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Hi I'm Katie Magnusson

I grew up in Mesa, Arizona. I went to an archaeological dig school in 2006 and I love to watch PBS and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Just like everyone else I have a variety of interests and they have changed over time as my life and circumstances change. I'm crazy about comic books, although I rarely read them now. I love the morals and truths that are in Spider-Man. That last movie! Wow! I graduated from college with two BA degrees. I originally went for Anthropology, but kept taking history courses as electives. After a session with my adviser, I decided to get both degrees because I love them both. I love the smell of books. I even volunteered at one of the Mesa libraries in high school. At the moment, I am a stay-at-home mom of one cute little boy after working for 10 years to support myself through school and, later, my fledgling family as my husband finished some school. I love to save money. I'm not as crazy as some of the stories that have aired on the news lately, but I do clip and use coupons and I love getting a good deal. It feels like I'm winning.

Why I am a Mormon

The more I see of this world, the more this church and the gospel mean to me. It is an anchor of deep truth and it...I don't know how else to say this...resonates with your soul so that you know. I see how other people live and the choices they make or they have to make without stable truths and it makes me sad to see it. Once while in college, I had a study session with a girl in one of my honors classes. Her life had been so very different from mine and talking to her...she just seemed lost. She asked me why I was so happy all of the time. I regret that I didn't tell her why I was so different and so happy and so full of hope. I was born into an LDS family so I was raised with the teachings of this Church. That doesn't mean that I just accepted it all without question. As I grew and experienced more outside of my home I wondered, I studied, I prayed, and I observed. And I have come to realize that God's commandments are real and from a loving Heavenly Father who just like parents on earth want to keep their children safe and happy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday. Honesty and integrity are really big to me and have been for a number of years. I can't quite put my finger on when it became so important to me, but as I strive to be honest in all aspects of my life, I find that I am blessed--good things come to me. I just don't see how society can function without this fundamental. There is no relativism when it comes to honesty and integrity. There was one time when it was particularly hard to be honest. I used to work in a bank and every so often someone would come in to turn in a coin collection that a relative passed on to them. This was a great boon to me because I also collect coins and could obtain really neat coins. An older lady came in with a collection that belonged to her husband who had passed away recently. She had a couple of coins that she wasn't sure what they were. They were silver dollars that were almost 100 years old. She just wanted to exchange them, but if she exchanged them at the bank she would only get face value for them. I could've kept my mouth shut and then they would be mine! I thought about it, too. Then I told her that the coins were more valuable and advised she take them to a coin shop. She did and I never heard anything more. It was a hard thing to do, but I knew I would feel guilty about taking advantage of her. As for in the church, right now I teach a class for adults on Sundays that focuses on the basics. It's intended for anyone who may be looking into our church or for anyone who just would like to get back to basics. I teach about once a month and I schedule the lessons with the other teachers for the rest of the month. This week I'm teaching a lesson about tithes and offerings. Living this gospel makes me a better person because I am always trying to improve because I want to be more like Jesus Christ.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Katie Magnusson
The Church is against abortion except in very extreme cases where it is either a medical necessity to save a life or the pregnancy was caused by rape and it would be traumatic to the mother to carry the child. It seems like a hard line, but when you consider the why behind it it makes sense. Each child that is conceived is a spiritual child of our Heavenly Father. Each child has a spirit, a personality, and individual worth. Before this life we all existed as spirit beings. We met together in a great counsel and our Heavenly Father presented a plan in which we would come to earth to obtain a body. It was necessary to get a body so that we could continue to progress and be like Him because he has a body. It is a very serious thing to deny one of our spiritual brothers and sisters the experiences of this life. It's like telling someone they get to go to Disneyland and then denying them entrance just at the gate after they already paid. Because our Heavenly Father loves us, he sends us to be born in families. Families are constructed for the purpose of teaching and helping one another. Children learn from parents and vice versa. Show more Show less