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Hi I'm Katherine

I love music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I love music. Singing and playing the piano are a big part of my life. I was an elementary school music teacher for 6 years and a 4th grade teacher for 2 years. I've always loved being around children. I also love sci-fi! My dad got me hooked to it at a young age with shows like Doctor Who and Star Wars. Camping and being out in nature is another love of mine. I feel closer to God when I am in nature. I came to love it when I started going to the church's girls' camp at age 12. My testimony of our Heavenly Father and of His love for us grew in leaps and bounds when I shared nature with my spiritual "sisters." 

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I heard the story of how my mom became a member when she was in college. She said that she read the Book of Mormon and she felt that it was true. I remember her saying, "How can anyone read it and not know it is true?" So I decided to find out for myself. I read the Book of Mormon and tried to understand and apply the teachings of the scriptures in my life. I saw that my life was simplier because I had guidance that my friends didn't have. I attended Seminary in high school where I learned in depth lessons from the all the scriptures and I couldn't get enough. I love learning about the scriptures and the Book of Mormon helps to make the gospel of Jesus Christ so much clearer than the Bible alone. They work together to help us understand the fulness of the Gospel. Many of the answers that people seek are found in the Book of Mormon. My mom did and so did I.

How I live my faith

 When I was a freshmen in high school, I saw a friend who played the piano for church. I had taken piano lessons from my dad when I was younger but quit because I was stubborn. When I saw my friend play, I realized that I was "hiding" my talent. I had buried it in the ground like the man in the parable Jesus told and if I continued to hide it, it would be taken away. I decided then and there to start playing the piano again. Seventeen years later, I have used my talent to earn a living as an elementary school music teacher and a private piano teacher. I am serving in the Lord's work each time I play. I play songs for the childrens religious classes and for the main church gatherings. In Doctrine and Covenants 2512 it says For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads. I feel the Lord near whenever I sing or play hymns. I have found answers to prayers in the hymns and I know I have helped answer others' prayers when I play the songs for them.  

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Katherine
There is a teaching in our church that my husband and I have testimonies of. The teaching says this By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. For the first three years of our marriage, I worked and my husband went to school. Because of a health problem I developed, we were faced with a decision Should I stop working even though my husband didn't have a job at the time? Would he be able to find a job and would he be able to support us with the money he earned? At the time, it didn't seem likely. My husband had been trying to get into dental school for the past two years and he hadn't succeded yet. I might get better over the summer in time to be able to start teaching again in the fall but we weren't sure. We prayed about it and felt that I needed to not renew my teaching contract. Ever since then, we have had blessings. My husband found a great job that has been getting better and better since he started. Better hours, better pay, and better working conditions. We are both much more relaxed. I take care of things at home, he works out of the home, it is a great balance. Because of the office he works at, we found out that becoming a dental hygienist was a great option for us and they also told us of a group that helps with the cost of hygiene school! My husband works long hours right now and his co-workers ask him how he does it without being burnt out. He tells them it is because we are following the Lord's council about the roles of the husband and wife. I love not having to do both the way we used to before we followed the church's teachings. We both worked and both had to take care of the house and family. Living that way was burning us out. Now I can take care of only the things at home and it is a great burden off my shoulders. I love being able the teach our daughter and watching her grow every day. We learn and grow together as we teach our daughter to follow Christ's example. Even though I am better now, we have gained a testimony that following this teaching has made our lives better and we will continue to follow it. Whenever you follow the gospel teachings, blessings follow.  Show more Show less