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Hi I'm Katie

I grew up in southern California and Idaho. I teach piano lessons and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am mostly just a stay at home mom. I love being a mom! I also teach piano lessons out of my home. I started playing piano when I was 7. I studied music in college and earned my associates in that area but didn't continue in music because I developed carpel tunnel syndrome. I look forward to the day when I can finish my Bachelor's Degree. When I was 21, I served a mission for my church in the North Carolina Charlotte Mission. Charlotte is so beautiful and I met some wonderful people while serving there. I had health problems and was only able to serve for a year. Three days after I was sent home, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. A few months later, I married my sweetheart and best friend of 6 years. We decided to wait to have a baby for.....six weeks. Having a baby right away was a little crazy and the first year of her life I felt a little lost, but she is a light in my life now. I have since had two other little girls and am loving it. I have been very blessed with my illness and at this point in my life, I am able to function fairly normally.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church. My dad is a mormon of many generations, but my mother joined the church when she was 18. It was never in my nature to really question or rebel against my parents, but I think I was 12 or 13 when I first knew that God was aware of me individually. I had a blessing, called a patriarchal blessing, and when I received this blessing, I felt the Spirit of the Lord testifying to me that God knew me and loved me. It was a turning point in my life and I have never questioned the reality of God since. Over the next couple of years, I developed daily habits of prayer and scripture study and grew closer to the Lord. I grew up in a large family, and during my high school years, I would wait until everyone else was asleep so that I could pray vocally and pour my heart out to the Lord. Those prayers remain sweet memories to me, and I still draw strength from those experiences. Oddly enough, the only time I've ever really felt openly rebellious against God was when I was serving my mission. Most of the people I interacted with on my mission were people who lived in hard circumstances. People who were poor financially or lacked education or who were being abused in one way or another. I didn't doubt God was there, but I was angry with Him. I doubted how His plan could be fair. I remember one morning very clearly fuming and agonizing over some of the people I had met, when I felt the Spirit give me an answer. I felt like someone was scolding me and explaining to me that God was all knowing and I was not, and I didn't need to understand how His plan worked in order for it to work. It was such a clear and powerful experience, that I have never doubted His love and concern for each of us again. I know that the Savior, Jesus Christ atoned for our sins. I know that we are here on this earth to have unique experiences and that those experiences bring us closer to the Lord. I know that the Book of Mormon and Bible are the word of God.

How I live my faith

Being a mormon is not just about faith, it is a way of life. We attend church on Sundays for three hours. The first hour is our formal worship and the last two are where we do Sunday school classes. My current responsibility is the president of our children's organization. I help to oversee and make sure the teachers are where they need to be. I help teach children in large group settings. I instruct teachers from time to time. I pray to know what people need to be helping in our organization and submit their names to our leaders so that they can pray and then ask the individuals if they are willing to serve. I also have a meeting once a week with my counselors and secretary so we can discuss the needs of our children and teachers and try to decide how to best reach those needs. I also have the responsibility of being a visiting teacher. This means that at least once a month my partner and I go and visit a couple of women from our church in their homes. We talk about life in general, share a brief spiritual message, and see if there are any needs that need to be addressed. I love visiting teaching! Most of the women I have grown close to in my adult years I have known through this program. I also have women who visit teach me and it is a comfort to know that if I ever needed anything, I could call them and they would be there for me. As far as daily activities go, we pray as a family and read scriptures together. On Monday nights, we have what we call family home evening and my kids love it. We have a moral lesson, game or activity, and refreshments. There are also little ways our faith affects our day to day living. We dress modestly, we don't drink alcohol or coffee, and we try to use clean language. We also try our best to be honest in all of our dealings with others. In addition, my husband and I are completely faithful to each other. He is still my best friend after almost 10 years of marriage.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Katie
I believe that the Lord loves each one of us regardless of gender. I also believe that men and women are different. Women are able to bear children. Men will never have this honor or privilege. It's not because God doesn't love them, but for whatever reason, He chose to give this responsibility to women. Men are just as equally blessed by the opportunity to raise children. For whatever reason, God has chosen men to hold the priesthood. The priesthood can only be used to serve others. Women are just as blessed by priesthood ordinances as men are. I have seen women change their lifestyles to bring children into this world. I have also witnessed men who have changed their lifestyles to be worthy to hold the priesthood. Not having the priesthood does not lessen a woman's opportunity to serve in the church. The responsibility I currently hold in the church is greater than that of my husband's. There have been times in our marriage when his responsibility is greater. Everyone who is a member of the church serves in one capacity or another for a limited amount of time. There are no politics involved. Nobody is paid. You're asked to serve in a position and you either accept or decline. My mother was very involved in church. She was president of three different organizations on multiple occasions and she was also a Sunday School teacher. I knew from a very young age that being an active woman in this church would require a lifetime of sacrifice and service to others. Show more Show less