Hi I'm Katie
I play three musical instruments. I love reading, hiking, and biking. I'm a Mormon.
I recently married my best friend in the Salt Lake Temple, which will allow us to be together "for time and all eternity." I'm the youngest of five children. I have 15 nieces and nephews (so far), and I LOVE spending time with my growing family! I received my bachelor's degree in Business Management: Marketing, and I now review marketing materials and social media accounts for a mortgage company. Music is my passion! I play piano, trombone, and mandolin, and I sing. I'm an avid reader (mostly fantasy), and I have been learning graphic design. I also love hiking, Jeeping (off-roading), camping, rappelling, skiing, waterskiing, yoga, and just about everything else I have time to try!
Because I was raised in the LDS faith, I don't have a "conversion" story that involves attending other churches and meeting with missionaries. Like many others of my faith, I chose to be baptized at the age of eight and was very excited for my baptism. I choose to remain in this church because it teaches principles and a lifestyle that lead to ultimate, eternal happiness. Most importantly, it teaches of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, His love, and His role in our lives. I also love being part of a church that teaches the importance and eternal nature of families. I know that I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who knows me personally, who loves me, and who is aware of me. I have had many personal experiences in my life that let me know He hears me and He answers my prayers. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that He has taken my sins upon Himself so that I can make it back to God's kingdom after this life. I am a Mormon because I know this is the church that Christ set up on this earth and that Jesus Christ, through prophets and apostles, leads and directs it today. The older I get, the more I am exposed to others outside of our faith, and the more I see what a difference being a Mormon has made in my life. What others often see as strict rules and restrictions are actually commandments given by God to keep us free from influences (alcohol, sexual relations outside of marriage, addictive substances, pornography) that would bind us down and take away our freedom. I live a clean life. I feel good about myself and who I am. When I attend church on Sunday, when I read the Book of Mormon, and at many other times, I feel the presence of the Holy Ghost telling me that this is good, that this is right. I wouldn't have it any other way.
After attending wards (congregations) made up of young single adults for the past ten years, my new husband and I have moved into a family ward, as is customary when a couple marries. It has been an interesting adjustment for both of us, and it has also opened many opportunities to serve our neighbors in different capacities. I currently serve in my church as the piano player for the children's organization, which we call the Primary. After being around adults for so many years, this has been a wonderful experience for me and allows me to use my musical talents to bless the children in our ward. I am also learning so much from the other adult Primary leaders that will help me prepare to teach my own children (someday) about Jesus Christ. To me, being a Mormon also involves serving my community. I play trombone in a local symphony orchestra, where I donate my skills and time to providing accessible and inexpensive musical performances to our area. I believe that good, wholesome music blesses people. I completed a two-year volunteer commitment as the Secretary to the Board for my orchestra, and I now offer my occasional assistance in designing advertisements. My husband and I also enjoy helping at the homeless shelter when the opportunities arise, as it gives us a much-needed reality check and also lends a helping hand to some of our community's most vulnerable people. Perhaps the greatest way to serve is simply by giving love. In 2013, I spent three months in Ghana, where I volunteered in an orphanage that housed 100 children of all ages. I fell absolutely in love with these children as I cared for them, taught them, and played with them. I also learned a great deal about what matters most in life and what does not, as the beautiful little people I served became the focus of all of my time and attention. Serving in these capacities has expanded my vision, increased my love, and helped me to feel closer to the Savior--our ultimate Example of charity.