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Hi I'm Katelyn (Kate) Grandy

I grew up South Korea, United States, and the Philippines. I'm the youngest of 8 kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents work for the U.S. State Department, which is why I moved a lot growing up. We moved every 1 to 4 years and had the incredible opportunity to learn about the world. I was adopted into my family with my biological sister, Karla, when I was 3-years-old. At the time, my parents already had 6 kids of their own. When a mutual friend of both families asked if they'd be interested, they felt like it was something that they needed to do. I'm incredibly grateful for the family that I have, the people I've met, as well as their examples to me. I'm a student at Brigham Young University - Hawaii majoring in biochemistry with a minor in music, as well as introduction to mathematics. I'm currently in Nigeria for an internship with the U.S. Embassy, while visiting my family. I've also been called to serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Korea Seoul Mission starting this fall.

Why I am a Mormon

Throughout my life, there have been times where I felt like my testimony was stronger than others. I've recognized that I personally feel the most peace and happy when I'm being obedient, attending my church meetings, and reading my scriptures daily. The kind of happiness I gain from following His gospel is unique in its nature. I have a clearer mind, am more patient, and can feel peace throughout the entire day. At times I've made the wrong choice, the principles of this church has given me great comfort in knowing that we can all utilize the Atonement to repent, and become clean once more. When I've been challenged with trials or burdens out of my control, I know that it will pass and do my best to perceive them as learning opportunities. The concept of a trial in a laboratory setting means to test. I think it is at these times to truly test if we are acting in such a way that reflects the doctrines of our church. I know that I am not perfect, but I can become whole. I know that Jesus Christ died for our sins, but He rose again. I know that He lives. What a remarkable statement that truly is. I know that Heavenly Father loves us, because we are His children. He wants nothing more than for us to return back to Him one day. I know that as we persevere through our trials with good cheer, we will be given the strength that we need to endure to the end. I know that we can become clean again, and have been given the gift of the Atonement. I know that as we serve others, we will be able to feel the love that He has for them. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God. I know that President Nelson is the current prophet of our day, specifically chosen for this dispensation. I know that the Lord has given us these tools and leaders to help edify ourselves, so that we may be able to make the changes we need to return back to Him.

How I live my faith

Since I've come here, I've been able to serve my community by teaching the primary youth in our church. Each Sunday, I've been preparing lessons about the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. Like all of us, each individual varies in the skills that they have, as well as the level of difficulty. With some children, I've had the opportunity to help them read or understand certain concepts more than others. This has helped me personally see and understand ways that I can better serve them. The most important message I always want to try to get across in these lesson is that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are aware of our needs, and that as we make righteous decisions, we will receive guidance and feel peace.