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Hi I'm Katie

I'm a mom, I'm a crafter, I'm an ethnomusicologist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Colorado and developed a deep love for the outdoors. I love to sing jazz, and I'm grateful to have a husband who can be musically creative with me. I have a Master's Degree in Ethnomusicology. I enjoy listening to music from around the world and I love to keep abreast of international current events. I have three children (5, 3 and a newborn) and find the deepest satisfaction in raising them and spending time with them and my husband. I suffer from mild anxiety and asthma, but I am more concerned with my addictions to craft projects and The Mary Tyler Moore show.

Why I am a Mormon

 I remember growing up in this church--religion was natural and almost second nature. I have strong memories of my religion from my childhood that have greatly influenced me as a person. I remember as a young child looking at pictures of Christ and singing songs about him, and I remember feeling very strongly that he was real and that he loved me. That same feeling comes to me when I am in the outdoors, when I serve others, when I am spending quality time with my husband and children, when I attend church, when I pray and when I read God's word. I have had people ask if I have ever wanted to try anything else, and I have honestly told them that it isn't even a desire, because I am so happy and I can't imagine anything else offering me more.

How I live my faith

My kids never sleep in. They always wake up before 7am and they usually get up around 5am. Being a parent is hard and I have often thought it might be nice to slip away for a 40 hour work week teaching world music courses at a local community college. But, I have a stronger desire to make sure my children can always feel God's love in their lives and I can do that by serving them all day--reading to them, playing with them, offering them new experiences and teaching them to work. Staying home is one way I choose to live my faith. It really has paid off. There is definitely a strong bond forming between me and my children, but it has paid off in other ways as well. I can't even count the number of times I have had opportunities to serve people in my community because I have chosen the flexibility of homemaking. I have taken people to the hospital, rescued people who had been stranded, helped people find homes, and been available to people who needed to talk. I would have never chosen homemaking over my career without my faith and I find my greatest fulfillment in this choice.

Are Mormons Christians?

I can't tell you how many times I've answered this question in my life...it's a lot! I always tell people that the full name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the only reason we even have that last bit at the end is to remind us that the Lord restored his church in the final days before his return to earth. I think a lot of the confusion comes because people don't know that Jesus Christ is the center of our religion. We absolutely believe in him, and we try to follow him with all our hearts. To me, that is the definition of Christianity--Christ's followers. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I am a scholar, philosopher and somewhat of a feminist in certain things, but my definition of feminism and my definition of equality differ from that of many others. Women are unique and can do things that men cannot do. That inherently makes us unequal in our abilities, but in no way does it make us less valuable or important. I am pleased to be different and to be valued for my unique abilities as a woman. And Mormons definitely believe in equal pay...we all get nothing. If I was to describe a Mormon woman, I would say that she is confident, she is caring, she is powerful without being selfish, she is inspired. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

I used to play in a Balinese Gamelan ensemble here in Washington, DC on weeknights and had some of my friends ask me this question. First, I pointed out that anyone can go into the temple during the open house to see what it is like. After it is dedicated, it becomes holy ground and you have to make yourself clean or holy to go in. I told them that EVERYONE can go to the temple, as long as they are wiling to go through that process of becoming clean. I reminded them that you can't just waltz in to the White House either (much to the chagrin of many tourists here). You have to go through a background check that takes 6 weeks and that is just to get into the East Wing, the West Wing requires a job and security clearance. Our protectiveness of the temple is not a sign of secrecy, it is more a manifestation of how special and important the the building and its rituals are. And I hope people don't get intimidated by the word "ritual", everyone who has gone through a school graduation has experienced a ritual. It just means that we are participating in life-changing experiences that turn our hearts to God, our families and our fellow men. The real difference is that we believe that process of making devotional promises to God in a sacred place is necessary for our salvation. That is why we encourage everyone to join with us and make their way to the temple. Show more Show less