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Hi I'm Katherine

I grew up in a suburb of Baltimore, MD, with 6 siblings. I love jumping rope, working with children, & being a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as the middle child in a family of nine. Having five sisters provided me with constant friends, and countless hours of dress-up, rollerskating, bike riding, building forts, exploring the woods, eating meals together, and sharing conversations. My mother studied physical education in college, but became a stay-at-home mother after her first child was born. My dad studied electrical engineering and then computer science, and worked as a computer programmer, debugger for 13 years. He passed away when I was 13, after a 5 year battle with lung cancer. I am not sure how my mother managed with 7 children, ages 7-18, but she gave us everything she could, and always made us feel loved, supported, and special for who we were. The biggest activity that shaped my childhood, outside of my family and church, was my involvement with a local jump rope team. Over two decades, I was able to learn skills, perform, compete, and also become a teacher myself, for classes, workshops, and team practices. I was able to do quite a bit of travelling with the team as well. It kept me busy, in good physical shape, and out of trouble. I attended a local community college after graduating high school, and then spent 2 years at BYU-Idaho. I loved the experience! There was a special spirit there, and I enjoyed my interactions and associations with the students and staff. After graduating I moved back home. A year later I got married, and now I am a mother to a beautiful baby girl, who I adore.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Mormon church. My parents consistently got us up, dressed, and out the door every Sunday, since we were small children. My parents often reminded us of our worth, and the importance of having standards, morals and character. They tried their best to encourage us to choose the right, and to lead by example. They demonstrated unconditional love and a willingness to serve. And reminded us to always be grateful for all that we were blessed with. They set a Christ-like example of working hard, and giving our best effort to whatever task we undertook. Even so, in the years following my dad's passing, one by one, each of my siblings decided to stop attending church. It was always sad to me, and my mom, to head out each week, with another empty seat in the car. But we understood that this was a natural consequence of having free agency, and being able to make our own decisions, and develop our own moral compass in life. We all face the decision as to what we believe, what standards we follow, what we classify as right and wrong, and how it is that we become good people, and live the good life. That is a blessing of this life. Personally, I always knew that I felt best, the most content and optimistic, when I was active in church, and following the counsels of church leaders, teachers, and my mother. I had felt the spirit witness of the truth of the gospel and of the Savior, during church meetings, and lessons, and through hearing the testimony and experiences of others. But I sometimes wondered if it was enough, and if I was certain, beyond any doubt. While attending BYU-Idaho I had the opportunity and motivation to truly study the Book of Mormon, Teachings of the Living Prophets, and the New Testament, and through this study, as well as my Patriarchal blessing, I came to feel sure that what I was learning and reading was true, good, and necessary, in living our lives to the fullest.

How I live my faith

I am still a work in progress, and am working each day to better live my faith. Some days I do better than others. Since marrying my husband, and having a baby, our family is working on developing habits and traditions in our home that will be an example to our daughter, and show her where our priorities lie. We try to communicate with love, offer service to others, be good visiting and home teachers (to those we are asked to be stewards over), say our prayers daily, and be continually humble and grateful for all that we have. We see the blessings in our lives daily, and we pay our tithing (10% of income) in gratitude for all that we receive, and will receive in the future, as well as to bless others. We trust in the Lord and his promises, and seek to do his will, and overcome the natural man. We know that we are not perfect, and we try not to judge others too quickly or harshly. We know that agency and accountability go hand in hand. We all have choices to make each day, and we try to make the best ones we can. Right now, I need to spend more time in the scriptures, and in reading other good books, as well as reading with my husband. It's something that I have always struggled with doing consistently, but something I know is very important. My husband and I have recently started reading articles from the Ensign magazine together, one at a time. It's is tough juggling priorities, but I notice the difference in my life, and in my marriage, when I am doing more or less to come towards the Lord, and feel of his spirit. So, as a family, we are striving to always have love at home, and make it a place where the spirit of the Lord can dwell, and everyone feels welcome.