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Hi I'm Kate

I'm a mother, an engineer, a blogger, and a crafter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is actually Kathryn. As a child I went by Katie and now I go mostly by Kate. By close friends and on the internet I'm often called Kaeits (pronounced Kay-its). My little sister was learning to write and she spelled Katie wrong. It just kind of stuck that way. Right now I'm living in a little apartment with my husband and baby daughter. We spend free time hanging out with friends, experimenting to find the perfect toppings for homemade pizza, and playing with our little one. My degree is in manufacturing engineering technology. As a kid I always wanted to know the why for everything. If I could get the toothpaste out of the tube but not back in, how did it get in there in the first place? I always liked to take things apart to see how they were put together.

Why I am a Mormon

I don't have a specific story about the first time I knew it was true. I grew up in the Church. It was part of my life long before I even realized it. There were key moments in my childhood, and even more frequently moving through the teenage and into the young adult years, where I wondered. I wondered if my parents knew the truth. I wondered if they were wrong. I wondered if God even existed, and if he did why was there still bad in the world. But every time I wondered, something would happen. My dad would say just the right thing without even knowing my thoughts. The most amazing songs of worship would come on while I was flipping though stations on the radio. Always something small, that I had to pay attention to, but a gentle reminder that God was there looking after me. This all came to a point while I was serving a mission in Guatemala. A man told me I couldn't know that the message I shared was true. It surprised me. Most people had simply listened and sometimes either agreed or disagreed. This man, however, didn't challenge the message. He challenged my testimony of it. I felt something amazing at that point. I told him, with a boldness that I'd never felt before, that I did know it. I told what I'd done to get there. How hard I had worked to pay for it. How much I had left behind. How frightened I had been to move there not knowing anyone or any of the language or culture. I told him I would not go through that if I wasn't sure I was sharing the greatest message in the world. At that point I could feel so deeply that every word I said was the truth. The Restored Gospel is the greatest message in the world. It changes my life for the better every time I read the words of the prophets, and even more when I really think about what they say, and even more when I apply them to my life. I know that Joseph Smith was the prophet of the restoration. I know that God lives. That he speaks through his prophets to the world, and through the Spirit to every heart that is open to listen to him. I know that this message can bring so much comfort to the life of any individual. No matter what you suffer, God is there. Jesus Christ suffered for you. He felt your every pain. He knows what you're going through. He cares for you. He looks after you. Trusting in him, you can carry on through hard times. In spite of all the trials you face in this world, you can have peace in your heart. You can know that even though maybe thinks aren't ok right now, they will be. That God has a plan and a purpose for your life, and if you let him, he can help you become stronger with every trial. That is the greatest message in the world.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through service. I serve within the Church. There and almost no paid positions. Attend a meeting, the people who run it are not volunteers. We are asked to serve, and because we love God and know the call comes from him we accept. within the church, I've served as a Nursery Leader teaching the very youngest children about the love our Heavenly Father has for them. I've served on various committees arranged to meet the specific needs of the congregations' I've attended. I serve as a missionary. Specifically, I had the opportunity to give up everything to spend a year and a half in a foreign country and serve the people there. We served both by spreading the good news of the gospel, and by helping them in whatever need we saw painting, yard work, hand washing clothes, etc.. I've returned home now, but I still look for opportunities to share the testimony that makes me so happy. I serve in my community. Specifically in times of need I've been invited to help with large projects. For example, I've driven down to help clear brush and fix roofs for hurricane victims. Those opportunities are extremely rewarding, but smaller projects are just as rewarding. To see a need and work to fill it gives a feeling because I know that by serving others I serve God.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Kate
No. But if we feel like we should do so, it would be foolish to ignore the feeling. As a child I wanted to serve a mission. I saw what the missionaries do. How they learn new things and visit whoever they can and just live helping people. I though it would be so cool and that I would go out and help everyone and learn every language and everyone would love me. As a teenager, I was much more shy. I couldn't imagine leaving everything that was comfortable to me and going to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger about the thing that is most precious to me. I would leave that to those who felt the desire. As a young adult I continued in that mindset until one day, mixing up room numbers in a new area, I wandered into a Sunday School class focusing on preparation for the mission. Sitting there listening, I felt the Spirit. I felt like I needed to serve a mission. I went home and prayed after that meeting. I think my prayer went something along the lines of "Are you serious? That does not fit into my life plan." Despite my protest I felt even stronger that I needed to go. And I knew I couldn't ignore the feeling. So, no one required me to serve a mission. No one even made me feel like it was expected. I felt instruction from my Heavenly Father telling me that it was important specifically for my life, and I followed it. I returned a few months ago. Looking back it was the single hardest and best thing I've ever done. I gave up a lot, but I'll never regret it. It's not that I have so much more now, but that I am so much more now. Show more Show less