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Hi I'm Katie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Mostly, I'm a young wife and mom. I spend my days playing with my daughter, running errands, and--you know--living a typical life. During naps and whenever I can spare a few moments, I sneak away to the computer where I write on my blog, reply to e-mails, and work on my online shop. My blog (http://www.the-red-kitchen.com) is full of my daily life activities, craft and sewing tutorials, and whatever else is on my mind. If you'd like to get a feel for what my life is like on a regular, everyday level, I encourage you to follow me there. I also published my first book "Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners" which was both a huge leap of faith and a labor of love. I believe our Heavenly Father meant us to be creative and to make things with our own two hands. Because of that, I love sharing simple creative ideas with others and I'm excited that my book helps me do exactly that!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I've been a Mormon my whole life. But growing up in the church isn't the reason I'm a Mormon; it's the reason I started out as a Mormon. What you want to know is why I chose to be a Mormon and why I still am today. The answer to that question is simple: this church is true. But what does that mean? Well, for me it means that I have a testimony of the doctrine of the LDS faith. It rings true to me. I've applied it to my daily life and it always comes out right. I've read the Book of Mormon and prayed about its truthfulness. I know it's true. And no matter how many times I read it, I always find a combination of fundamental truths as well as personal direction that applies to whatever phase of life I'm in. I've had countless experiences that have grounded me in my belief of Christ and of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most importantly, I receive direction in my life through the Holy Ghost. All the time. I can't imagine trying to go through this life with all its ups and downs, all its decisions, all its joy and heartache without the direction of my Heavenly Father that I receive through the Holy Ghost. It can be hard to do the right thing, let alone know what the right thing is. But when I pray and ask questions, answers come. Usually those answers come as quiet thoughts in my mind or as a feeling about what I should do. It takes practice to recognize when the Holy Ghost is speaking to you. But as you seek to do what's right and what's best, answers from heaven will always be there to guide you.

How I live my faith

Lately I've been working on being more thoughtful. I'm trying to pay more attention to the people around me. How can I help them? What are their needs? What would brighten that person's day? Perhaps a compliment. Or a kind note. Or a plate of cookies. I think when I focus on the little things, I'm in a better position to love and serve others as Christ would. At church my husband and I have been called to be primary teachers. Each Sunday we teach a class of five and six year old boys and girls. They are funny. We'll be in the middle of the lesson, talking about the scriptures or what they can do to honor their parents and then one of them will raise their hand (or not) and say, "I'm learning karate!" Then another will chime in, "I play soccer!." Meanwhile, the girls are busy cuddling the teddy bear we brought as a visual aid. It can be a little chaotic and I find myself wondering throughout the lesson, "Are these kids getting it? Are they even thinking about what we're teaching?" But then at the end of the lesson we ask them how they're going to honor their parents this week. "I'm going to clean up the living room for my mom." "I'm going to make my bed." "I'm going to play nice with my sister." My heart melts. These kids are busy, but already so in tune to the Spirit. They know their parents love them. They know their Heavenly Father loves them. It is so fun and inspiring to listen to them and watch them grow.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

The blessing I receive through the Holy Ghost most often is the blessing of direction. Often I'll be thinking about a problem or something I want to work out. I of course try and come up with answers or solutions on my own. Sometimes the Holy Ghost confirms to me through thoughts or feelings that those answers or solutions that I think of on my own are right. Other times I'll receiving direction from the Holy Ghost that I should do something else. Listening to the Holy Ghost and following its guidance doesn't mean we don't think for ourselves. I have a testimony of the truth that if we start down a course, seeking to do what's right and best, the Holy Ghost will always let us know whether that course is right or if we need to change direction. Another blessing I cherish that I receive through the Holy Ghost is the blessing of receiving peace and comfort. If I'm scared or stressed, I can pray for help and strength and then receive it. The pain or the problem doesn't always go away. The answer I need doesn't always come right when I want it to. But the strength to get through it will come. And if I have faith that things will work out if I do what the Lord wants me to do and follow His plan, peace will come too. Show more Show less