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Hi I'm Kathy

I'm a mother, a blogger, and a documentary filmmaker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost, I'm a mother and wife. I love my little family, and taking care of my daughter as a full time homemaker. I love playing games with my husband, and we love camping, hiking, and visiting foreign countries. I'm always trying to learn something new, like how to cook Indian food or a new crocheting technique. I love writing, and recently received a MA of English. I've taught writing classes at BYU, and like blogging in my spare time. I love documentaries, and the way they help you see the world in a new way. I'm currently working on a project where I film something interesting or compelling in the world around me every single day and then post it online. It has really opened my eyes to the wonder all around me. While I currently live in Utah, I grew up in Washington, Connecticut, Virginia, Brazil, and Finland.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon for many reasons, but most of all because I feel like I've come to know the truth of Mormonism for myself. When I pray, I feel like I have a personal connection to God, and that I have purpose and direction in my life. I know that God loves everyone on this earth, and that we are each his children. When I seek out God and pray to him earnestly He fills me with peace, comfort, hope, and strength. By myself, I feel like a small leaf, blown by the wind any which way; with my faith I'm a tree, firmly rooted and able to experience sunlight and storm, ever growing and reaching out to expand my influence. I'm a Mormon in part because of the example of my heritage. One of my ancestors knew Joseph Smith, our first prophet in modern times, and she wrote about how he seemed to emanate light. I have ancestors who walked thousands of miles as pioneers--suffering bitter cold and the loss of loved ones--to escape religious persecution so they could practice Mormonism. I also have family members who embraced Mormonism more recently--my grandfather joined the LDS church after returning from fighting in World War II, and my grandmother became a Mormon in California in the 1950s after meeting with Mormon friends and missionaries. My heritage is a part of who I am today, providing me with examples of faith and stories that inspire me. Yet I have not accepted my faith blindly. From the time I was 12 years old, I have sought to know the truth for myself, reading and learning about my faith and other religions. I've seen the way people practice religion in many parts of the world, and have learned truths everywhere I've been. But every time I pray, I've felt in my heart that the full truth is provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and trying to live as God would have me live. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

One way that I live my faith is through serving (without pay) at church. I'm currently a teacher at church. Last year I taught the 16 and 17 year olds a class on the Old Testament. This year I'm teaching the 12 and 13 year olds a class on prophets and their teachings. In the past, I've also taught classes on marriage and family, on temples, and a beginning scripture class to 3 and 4 year old children. I admit--I love teaching, and so I'm always excited every time a church leader asks me to teach a class. I think learning is one of the most important things in this world, for both things secular and things spiritual, and I've been happy to use my experience teaching college writing classes to teach at church. I also try to live my faith on a daily basis, through becoming more like Jesus Christ. I read his teachings, I pray to God. I try to develop my relationships with my family members. I also try to make a difference in the world around me through serving others and giving my time and skills to community and civic efforts.