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Hi I'm Katie

I'm a college student, music-lover and artist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student majoring in English and Visual Arts. I love to read and write, sing, play the guitar, and lately I have been working on drawing and painting. I have been married a little over a year to my wonderful husband, and we love watching movies together as well as going backpacking and hiking. I am excited to start my own family and hope to be as great a mom as my mom was to me.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, my parents taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ and always took me to church every Sunday. I participated in Primary, Young Women and Sunday School as I grew older. These are all pieces of my background in the LDS Church, but I am Mormon because I have come to know that the gospel taught in the church is true. I feel so strongly that Christ restored this church on the earth. There is no doubt in my mind that God is listening when I pray, and that he responds to prayers, and can instruct me personally as to how I should live my life. These are truths I am grateful for, because with them I have been able to change my life, bit by bit, every day. Although I am a long journey from perfection, I know that God and Jesus Christ will not give up on me, and are available anytime, anywhere when I need a lift. If I continue to follow Christ's gospel, I will eventually make it home to my Father in heaven.

How I live my faith

Church meetings on Sunday are a wonderful opportunity to come closer to the Savior and to be with others who are also there to worship and feel of God's love. Conducting the music in one of our church meetings and sharing the beautiful hymns with those in attendance is one way that I participate in my local ward. I love doing this, for the spirit that it brings me as I prepare and as I share the music with others. In my life each day I strive to live my faith by keeping the commandments, and the standards which I know are right. I make it my aim to speak kindly of others, work diligently and honestly at all I do, and look for opportunities to help others, If I am able.

What is the Law of Chastity?

The Law of Chastity is God's law given to men, instructing them to only have sexual relations to a member of the opposite sex with whom they are legally and lawfully wedded. It is more important than all other commandments except murder or denying the Holy Ghost. The law of Chastity says that single persons are firmly encouraged not to have sex before lawful marriage, and married persons are instructed to only have sex with their spouse. The result of living this law of Chastity is liberating and it brings peace into the life of the person who decides to follow it. If an individual breaks the law of Chastity, it is not necessary to despair; there still is hope. God has provided a way for all of us to repent of our sins, even this sin. The individual must seek guidance, give up the sin, and pray earnestly to God for forgiveness. Show more Show less

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Modern day prophets have counseled members of the Church not to participate in abortion in any way. Because it is taking life, it is an act that places the individual on shaky ground, because it is God's place alone to decide when giving and taking of life will occur. There can be some exceptions to this firm counsel, such as in situations of rape or the mother's health, but even in such circumstances, members are encouraged to pray sincerely for an answer to this difficult question before deciding a course of action. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith, or any of the other Latter-day Saint prophets that have presided over the church since. Joseph Smith is a very important figure for those in the LDS church, because he was the one chosen to restore the church and translate the Book of Mormon, which is a record of Christ's people in the America's who lived 600 years before Christ's birth to several hundred years afterward. Because the church was restored through Joseph Smith, he is a key figure in Mormon history, but we as Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. We do worship God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Members of the LDS faith believe that family is the most important unit of the church, and the home is seen as the greatest place for families and children to learn the principles of the gospel and to gain knowledge of Christ, his Atonement, and God's plan for all of us to return home to Him. We believe that the family is also the most fundamental unit of society, and the thing which will uphold society and strengthen it. If the family is strong, the community and society will also be strong. Because we believe that God ordains families as the most important unit, it becomes very important to us to strengthen and maintain our families, providing a comfortable atmosphere in the home for children and other family members, and this duty comes to be regarded as crucial and also sacred. Families are where children, adults, and everyone can experience the greatest happiness by serving one another and living in harmony in the home. Show more Show less