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Hi I'm Katrina

I am unquenchably curious. I love grand adventures. I served as a missionary in Fresno, CA. I am and will ever be a Mormon.

About Me

"Curious" describes me pretty well. I love learning about EVERYTHING! If I meet someone who is passionate about what they love, I always want to learn about it. There are so many interesting things in this world, and so many interesting points of view. I come from a large, talkative, CRAZY, philosophical family, and I've always had the nurturing of wonderful parents and siblings who encouraged me to learn, to discover, to explore, to love life. And while I grew up on a small veggie farm in rural northeast Missouri, the grand expanse of nature has always been at my fingertips. With God as the author and creator of this amazing world I have never failed to be in awe of the countless wonders and beauties and truths that can be learned from just looking around. As I have grown I have found a deep and abiding love for the arts. Fine art, graphic art, literature, music, photography, cinematography, interior design, art history, you name it. I love exploring the different ways mankind has sought to express the thoughts and feelings of our unique perspectives and experiences. Everyone has a voice and a special way of seeing things! I love history, I love modern technology. I love being ecclectic. I will never fit into a stereotype. There are too many things to learn and to love. I love people. I love my family. I love learning. I love the outdoors. I love life. I love my Savior.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. From my earliest years I can remember my parents teaching us about the scripture prophets and the Plan of Salvation. I don't know that I ever had a "beginning" to my testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel, because it was always a part of who I was. But when I was in my early teens I felt strongly that I should not take my background for granted. I knew that I had to know for myself if my testimony was my own, or my parents'. I prayed. For some reason I expected the response to be something miraculous or heart stopping. I wanted something that I could call an "experience of my own". Finally after asking over and over for some witness of my own, after feeling confused by the silence, it hit me. I was in process of praying to my Father in Heaven, and I already trusted Him to answer me. I already knew He was there. I already knew that He loved me. I will never forget that realization. Over my life I have come to understand that God loves me enough to love me even when I don't see it. I am converted over and over and over every time my heart is opened to see His love. Having faith in God, and having faith in His plan is not always easy. It is not always comfortable. It is humbling. It is a lot of work. It is a continuous process. It is a journey. It is an adventure. It is worth it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith day by day. Hour by hour. Minute by minute. It's what I do. It defines who I am. It is a choice I make constantly. Rather than being a one-time thing, I know that faith, like a spiritual muscle, has to be exercised contstantly and continually to be strong. Whether I'm going through something difficult in my life and I know I cannot rely on my own strength to get me through, or whether I'm living a simple, happy, normal day, my faith is everything to me. I know that everything dear and sweet and vital in my life is a gift and a blessing from my loving Heavenly Father. He knows me, my needs, my hopes, my dreams. I am grateful to him for it all! From my family to the beautiful world that surrounds me, I see that "everything denotes there is a God." And I know that everything He asks of me is nothing more than an opportunity for him to give me more blessings, and teach me greater happiness. The greatest gift of God is the one that I have to exercise faith in the most. The faith that I have in my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, shapes my life. I rely upon his Sacrifice for me, his Atonement, to repent of my sins and change to be a better person, daily. I rely upon his understanding of me and my pains and my weaknesses to know where I can turn for comfort and direction. I rely upon his example of love and righteousness to guide me in my life, in my choices and my thoughts. I reply on his ever listening ears and his ever helping arms to press forward against all odds and have faith. Yes, my faith leads me to live a certain lifestyle and make certain choices, but that's what faith is. It's action. It's a choice. It's hope. It's wonderful. It's real.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

The priesthood of God is a sacred and heavy responsibility. I do not believe such an awesome and daunty authority and power would ever be bestowed, or withheld, lightly or flippantly. Thus I know that God must have a very good reason (or many) for why men are allowed to weild it, and not women. I also know that if we trust God, even if we don't see all his reasons, we will trust that he knows what he's doing. Then, in time, and with faith, we will slowly begin to see a little of his eternal perspective. Talk it out with God, pray about it. He's the one who really knows. From doing just that I've learned some ways why the Lord wants only men to hold the priesthood. Like many others have said, men and women have different responsibilities. Not because they are unequal, but because they are wonderfully different. Gender is an eternal thing. It is not something we "decide". It seems that in order for men and women to be able to fulfill their unique responsibilities, one seems to need to hold the priesthood while the other does not. However, the blessings of the priesthood are necessary for everyone. Women benefit just as much as men from priesthood power. Men not only are able to perform saving ordinances, by they also are taught selflessness, compassion, and dependability. They must be worthy at all times to be called upon to serve. Women in return learn trust and faithfullness as they humbly call upon the priesthood holders in their life. They compliment and serve eachother. Show more Show less