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Hi I'm Katie

About Me

I am a stay at home mom to four children and married to a very hard working, loving man. I love to read, exercise, take pictures, be with my family and friends. We don't live near family, so one of our favorite things is to go and visit them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. Even though I have always attended church and had my parents be an example and a guide, I knew that as I got older it would be my choice if I continued to believe as I had been taught. I have always loved the feelings I had at church, and knew that what they were telling me, made me feel good. When I was about 13-14 years old, I had some experiences that made me feel as those testimonies I had been living off of, were no longer mine to live. They still believed in the gospel, but I needed to know for myself. I felt alone and afraid as I realized that it was my testimony that I needed to find and grow. Through prayer and scripture study I began to feel that I no longer had faith that these things were true, but that I was starting to know. As I have grown older, graduated, married and had children, I have had to continue to nourish and strengthen my testimony. I have times of frustration, disappointment, and my testimony has struggled. I have never questioned the church to be true, I had received that answer when I was 13-14, but I knew that this life was a stepping place. That I would not have a complete knowledge, but that I needed to feed my testimony line upon line, precept upon precept. That each trial, each year would bring more to my knowledge. Through these things my testimony of the Book of Mormon, Prophets, the Temple, families have all grown and continue to grow. The most important thing I have gained is the testimony of the atonement for me. Not through just sin, but that Jesus Christ lived and died for all of our sorrows, joys, worries, disappointments. He has felt all that I have felt. There are some things that I continue to live by faith on, knowing that as I do my part to seek that these things will one day be given to me to be a knowledge of. I am thankful to have a Prophet today who is a guide. I love to listen to his words and those who work along with them. They give peace to me. I pray often to know for myself that what they teach is true. I am thankful for the gift of free agency, that allows us to question and to seek in the right places. I know that it is only through Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that I will receive the answers I need, the world cannot give them to me. The gospel does not protect me from the harms of the world, but the gospel gives me the hope and knowledge that these experiences are for me to grow to live with my father one day. I know that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ. That the gospel was restored on the earth through a young boy, Joseph Smith. I know that the book that he translated, The Book of Mormon, is another testament. I know the bible to be true. I know that the people in the gospel are not perfect, we make mistakes, we don't always live the fulness of the gospel. If you seek, pray to our Father in Heaven, he will give you the fulness and the knowledge of the gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day. We attend church once a week where I serve with the young woman, and the 9-10 year old scouts. As a family we follow the counsel that was given to us to pray daily, read the scriptures, and have a family night once a week. These things have helped our family through difficult times of health problems, and other trials. I try to live by example daily to my children and those around me. I have learned that help from those sisters who come to visit me once a month can strengthen me as I try to fulfill my duties of a wife and mother.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

The Mormon lifestyle is very close to how many people live their lives. We believe in following and obeying the law of the lands. We believe in gaining an education, working hard, and being honest in all that you do. We attend school, and are active in our communities. We enjoy having fun and participating and many different activities. Our families are the most important things to us, and we believe that a family that works together, plays together, and learns together will be a strong and loving family for eternity. We believe in keeping our bodies pure and clean through chastity before marriage and during marriage. We believe in not putting things in our bodies that would control us or take away our agency such as, alcohol, drugs, or things that are addictive in their nature. We believe keeping our minds virtuous through the things we watch, listen to, read or do. We are taught to respect ourselves and our bodies through modest dress and thoughts. Our Church is founded on free agency. I have found that as I live the standards and the principles that are taught in the gospel, than I do not desire to do these things. It is up to us to make the choice of how we live. We are given many different things to guide us, a living Prophet who receives revelation for all members of the church, seminary/Institute, Family Home Evening, parents, teachers, the scriptures. We believe in following the example of Jesus Christ to live how he did, serving, teaching, loving, obeying, and compassion. We are not just hearers of the Word, but doers. I find that my life is full of many wonderful outside experiences of exercise, book clubs, date nights, travel, and all the joys the world has to offer. I find that when I am living the standards of the gospel than I am able to truly enjoy and appreciate what the Lord has given me. Show more Show less