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Hi I'm Katie

I'm a former elementary school secretary currently selling my handmade items online. I'm a mom, a grandma, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Germany and lived in both California and Utah before starting school, then moved to Ohio where most of my school years were spent. Later, while I was attending Brigham Young University, my family moved to Washington State where I still reside today. My husband and I married soon after we returned home from serving missions. We will celebrate our 30th anniversary in January of 2012 . We have 3 grown children, of which 2, our daughters, are now married with 3 children between them. My husband and I adore being grandparents! We enjoy spending time with our children and their children. After being a stay-at-home mom when my kids were young, I worked for quite some time as an elementary school secretary, which I found quite rewarding. I have always enjoyed sewing and other handcrafts, and I've learned to quilt, make jewelry, and scrapbook. I like to try lots of new things. I have a lot of creative energy to put to use, and so I now sell my handmade goods online.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converted to the Gospel when they moved from California to Utah when I was quite young. While living in Ohio, there were very few Mormons in the areas we lived in at the time, so I learned from an early age to step up and help where I could and to be a good example of my religion. Going to Brigham Young University strengthened my testimony of the gospel and helped me to see the larger scope of the Church, as there were so many more members in Utah compared to Ohio. A time came in my junior year of college when I realized that my Heavenly Father wanted me to serve a full time mission. I was soon called to serve in the Korea Pusan Mission. My 18 month mission served to strengthen my testimony greatly as I sought out and taught the Korean people. It was an enormous blessing in my life. I have always felt that I am most blessed as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in knowing that God has a plan for me, that He knows me personally and understands me more than any other one person does. I am blessed by the Gospel in my understanding of the Plan of Salvation. I know, without any doubt whatsoever, that my spirit will live on after my time on earth comes to an end. I know that I will come to know my ancestors in the hereafter, as well as be able to spend eternity with my husband, my children, their children, my parents, and so on. I will see my loved ones again, if only I live righteously and worthily to do so. I know this to be true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each and every day. I pray to my Heavenly Father for His assistance and his blessings upon my life and my family. I strive to learn as much as I can about His gospel, to further my understanding. I currently serve as the secretary in our Stake Relief Society presidency. This has blessed my life in giving me a testimony of the value of women in our society and the goodness that we can share with our world. The Relief Society is a God-given organization which gathers women of the gospel throughout the world in a common goal of providing relief and encouraging faith and understanding. It may surprise some to learn that the Relief Society is the largest organization of women in the entire world, but it is true! In the past, I have served in the Young Women's organization with the teenage girls, as well as in the children's Primary organization. Serving in the Church is a way that we give back, that we share of our talents, that we build up the Church and share the gospel with others.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Katie
Of course not! We strive to do as Christ would do, so we help those in need, Mormon or not. The Church has repeatedly been first responders in getting humanitarian aid and emergency supplies to countries experiencing huge natural disasters and other circumstances which cause hardship to the people. Just since 1985, when the amount of aid began to be tracked, well over $1 billion has gone to over 167 different countries in both cash and material assistance. Personally, I have sewn blankets, stuffed animals, and quilts, purchased and assembled basic hygiene kits, school supply kits, and helped can food for the needy and the downtrodden of the world. I also contribute money equal to or greater than the cost of two meals that I fast through one day each month. These funds are used both locally and worldwide to help feed the needy. To do these things is to take on some of the misery that others experience, to provide a helping hand, to do my part in helping others. When you are baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you are promising to stand by those who are in need, who mourn, who need your help. This is why Mormons help everyone, and not just other Mormons! Show more Show less