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Hi I'm Katherine

I'm the editor in chief of Mormon Artist, a nonprofit online magazine.

About Me

I'm a writer, an editor, and a daydreamer. For the past several years, I've been actively involved in promoting the Mormon artistic community through blogging, presenting at festivals and conferences, interviewing Mormon artists, writing articles, reviewing Mormon art, and getting to know the field. I'm still just skimming the surface, but I've gotten involved enough to know that Mormonism has a vibrant religious culture with a goldmine of untapped potential for artistic expression. My goal is to encourage Mormons to integrate their faith with their creativity, and to not feel like they have to keep those two spheres separate. Mormon culture needs bold voices who are not afraid to share the complexity and beauty and goodness of their faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I would say that I have a natural inclination toward spirituality. I think everyone does, whether they understand it or not. I have deep respect for people--of any faith tradition--who dedicate themselves to serving their God and the people around them. At the root of every faith tradition is charity, which is what makes life rich and full. I was born Mormon, but I have explored many other religions. My favorite podcast is PBS's Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. I know there is profound wisdom in every religion, and I deeply appreciate the things I've learned from Buddhism, Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, and Hinduism. However, there is a fullness that Mormonism has--a completeness that I haven't found anywhere else. It's a religion that has refined my spirit in ways that I never thought possible. When I am dedicating my life to the principles of the gospel, I experience a profound sense of peace and wholeness. I can feel myself becoming more impulsively concerned about the welfare of others. I can feel myself wanting to be good--to overcome damaging habits, to expand my love to encompass a wider circle of people. It makes me feel an abiding sense of joy, even during difficult times. How could I not want it?

How I live my faith

I live my faith by letting the knowledge I have breathe itself into every aspect of my life. I attend church every Sunday, read the Bible and the Book of Mormon, listen to talks by LDS church leaders, visit and pray for people who need me, and attend the temple. I pray frequently to my Father, thanking Him for being with me and for guiding me. I consult with Him when I need to make decisions, and I try to understand and sort out the revelation that comes. I really try very hard to be loving and charitable--to see the people around me as children of God so that I will treat them that way. And I have frequent conversations with friends and family where we talk about what we're learning from implementing the principles of the gospel. It seeps into everything--what I wear, what I eat, what I write about. It's the lens through which I interpret my world, and it keeps me steady.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Katherine
That's a good question. I'm a Mormon woman. My mom is a Mormon woman. So is my sister and so are dozens of my friends. And they are fantastic people, let me tell you. They are clean, good, wholesome, nurturing, modest, compassionate...and dang ambitious. They are the sort of women who earn Master's degrees and then become stay-at-home moms, even though it's not a popular or conventional route to take. They are the sort of women who edit magazines, attend city hall meetings, start nonprofits, and write poetry while also finding the time to have adventures with their kids. They're the sort of women who demand respect and support from their husbands while also respecting and supporting their husbands. They expect to be equally yoked in their marriages--to have an equal division of labor when it comes to raising their children and running their households, but they're willing to work hard and put their families first. They're also the sort of women who serve in the Church and in their communities, which means they make dinner for sick neighbors, teach lessons and give talks in church, plan church activities, babysit for women in their wards who are single mothers, teach non-native speakers of English to read and write, sew blankets for children in emerging nations, etc., etc. In short, they visit the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and comfort those who stand in need of comfort. They're kind, dependable, loyal, and smart. And much too busy. They're not perfect by any means. They have very real problems, but by and large they're just downright lovely people who are good examples to me personally. Show more Show less