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Hi I'm Katherine

I grew up in Southern California. I am an identical twin, I am a convert to the Mormon church and I love it!

About Me

I am an identical twin. I grew up in Southern California. I worked in the dental field for many years particularly in the front office. I was married for 30 years and I am presently single. I have six of the greatest, most accomplished, and caring children and almost ten wonderful and fun loving grandchildren. I am presently retired. I love spending my time doing gardening, going for bike rides helping others, researching my family history, and serving in my church in whatever capacity I am asked to help.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a young girl in the Roman Catholic faith. Early in my twenties I was introduced to the Mormon faith. It was the most transforming experience of my life as I learned and understood the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was given a new perspective of who I am, why I am here. There are great rewards in the next life for those who keep the commandments of God by living a good and righteous life, and by serving as the Savior did. The knowledge of having an eternal family is extremely satisfying and brings great joy to my heart. We are all part of a Heavenly family and one day will return to Heavenly Father and the Savior. I am most appreciative to know that the Lord used a young, uneducated boy, Joseph Smith, to accomplish His purposes. He was an instrument in bringing forth the Book of Mormon. A record that was kept by the people on the American continent anciently. The truths that are contained in the Book of Mormon clarify and teach gospel principles that have been lost or distorted over the ages. They are the same & clarified truths that the Lord taught when he lived on the earth with the Jews. Within the pages of the Book of Mormon are the dealings of the Lord with his people ("other sheep" referred to by the Savior) on the American continent. It is a second witness of Jesus Christ. The Bible also is a witness of Jesus Christ and His dealings with the people of Israel. In the Lord's due time He will bring forth other records of other people, in other lands that will witness Christ's ministry to them. I am grateful for this knowledge and teachings that have changed my life and have made me the person I am today.

How I live my faith

I try to live my life after the example of Jesus Christ. As I read the scriptures I look for attributes and teachings that I personally can incorporate into my daily life. The Savior is a great example of service. By serving others we loose ourself only to find something greater in ourself. There are so many ways to serve. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I presently watch over sisters that are in need. I have developed many talents and skills in helping them, but most significantly I have increased personally in charity, and compassion for others. I have a great respect for Womanhood and for women who bravely every day handle their trials and challenges into today's world. We are daughters of our Heavenly Father. He knows us and love us. This I know to be true. This is a constant and brings great hope!

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Katherine
It is a great blessing to have the knowledge of the purposes and plan of our Father in Heaven. There are many of his children throughout the world that have not had the opportunity to hear the gospel and be baptized. They need to choose for themselves whether they accept it. Agency is an eternal principle and is very important in their progression. The Lord's work continues in the spirit realm. Departed ancestors have the opportunity to hear the gospel and accept it there. Because they no longer have a physical body until the Resurrection, members of the Church provide temple ordinance such as baptism for them. It is through baptism that they further continue in their spiritual progression. Show more Show less

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

Katherine
The Church does not endorse an paticular candidate or political party and never has. Church members have the moral agency to choose candidates and political parties that best suit the standards of the church both morally and ethically. Prayerfully church members are to consider the issues and platforms of any candidate or party and in good conscience make a good and educated choice. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Katherine
Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the center of our lives. It is through his atoning sacrifice and grace that we will return and live with Him and Heavenly Father again. The Lord does expect however that we do all in our power to love, serve, repent of our sins, and develope Godly attributes. For no unclean thing can enter into His presence. This is where grace comes in. Because we are not perfect the Lord has provided the atonement and grace to free us from the chains that would otherwise bind us for eternity. He paid the price in our behalf. We are expected to do all that we can to be worthy of such a gift. The Book of Mormon teaches: 'For we labor diligently to write to persuade our children and also our brethren to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God' for we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do' (2 Nephi 25:23) Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Katherine
The work ethic and being industrious is very important to fully developing one's character. Part of this is being self-reliant. With self-reliance comes a sense of independance and self respect. We learn how to budget, be thrifty, and to evaluate between "wants and needs". Being free from debt is a huge part of self- reliance and self-discipline. Burdens are lifted immensely, and we are free to help and serve others in need. Being self-reliant is a personal goal everyone should strive for. Show more Show less