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Hi I'm Katie

I'm a teacher in beautiful north Georgia. I'm an outdoors enthusiast. I am one of four daughters. Most importantly, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a perpetual student! Right now, I'm working on a doctorate in education which follows an MPA and a bachelor's degree in political science. I've gone to school almost non-stop, including summers, since 2004! I have always loved learning new things, open discussion, old-fashioned debate, and reading good books. So, it's safe to say I'm a nerd, but I do make room for my other loves. If I could live outside, I would. I love camping, hiking, trail running, and cycling, but anything that requires me to be outdoors is a favorite activity of mine. I live in a beautiful part of the world and very much enjoy spending time with God's creation. Most of all, I enjoy being with my family. I am one of four daughters. I'm so close to my sisters and have always considered myself blessed to have three built-in best friends. We grew up in the mountains, far away from neighbors or other children our age. We had and still have a lot of adventures and misadventures together. I have six nieces and nephews that I adore, and I'm sure more will come as the years pass. They are all very close as well, and it's amazing to watch them grow and learn. My parents are incredible people who have raised my sisters and me to be independent, self-sufficient, and responsible adults. I am so thankful to have been blessed with all that I have.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by my parents who were both converts. While their influence was obviously the catalyst for my membership in the church, it certainly is not what has kept me there. The nature of growing up in the south is that you are lucky to be surrounded by many good and Godly people, but Mormons are certainly a minority in my neck of the woods. Because of this, I was required at a very young age to make a decision about my faith, independent of my parents and loved ones. And, I was required to know it well in order to answer a lot of questions! Throughout the years, my testimony has grown stronger and stronger. Looking back, I realize that I have been tremendously blessed to live in an area that has tested my faith and required such diligent and deliberate scripture study, prayer, and trust in my Heavenly Father. I have been given answers to prayers that are nothing short of miraculous. I have been inspired by the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon and amazed at each book's simultaneous simplicity and complexity. I believe in God and Jesus Christ, and I believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am intrigued by and have studied other faiths and visited other churches, where I have felt warmth and goodness. Still, I have never felt the fullness and fulfillment anywhere else that I have experienced as a member of the Mormon faith. I am a Mormon because I know what the gospel has done for me, and I know that God knows it.

How I live my faith

I am currently a Sunday School teacher which is perfect for someone like me because I love to study scripture, but I don't always have the perspective of life experience to bring them to life! I am so grateful for the opportunity to share what I have learned from my own study but even more grateful to learn from others. I believe that my Father in Heaven knows this about me because every calling I've ever received in the church has involved teaching. I've worked with the women of the church, the youth of the church, missionaries and non-members, and my own peers, all in some type of teaching and learning capacity. My very first official calling in the church required me to teach adult women on a regular basis. I was only 18 at the time. My second calling required me to teach teenagers. I was 19, almost 20, but still a teenager myself. Though daunting at times, I am so thankful for these past experiences because they led me through college and into my profession as a school teacher with seamless transition. I came into the classroom having been comfortable teaching for years. I know all of my church responsibilities made me a more well rounded, extroverted adult.