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Hi I'm Katy

I grew up in Texas. I'm always good for a laugh. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've come to learn in my short 26 years that life is beautiful. I can honestly say that I've lived my life to the fullest up this point. As the youngest of five children, I always looked up to my older siblings--I wanted to be like them in every way. Just like my parents and siblings, I have a very competitive nature and therefore thrived on sports team and in school. I was the little athlete that dominated the field and court in basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, soccer, and softball, but somehow I fell behind when I stopped growing once I reached 5'3". I love any and all challenges: completing puzzles, playing board games, competing in spelling bees, learning new languages--you name it. I picked up my first violin when I was in fifth grade and played in various orchestras all the way through college. Nothing really compares to sitting in the middle of a full orchestra playing those special pieces that stir emotions of your soul. I also tickle the ivories of a piano every once in a while; for me, playing the piano is the ultimate stress reliever. When I graduated from high school, I took a senior trip to Spain. When I graduated from college, I treated myself to a tour of Europe. I love traveling for so many reasons: I love meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, learning about history, seeing the wonders of the world, tasting new cuisines, and making memories. Traveling gives me that opportunity to see God's creations and to meet His beautiful children.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I find clarity, joy and comfort through living the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have a testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church on the earth today. I know that this is the only church on the earth today that contains the fulness of the gospel--the same gospel that existed when Jesus Christ was on the earth. I study Jesus Christ's words, pray to my Heavenly Father for answers and direction, and receive the further light and knowledge that I seek. I know my Savior, Jesus Christ, lived. I know that He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane--that He felt the pains of all our sins, disappointments, sicknesses, and weaknesses--and that He also suffered and died on the cross at Calvary. I know that Jesus Christ descended below all things. He had to do this for us first so that He could understand each of us personally, in order to have complete empathy. I know He rose above all things, that He was resurrected after three days, and that He lives! I know that God is our loving Heavenly Father and that I am His daughter. I know that He and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to the prophet Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove, and that through Joseph Smith the Book of Mormon was translated. I know the Book of Mormon is true; it is another witness of Jesus Christ. I know that we have a prophet on the earth today, President Thomas S. Monson. I know that President Monson receives divine revelation from God and that through him, I can receive guidance and direction in my life. His words are God's words and are written and spoken for all the world. I'm a Mormon because I have received a witness of the truthfulness of these things, and I cannot deny it. Through the Holy Ghost, you can come to know these things are true. I have felt the peace that comes through putting my faith in Christ and following His paths.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in everything I do. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not simply a religion; it's a way of life. Living the faith means doing what the Savior would do if He were still on the earth. Every day I look for opportunities to serve those around me, to lift and strengthen my brothers and sisters, and to bring others unto Christ. I live my faith by being a true friend and a good listener. I know that I am not on the earth merely to better myself but to be a companion, guide, and cheerleader for those who are making this journey with me. I have been blessed with many gifts and talents that are not my own and should not be kept to myself. I live my faith by sharing those gifts and talents with others. I have had the privilege of sharing my talents by teaching gospel doctrine in Sunday School and by serving as the pianist in various church meetings. I served as a missionary for the Church in California and had the opportunity to preach the gospel for 18 months in the Spanish language. I was married in December 2013 and have been learning the value of serving my husband and putting his needs above my own. Together we are striving to lift each other and look forward to having a family of our own and centering our home and family values on Christ.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Katy
Family is so important to Mormons because it is the unit that Heavenly Father designed to be our support group, where a mother and father can raise their children in love and by example. Family members learn important lessons from one another, such as how to be patient, love, share, etc. This is the ideal family situation, and although families all look and function very differently, we have a goal to strive towards. Having a cohesive, loving family unit takes a lot of hard work. But that is precisely what Heavenly Father wants from us--to work each day to become better and to learn the valuable lessons that will help us become more like Him. There are ups and downs in family life, but family is the first source that most of us turn to in times of trial and need. Family is so important because we know that if we do our best and keep God's commandments, it is possible for us to return to live with Him in heaven together with our families. The relationships we foster with our family members is not just for this time on earth but also for eternity. We also know the importance of giving all of God's children the chance to come to earth and experience life in mortality. This is why many Mormon families are larger than typical families. We try to learn Heavenly Father's plan for existence and move forward with faith to accomplish His purposes. Show more Show less