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Hi I'm Katherine

I'm a musician who plays the cello. I teach music in a public elementary school, at my home, and at Western Oregon University.

About Me

I have two degrees in Music, play the piano and cello, and I love teaching. I enjoy hiking in the outdoors with my husband, and fishing on the Pacific coast with my dad. I was a student abroad in Germany for four years, and would love to converse with German-speakers who have questions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it feels right, and being a Mormon ts being the best person I can be. I receive confirmation that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true, by continually seeking its truth, living obediently, and by repenting of my sins. I know that God lives, loves us, and watches over us as a loving father to a precious child. The Holy Ghost manifests this to me. Any individual can enhance their journey on a path of discovery, repentance, and increase their faith with a relatively simple tool: the Book of Mormon. The book has blessed me so greatly that it is difficult to describe. I guess it's the fact that I am doing my best to draw nearer to my Heavenly Father, and He in turn blesses my life each day. Especially as the world ridicules all that is sacred, holy, moral and principled, God affirms choices to seek out and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the power and confirmation of the Holy Ghost. I sincerely hope that you'll try it, too!

How I live my faith

This year I have been a teacher in two different Sunday School classes. One was an Old Testament class for Young Single Adults, ages 18-30, and after moving to a new ward recently, I've begun teaching 13-14 year olds on "Preparing for Exaltation." This class covers such topics as Faith in Jesus Christ, the Power of Personal Prayer, Mortality: a Time to Learn Through Experience, The Gift of the Holy Ghost, Remembering the Sabbath Day to Keep it Holy, and many, many others. It is exciting for me to teach the youth of the rising generation.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Some believe that because we have one unelected leader, there is a risk that we are a cult following one tyrranical leader. However, there are also two counselors as part of the First Presidency, and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles that serve as additional witnesses to the Prophet. The heirarchy of the church includes so many leaders, all unpaid positions, that the needs of church members may be addressed at the local level. Another characteristic of a cult is its ritualistic practices. The distinction between our practices and those of pagans must be made clear, based on the authority of all prophets since Adam. These are men who are followers of Jesus Christ, and leaders of true religion. The restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints includes temple ceremonies which are sacred in nature, and which were designed by our Heavenly Father to enable all of his children to return to His presence, according to their own agency. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Just as a physical temple is the House of the Lord, our physical bodies must be pure in order to worthily be a vessel to contain His Holy Spirit. This member of the Godhead provides comfort and communication from our Father in Heaven. I know that when I am living a clean lifestyle I have a greater capacity for knowledge and joy. Show more Show less