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Hi I'm Kate Toepke

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, and a school psychologist. I love doing things with my hands, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to go out to dinner with my husband, family, and friends. I work part-time at an elementary school. I have a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and school psychology. I have three beautiful daughters, two of whom are married and have beautiful children of their own. I've traveled a bit in Europe, but find I'm always happy to come home. My interests change from time to time. I used to love to garden, but now I'm finding it a bit of a chore. I really should be out there now, but it's December and cold and foggy, so I think I'll stay inside where it's warm. I enjoy making things. Currently I've developed a passion for knitting, but at other times, I've done beading as well. Before I went graduate school, I used to do some decorative painting. Other kinds of painting such as painting the house or rooms in the house doesn't interest me at all. As my father-in-law used to say, "I'd rather take a beating than paint." From time to time I do home improvement projects. The latest one was to install a small fountain in my front yard. I even used a level to make sure the water came out of the bubbler evenly. Of course, to power the whole thing, I had to run an extension cord out to the fountain and that was unsightly. So my kind husband, who was quite proud of my efforts, even though he had initially mocked my fountain purchase, paid our friend's son to dig a small ditch from the pond to the outlet.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon with pioneer ancestors who came to Utah in the 1800s. My parents were devout church members. However, in my college years, I developed a testimony of my own. I was living on my own, and I read the Book of Mormon. My testimony did not come right away, even though I prayed about it. Instead, it came gradually. There have been times in my life when I have been less active in church, but I always come back because of the strong spiritual feeling I get when I hear certain things. Sometimes it's a hymn, sometimes it's a talk at church; other times, it's a feeling I get when I pray. I know that God loves me and I know he answers prayers because he has answered my prayers. Not always in the way that I wanted, but still they have been answered, sometimes powerfully. This testimony is not something that can be measured scientifically, but it is as real to me as anything else in this world. I love knowing that I can be with my family not only in this life, but throughout the eternities. It is also a source of pride for me that the Church does so much humanitarian service both locally and throughout the world. They do it quietly, without fanfare, so most people do not realize the enormity of the Church's efforts.

How I live my faith

I tend to be a quiet member of my ward. Currently, I teach teenagers about the Old Testament once a week. While it is a challenge for me to read the scriptures and prepare a lesson, I find that I really enjoy being with the young people. They are full of life. They have a lot of challenges and they are at a pivotal point in their development. I think they need all the support they can get. Another way I contribute in my ward is to visit with other women once a month. Another woman from church and I go visit four other women in their homes and talk about a variety of gospel related things. We check in and see if there are any needs that we or the Church could address. Then, there are other things that come up such as making a dinner for someone who is sick or who just had a baby. There are service projects, like helping to clean up a school or a park. Sometimes, we do humanitarian service projects such as making hospital gowns for children in Africa. Rather than hold garage sales from time to time, I donate things I no longer want or need to the Deseret Industries, which provides job training and opportunities for people in need. My husband and I also pay tithing and fast offerings to help address the needs of others.