Mormon church. You won't regret it. :)

How I live my faith

I am serving as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am devoting 18 months of my life to serve others and preach the gospel in hopes of building up the Kingdom of God. I live my faith by serving others and trying to let everyone know that their Father in Heaven loves them infinitely. I go to church each Sunday to worship my Lord and Savior and gain more insights on this wonderful gospel. I would invite anyone else to as well. :D

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Kate Riker
We believe that a big part of us coming down to Earth is to receive a body. Our body is a precious gift from God. We should treat it as such by avoiding harmful substances. Another huge aspect of God's plan for us and our purpose on this Earth is to have our agency. Most of these substances that we do not partake of are considered very addictive. When someone becomes addicted to a substance, their ability to make choices diminishes. They loose the ability to decide whether they want to start everyday with coffee, or if they want that drink, and especially, if they want another cigarette. We believe that if we follow these rules (Word of Wisdom), God will bless us. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Kate Riker
We believe that we can be sealed to our families for time and all eternity. This wonderful sealing is done in the Lord's house, the temple. The family is a sacred thing. It teaches us about God's love for us. Just as we desire to be with our family forever, He desires to see all of us, His children, return to Him. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Kate Riker
They teach the main principles of the Church. They will answer your questions. They will tell you where you came from, why you are here, and what will happen when you die. They will tell you that Christ died for your sins because you are worth more than you can imagine. They will mostly talk about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and His gospel. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Kate Riker
"All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth... and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator" (Book of Mormon, Alma 30:44) For me, everything in this world is incredible. The beauty of the mountains, the stars, the flowers, the forest, all the amazing accomplishments of people, the perfection of Earth's placement. It all helps me know there is a God. The people put in my life, the "coincidences" in my life. I know that there is a Supreme Creator. I know that God is real and He knows me and the details of my life and the lives of millions. I bet if you look harder at the world and your life, you will see some things that will tell you there is a God. :D Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Kate Riker
The Church does not endorse political candidates, platforms, or parties. Members, however, are still encouraged to be active participants of political and community affairs. Show more Show less

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

Kate Riker
The first hour or so is called Sacrament meeting. We sing, pray, partake of the sacrament (bread and water), then some people in the congregation who were previously assigned to speak give short talks and share their thoughts and experiences of an assigned topic. The second hour is Sunday School, which have classes by age groups, where a teacher teaches a lesson on a topic of the gospel or chapters from either the Bible, Book of Mormon, or the Doctrine and Covenants (another scriptural record from the early days of the church). The third hour is split men and women. Adult women meet in Relief Society, Young Women meet in their age group of girls, men 12 and older attend Priesthood meeting. Visitors are always welcome, provided they are respectful. No knowledge is required prior to visiting. So if you are curious and want to see what it's like, by all means, come and see for yourself. (We don't bite) :) Show more Show less