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Hi I'm Kate

I'm a mother. I'm a writer. I'm an English Literature enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of school-aged children. I don't have limitless time, however I completed - over 10 years I must add - a Bachelor of Communication (yes, I finally graduated last year). I studied specifically in the areas of English Literature, Creative Writing and Public Relations and simply loved it. I love to read classic literature and most recently completed 'Paradise Lost' (stunning) and am in the middle of a book about Shakespeare's life. I think literature is remarkable the way it has the ability to draw out something so beautiful or insightful or stunning and change a person. I'm often taken to another place when I read. I also love to write. There's always been something inside me buzzing; and a need to write it down. My first book was written at age 5. It was quite epic; about a fairy named Flossie. Since then, I've had a story published last year and I'm currently working on a novel set in the French Revolution. What else? Well, I love to crush autumn leaves under my feet, catch rain-drops in my mouth, drink rosehip herbal tea, read stories to my children with all the voices and watch black and white movies. Growing up I played the piano, clarinet and alto saxophone and I have a great love for music. I love holding my husband's hand, eating green Thai chicken curry, going to our church's temple (the spirit there is just beautiful), playing with my children at the park and the 'All-Berry Bang' Boost Juice is hands-down my favourite drink of all time.

Why I am a Mormon

Years ago, in Sydney and Melbourne, my two sets of grandparents had missionaries from the church come and knock on their door (You've probably seen missionaries around, right? The ones with the clean-cut hair and black badges). To cut that part of the story short, they invited them in and felt a warmth and sincerity they hadn't felt before. Before long, after much heartfelt investigation and prayer, both couples chose to be baptised. (My mum and dad were both very young at this stage so were baptised later.) Because of their choices, I was blessed to be born to parents who were married in the temple. (Ask about temples on the chat if you have questions about them. They're amazing.) So, I was born and grew up as a Mormon. I learnt about Jesus Christ and that he atoned for me. I learnt that I was a child of God and that he loves me. I learnt that there was a way prepared that I could return to live with my Heavenly Father (or God). I learnt that I could pray to Him anywhere, anytime and say whatever my heart yearned to say. I learnt that families could be together forever. I learnt that I could feel the spirit when I prayed and read the scriptures. Of course, when I became a youth (12 - 17 years) I was taught other things, too; such as keeping my body free from tobacco, alcohol and drugs and keeping myself sexually pure. Basically, keeping my body and mind sacred like a temple. Being taught these things from a young age has blessed my life immeasurably. There is no need for me to continue to live as a Mormon adult unless I know it's true. And I do. Knowing who I am, that I am a daughter of God who loves me, is powerful. Knowing that I have an older brother, Jesus Christ, who has provided a way that I can live again with those I love gives me a deep sense of gratitude and peace. Having scriptures and a living prophet to guide me is no small blessing. The gospel of Jesus Christ brings me a peace in my heart I can't find anywhere else. I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

When it comes to living my faith, there are definitely times and seasons for how I do that. I feel the most important place that I live my faith is not in a chapel or a public place, but in my own home. Every Monday we have 'Family Night' where were learn lessons, sing songs, play games and have treats. Each morning and night we gather together to read the scriptures and pray. They're simple things, although sometimes not so simple in a busy family, that we do because we love the Saviour. At church, one of my favourite programs is called Visiting Teaching. It's a way that every woman is watched over and cared for. (And don't worry, there is a similar one with the men called Home Teaching.) Basically, every lady over 18 that is able is paired up with another. They are given 3 or 4 ladies to visit/call/contact each month. They have the same ladies (for a while, anyway) and get to know them and find out if they have any needs/concerns/worries that they want to share. They share a spiritual message and help where they can. I really enjoy visiting teaching - even when it gets busy - because I feel the spirit and feel the Saviour's love for the ladies I'm teaching. I was in hospital for a couple of months and my visiting teachers dropped me notes and meals for my family (which my husband was especially grateful for). It was such a blessing to know my family were being looked after and to know I was loved. Whether it be serving with the little ones in the nursery (ages 18 months to 3 years), with the Primary children (ages 3 to 11 years) or with the youth (12 to 17 years) at church, teaching my own children to be kind and loving within our own home or helping in the community, every simple act of service is part of living my faith.