Hi I'm Katie Jo
I love life and learning. The gospel has been such a blessing and a guide in my life. I am happily married and we have four beautiful children. Ages 9,7,3 and 10 months old. My children are my joy. I love teaching them the gospel. I am a stay at home mom. I love to play and teach and learn right along with my children. I do understand and know that as a mom I have a great responsibility to rear my children in love and kindness. I pray and hope one day they will all recognize the blessing that our Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ have given to each of us.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born and raised in the gospel. And I do recognize the many blessing that the gospel is in my life. I think the one and only thing that I can do to "Thank" my Heavenly Father is to live the way I should so that one day the way I live will be an example or a light to those who are outside of our circle. Trying to be like our Savior is the goal. He has lead the way for us all. The ONE true shepard.
How has attending Church services helped you?
I look forward to Church services every week. What a blessing it is to attend Sacrament meeting feeling the spirit and partaking of the sacrament to renew my covenant with My Heavenly Father. What an awesome feeling to have to carry you through the entire week. I love attending the other meetings also. My testimony is strengthen to hear and see others serve. My understanding of the gospel is increased as I go to Sunday school and discuss the doctrine. It just neat to find and get other members perceptives on living the gospel standards.
Could you talk about your baptism?
Baptism is the first step to returning to live back in the presents of our Heavenly Father. I am so grateful that I was able to be baptized and become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. What a blessing of joy and happiness this has brought to me throughout my life. I was baptized at age 8 and now at age 30 can still remember the feelings that I had on that very day. What a special day it was to me to be pronounced clean and then having the opportunity to recieve the gift of the Holy Ghost. Even though we are not able to be baptized again and again to be clean, we have the opportunity each week to partake of the sacrament and renew our covenants with our Heavenly Father. Now each week I look forward to taking the sacrament and teaching my children the importance of it.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is a major part of my life. Without it I would be lost. I yearn for the opportunity to drop to my knees to Thank and ask my Heavenly Father for the things that I have and stand in need of. I know he knows me and loves me. I always try to have a prayer in my heart at all times. Ecknowledging his hand in all things helps me to see and focus on the bigger picture. I believe that our Heavenly loves to hear the things that we experience on a daily basis. And it's so very important to open and keep that line of communication open. So we are ready at all times to recieve the inspiration and prompting that we so deparately need in such a trouble some world.
What have you done successfully to shield your family from unwanted influences?
Teach my children the importance of good influences. Encourage good influences as much as possible so they recognize the difference and the feelings that are present. I honestly think reading the Book of Mormon helps a ton too. The stories in there can apply to us now days. We learn the struggles and sucesses from the people then and try to apply the teaching for now days. Teaching your children to feel the spirit is probably the best thing you could ever do for your child. If they recognize and follow the promptings that they are given. They won't to make the wrong choices, they will have that desire to follow the right ones.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
There have been several different ways my prayer have been answered. After saying a prayer I wait and listen or wait for that comforting feeling to reassure me. Sometimes I find the answers as I'm reading and pondering the scriptures, just like someone stuck it in front of me telling what to do. Sometimes it's through service from others. Sometimes it's through serving others the answer comes. Sometimes it's comes through attending the temple. I know that sometimes our prayers are not answered for a long time just so we can get in and dig for the answer. Maybe even sometimes we are not ready to hear the answer and the Lord waits to aswer when we are ready to recieve it, but he will always answer. I know he does hears us and does answer our prayers when we are ready to recieve it.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
The Holy Ghost has helped me so many times in my life that I don't even know where to begin. I do know that he is a guide, and a light to me. I truely think of him as a best friend. Without the influence of the Holy Ghost I really would be one lost soul. It amazing to me how that Holy Ghost works. I know if I'm worthy and doing the things that I should that he will dwell with me and help me to choose the right. I do know that the minute I think a bad thought or particapate in bad things I can feel him leave. The feelings and the joy he can bring are well worth being worthy to have him as a guide. I like to think of the three members of the Godhead.....Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. It's like having a member of the Godhead with you at all times. The Holy Ghost has helped with friends situations, work situations, choices in my life that have been a turning point to getting me to where I am now, with raising my four children, being a wife, and serving in the church and also when I've been in harms way. Something I hope I never have to go without.
How I live my faith
One day at a time. Repentance is the key. None of us are perfect. So I say one day at a time we become better through pray, reading the scriptures, fasting, paying my tithing, teaching the gospel to my children, serving in my calling to the best that I know how, being a good wife, loving those who I come in contact with even those who don't like me, and attending the temple as often as possible. Repenting when I fail. Listening and Following the Holy Ghost when prompted is the biggest key to success because I know without a shadow of a doubt that he will not lead me astray.