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Hi I'm Kathryn I

I'm a science student, an amateur genealogist and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a university student working towards a degree in Molecular Biology. I like traveling around places like Europe. I enjoy cooking by way of mixing whatever recipes sound good together. I like sewing, anything from helping someone hem a pair of pants to making Halloween costumes. I love reading, especially books like "Harry Potter" and "Lord of the Rings". Let's see... I used to speak French better than I can now, I studied it for 4 years in high school and 5 semesters in college but now that it's been a few years it takes me a while to formulate my sentences. I met my fiancé a few weeks into freshman year of college, waited for him while he was a missionary, and now we're getting married in August. Yay!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 11 years old, my dad brought us to the Mormon church on Easter Sunday. Before this church we attended the Catholic church very rarely, if at all. At first my siblings and I were just excited that the Mormon chapels had padded pews, but it became so much more. It took a while to get used to being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ... I didn't really know how to answer questions about the gospel in Sunday school, or really what the Book of Mormon was about... but all good things are worth the work you put in. I was baptized with my family in August of the same year we started going to church, and doing so has made a huge difference in my life. My ward is like my family and I love them too. It took my family a while to get used to living a different lifestyle, my parents stopped drinking their coffee and tea, I learned to dress more modestly. I have never felt as though it's been anything other than an awesome decision. One thing that really helped me adjust was when my brother started to understand the importance of the gospel. His example helped me want to learn more, and helped my family grow stronger in the church. I'm so proud of him for serving as a missionary, and sharing that new understanding with those around him, helping them see where happiness could be found. Later, as I was going through middle school and high school, it seemed to me that a lot of Mormons went to BYU for college, and I for one "didn't want to be surrounded by Mormons all day long". But when you're together with people you love (in your ward, or at places like BYU), who love Heavenly Father and his gospel, it's easy to share your testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. This helps you strengthen others and be strengthened by those around you. You feel so good you want to share that awesome feeling with everyone, just so that you can see other people become as happy as you are. I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know what happiness feels like. I'm glad that I have a family that I love and who loves me. Sometimes I get nervous about piping up and sharing, but I love the opportunities I have to share my belief in Jesus Christ: that He lives, that He knows us personally, that He suffered for all of our sins, pains, sufferings, anything that would weigh us down, that He atoned for those things and died for us, only to rise again so that we could all return with Him to live with Heavenly Father again. And I wouldn't trade that in for anything.

How I live my faith

Sometimes callings you get at church can seem tough (like maybe you don't want to do them at first), but I learned this year that you're really serving to benefit those around you and make their lives better, which in turn helps you. At school this semester I'm a group leader for my Family Home Evening group, which means I help plan (and assign other people to help) get a fun activity and a spiritual lesson together for the apartments in my group. This way, as friends we can keep up the practice of having fun and learning together as a "family" even though we're far away from our respective families. I'm also part of our ward's Family History Committee, as an unofficial genealogy guru... meaning since I'm excited about doing my family history, and know how to get research done I'm fairly good at helping other people find out about their ancestors. It's nice to think how the ancestors I'm finding (or helping other people find) are probably really glad that someone took the time to look for them.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Kathryn I
I believe that families can be together forever. I also believe that because Heavenly Father knows all things, he knows what's best for us even if we don't, and he will make sure that everything works out with our families for the best. The family and the home can be great places of strength within the church. You can learn and grow while feeling comfortable with the people you love, you can teach each other, share with each other, and grow closer together. For this reason we try to have Family Home Evening once a week, to set aside a time where we promise to set aside what we're doing to take the time to strengthen our family relationships, and to let each other know that we know that God loves us, and wants us to love each other. God put us in the families we're in, and even though sometimes we might wonder about that, God knows what he's doing and things will turn out for our good. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Kathryn I
I believe that the priesthood, or the authority given by God to act in his name, is a special responsibility that God has asked men to shoulder. The priesthood however, is not to be used to benefit yourself, but to benefit others, such as the sick, or anyone else (family or otherwise) who is in need of a blessing from God. Though women don't hold the priesthood themselves, we certainly benefit from it. The priesthood is only one responsibility that God gives though, and there are so many others. One responsibility God gives to women is the desire to nurture and raise children, to bring children into the world. God gave us the opportunity as spirits to come to earth and gain a body, how amazing is it as women that we are given the chance to raise the children God sends to us? Men and women have different, but no less important responsibilities, and in whatever way we can we act as equal partners. Show more Show less

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

Kathryn I
I think prayer can really help you in knowing that there is a God, that he is real, and that he loves you. When you pray, do so with an open heart, seeking for an answer. I believe that all good things come from God, and praying can help you feel peace and a calm assurance that God is there, listening. I can tell there's a God from small things, such as the beautiful weather as I walk to campus everyday, to big things like the love I feel for my family. If there wasn't a God, what would be the purpose of these things? In the Book of Mormon there's a verse that says that men are here on earth so that they may have joy, and I know that because I do feel joy, that there must be a God. Even when I'm sad I know that there is a God, because somehow, through a prayer or just an unasked-for blessing, my burdens seem easier to bear. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Kathryn I
I believe that everyone should have a chance to learn of the doctrines and gospel of Jesus Christ. Knowing that God loves all his children, and that he is merciful, why should he not extend that chance to those that have died? I believe that Christ proclaimed this same gospel to the earth when he came, but that over time the messages were distorted - not that the truths were completely lost, or that everything was absolutely wrong, but that they lacked authority, and the confirmation of God because there were no prophets to guide the people. The gospel of Jesus Christ was restored in this day because the people of the earth were finally ready to have the true and correct doctrines brought to light again by the power of God. But what about the many people who died in between those times? Again, God is merciful, and has let it be known that the dead will still have the opportunity, if they so choose, to hear and accept this gospel. We as Mormons do things such as baptisms for the dead because we believe that having a body is essential for certain ordinances, that the dead as spirits cannot do for themselves. By being baptized by proxy, we are volunteering to stand in their place for the physical act of baptism, and the dead are given the choice (after having been taught about the gospel) to accept this covenant and be on their way to live again with Heavenly Father as we will all have the chance to do. Of course, they have the choice, all people have agency to choose, living or dead, to covenant with Heavenly Father to keep his commandments and live worthily to go back to Him. Everyone can really have that chance. Show more Show less