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Hi I'm Katie

I'm a chicken lover, a dog rescuer, niece and nephew spoiler, and a white cheddar junkie. Oh, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The other day I went to grab something out of the back seat of my car and was struck but just how random of a life I live -- I had various religious texts, some corn seeds, a bag of Cheetos, and a horse mask. And yes, all of those things have been used in the last couple of weeks. My life tends to be very busy, yet very unpredictable. I always thought that I would be married and have a million kids by now, but I don't. So I have filled my time with what I consider to be great endeavors. I work at a film production company where Nerf fights often erupt between our dynamic staff. It's fantastic. Outside of work, I spend a lot of time with my 20 nieces and nephews (that's not a typo, I do have TWENTY! And two more on the way). They are a riot! I think the fact that they span in age from in utero to teenage years helps me keep a sense of wonder and adventure in my life. Among my greatest adventures lately has been buying my first home. I never thought that was something I would do alone, but it has been great. I have a large garden that usually looks neglected, but deep down, it knows I care about it. I also am living out my red-neck dreams with my three pet chickens, my wiener dog who is looking more like a hamburger dog, and my one-eyed snaggle toothed dog. All in all, its a pretty fabulous life.

Why I am a Mormon

The most simple answer is because it is true! Joseph Smith truly did see God the Father and Jesus Christ. Through him, the Church was restored -- the same church that was on the earth when Christ was here. The Book of Mormon is given as "another witness of Jesus Christ" and will truly help us draw nearer to our Savior than we otherwise could. I am so grateful for this knowledge!

How I live my faith

I'm not sure if it's that I love to serve, or if it's a result of my social awkwardness, but I love to have projects. When I go to parties or get-togethers, I often sneak into the kitchen to see what I can do to help out. For me, that's part of living my religion. I think it's important to go beyond just saying that we love Jesus, and move to where we try to emulate His life. He served and loved and uplifted. We should do the same. I love that being a Mormon gives me lots of opportunities to serve. Not only do I have a congregation where I get to know and love people, I have responsibilities within the congregation. Each Wednesday night I teach a scripture study class for other people my age. It's intimidating since I'm not a bible scholar or anything, but it is a really cool experience to talk with other young single adults about how the scriptures apply to our lives RIGHT NOW. However, I do have to admit that I am pretty nervous to teach about Isaiah tomorrow. Some of that is so hard to understand and apply! For me, another important part of living my faith is taking time to attend the temple. Unlike LDS chapels that everyone and anyone is welcome at, entering the temple requires that you be a Mormon and that you are living in-line with the commandments of the Lord. It is a sacred place where we are able to make promises with God. It is a place of inspiration and peace. I love being there and right now I have a great opportunity to volunteer there, helping other temple goers to have a spiritual experience there. It's awesome! All in all, I've come to understand that living my faith means that I do more than just think of Jesus on Sunday. It means that I am striving each day to do what He would have me do and to serve people the way He would if He were here.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Katie
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. He does not have a physical body, but rather one of spirit. Because of this, he is able to fulfill his role of leading and directing us. When people are baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they are given the gift of the Holy Ghost. This means that if they follow God's commandments, they will have the Holy Ghost to guide and protect them 24-7. What a wonderful blessing! Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Katie
Mormons are Christian, and as such, we seek to follow Jesus Christ's example. He taught us to love and serve everyone. He exemplified that. And so does the Mormon Church. Countless people have benefited from disaster relief, vaccinations, health education programs, and various other humanitarian projects. Aside from mass service projects though, Mormons serve others. When I see a need, I seek to meet it. And as quickly as possible, without hesitating to ask if the person who needs help shares my beliefs. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Katie
There was a time when I was growing up when my dad was unemployed and my mom had staggering health bills. My family didn't have money for food. But we didn't go hungry. The Church stepped in and gave us food, but along with that, they gave us opportunities to serve other people and to work hard. They helped us get through those rough times so that we could become self-sufficient again. And really, I see that as what the program is all about. Remember that old saying, "Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime"? Basically, the Church welfare program is about teaching people how to fish. Mostly figuratively ;). Rather than just throwing money at poverty, the Church welfare program really does seek to give people skills to move themselves out of poverty. The Church has programs that bring education and health care to impoverished nations, but also into the homes of people here in the US struggling top get by. It's pretty awesome. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Katie
Basically, the Law of Chastity is that we're not supposed to have sex with anyone except our spouse. And though a lot of people think this makes Mormons weird, I have got to say, it is one of my favorite teachings of the Church. Don't get me wrong -- it's not that I don't want to have sex, because believe you me, as a near 30-year-old virgin, I really like to get married and enjoy an intimate relationship with my spouse. At least in my opinion, one of the things that makes God a god is that he has power to create. I am humbled when I look at all of creation and think that He directed Jesus Christ to make this world for us. But I am equally humbled when I realize that God has delegated some of His creative power to me; I have within me the power to create a new life here on the earth! Crazy huh? And as cliche as it is, with great power comes great responsibility. The responsibility God has given us with this creative power is that we're only to use it within the bounds of marriage. Which, when you really think about it, isn't much to ask. Because I have lived the Law of Chastity, I have never had to worry about an unwanted pregnancy, or being nothing more than a biological toy for a man. I have been able to enjoy deep relationships based on more than just sexual attraction. And I have confidence that because of living this way, I will one day have a rich relationship with my future spouse and children. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Katie
My favorite day in elementary school was when we got to go to the library and watch episodes of "Reading Rainbow." Do you remember that show? I know it's strange, but I always loved it when the host would be recommending a book and then say, "But you don't have to take my word for it." That corny line always stuck with me. And I think one of the things I love about Mormonism is that you can apply that "You don't have to take my word for it" approach to it. Each person wanting to know if the Church is true is encouraged to study the gospel, follow the commandments, and then pray and ask God if it is true. God wants you to know for yourself that it is true, He doesn't want you to just take someone else's word that it's true, He wants you to experience it for yourself. And He has promised that if we really want to know and ask Him, He will tell us (Moroni 10:4-5). Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Katie
Joseph Smith was a prophet, just like Moses and Noah in the Old Testament. If you're familiar with the bible, you'll recall that the people didn't worship them or any of the other prophets, but they did look to them with great respect. Why? Because the people recognized these men as the Lord's chosen spokesman on the Earth. That's a pretty big deal being asked to convey God's word to all of humanity! Its because of the hugeness of Joseph Smith's calling to be a prophet when there had been such a long period without a prophet that us Mormons talk about him so much. We definitely don't worship him. We worship God and His Son, Jesus Christ. But we have the utmost respect for Joseph Smith's role in speaking for God on the earth. Show more Show less