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Hi I'm Katie!

I'm a BYU student, a journalist, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and soon-to-mom...and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am 23 years old and attending school in Utah. I will be graduating with a degree in print journalism this coming April. On December 22nd, 2010, I married my sweetheart in the Denver Temple, and on March 6th, 2012, we welcome a sweet baby boy to our family. I grew up in Littleton, Colorado, and live there my whole life until I came to colllege. I currently write for a website called healthcarescene.com. I love to sew, write, spend time with family, and cook.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised by two wonderful parents whose examples helped me to grow in the Gospel, the reason I am Mormon is much deeper than that. Throughout my life, I have gone through experiences that have shown me God's love for me, and that the things I have learned at Church are true. When I think about the times in my life where I have been happiest, they all revolve around the times where I have been the most active in Church, and had the strongest relationship with my Heavenly Father. As cheesy as this sounds, being Mormon makes me happy. I feel so much happiness when I attend the temple and church. And the knowledge that I am sealed to my husband and my son, as well as my own parents, forever brings me unexplainable joy. I can't explain everything, and I don't understand everything, and my testimony is simple. I know this Church is true.

How I live my faith

I'm not perfect by any means. However, I try to live my life how the Savior would. To me, that means showing love to all those around me, serving others, and reaching out to those in need. I believe that actions speak louder than words, and I hope that others can feel my love for the Gospel through the things that I do, more than what I say. It's important to me to show my son the happiness that the Gospel has brought me, and I do that by saying prayers, reading the scriptures, and going to Church. I try to magnify the callings I have been given at church, and give the Lord a portion of my time and effort, as he has given me so much. Mostly, the words from a beautiful hymn explain how I try to live my life: Savior, may I learn to love thee, Walk the path that thou hast shown, Pause to help and lift another, Finding strength beyond my own. Savior, may I learn to love thee— Lord, I would follow thee. Who am I to judge another When I walk imperfectly? In the quiet heart is hidden Sorrow that the eye can’t see. Who am I to judge another? I would be my brother’s keeper; I would learn the healer’s art. To the wounded and the weary I would show a gentle heart. I would be my brother’s keeper— Savior, may I love my brother As I know thou lovest me, Find in thee my strength, my beacon, For thy servant I would be. Savior, may I love my brother—

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

As the scriptures state, Faith without works is dead. In order to increase our faith, we must act. There will be times in our lives where we must make a decision, maybe not totally knowing what the outcome will be. However, when we put our faith in Jesus Christ and the Atonement, and go forward knowing that He will never lead us astray, this will increase our faith. Our faith cannot increase if we don't pray and read the scriptures. I've found it helpful to read articles on LDS.org given to us by representatives of the Lord, because there is a great deal of counsel in these addresses that has come directly from the Lord. Simply living and knowing that Jesus Christ died for us, and loves us, can help ones faith begin to grow. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes! They can be! Marriage was meant to last beyond "til death do us part." When a man and woman are married for time and all eternity in the Temple, they will be together for eternity if they keep the sacred covenants they made. However, the only way husband and wife can be together for eternity is if they are married at the right time, with the right person, and by the right authority. Any worthy person is eligible for these blessings and our Heavenly Father wants all of us to be able to have them. I look forward to the day with great anticipation when I can be sealed to my husband for eternity in the temple. I know with all my heart that families will live together in heaven. The family is central to our Heavenly Father's plan, and he wants us to be able to spend eternity with them. I am so grateful for that promise, and to know that despite what may happen on this earth, my family WILL be together someday, united forever, as long as we do our best to live what the Lord has commanded us to do while on this earth. There is nothing more sweet and comforting than to have this knowledge. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

While all members are asked to participate in missionary work, not all are required to serve a full-time mission away from their home. Young men, aged 19, that are able, are asked to devote two years of their lives to serve missions in places all around the world. While this may seem like a lot to ask of a young man who has just barely left home, many say it was the most rewarding years of their early life. Young women are allowed to serve as well and encouraged to if it is something they have felt, through sincere and pondering, they should do. They can serve at the age of 21 and leave for the period of 18 months in places all over the world. Elderly members of the Church also serve missions if they so choose, and can range from humanitarian missions, service missions, or proselyting missions like younger missionaries. All members can be missionaries, no matter where they are. Some people are not in the position where serving a full-time mission is possible. However, all members can live their lives in the way that show their testimony and devotion to the Church. Show more Show less