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Hi I'm Katherine

I love learning, teaching, organizing, and problem-solving. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small oil town in eastern Utah and still have plenty of the country in my blood--mountains and big skies. I have an undergraduate degree in a mixture of English literature, Latin and Greek. I am a Teach for America alumna with a master's degree in education. I now live in North Carolina, where I continue to work in education, tutoring elementary and middle school students in reading and math. I love course design and I manage an online undergraduate general education course for my alma mater. I garden and frequent my local farmers' market. Corn, gluten, and I do not get along, which makes from-scratch cooking a central part of my life and makes eating out a very rare event. In general, I've seen that folks don't realize how social food is until food allergies or intolerance suddenly put everything in any given gathering off-limits. It changes everything; I hope learning to cope has made me more compassionate. My husband works as a statistician and then we both spend ample amounts of time serving in our respective callings at church. When we aren't wrapped up in work or church responsibilities, we appreciate walks, quiet nights at home, crossword puzzles, and good books.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born into a Mormon family and both my parents put forth admirable efforts to teach their children the gospel. Both of my parents had served missions for the church before getting married and both had college degrees in education. They used the Book of Mormon to teach me to read as a child and were diligent about holding family prayer, family scripture study, and weekly family home evening. While they were far from perfect, my parents laid a firm foundation for my siblings and me; they were diligent in the small devotional practices that make all the difference in the long run. My own personal conversion has been a gradual process. Though I was raised in the church and baptized as a child, I have chosen to continue being a Mormon for myriad reasons. I cannot deny that I am loved by my Heavenly Father and that He answers prayers. I have experienced many small instances of timely promptings and warnings and inspirations, whisperings of the Spirit, moments when heavenly hands have clearly been called to my aid. In the aggregate, they leave me unable to deny that the Holy Ghost is real, and that God is real, and that He loves us tremendously. I have also chosen to continue being a Mormon because I fully ascribe to the Plan of Salvation as the true plan of happiness. I know and love the Book of Mormon. It has been a light for me in many dark and fearful places, and when I am reading it daily I can feel the Spirit come more closely into my life and into my daily work and routines.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the Young Women president in my ward, meaning I direct the workings of our ward's program for teenage girls. I coordinate lessons and occasionally help teach on Sundays. I participate in several administrative councils each month, seeking the input of the young women, my fellow Young Women leaders, and my priesthood leaders. I help plan and carry out weekly Wednesday activities for the girls and chaperone occasional weekend activities and dances. I pray for the young women and their families regularly, send notes of encouragement, teach them leadership skills, and provide opportunities for them to learn and teach the doctrines of the gospel. Most of all, I strive to help the young women feel the love of their Heavenly Father and to make choices that will bring them the greatest happiness.