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Hi I'm Katherine

I’m a 4th generation Pacific Northwesterner, a computer geek, an artist, a historic costumier, a musician, a scholar and a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a database engineer by day and a student by night. I draw geometric designs based on Bronze and Iron Age artifacts. I started drawing them on sticky notes and then joined the squares together like a quilt. I paint ceramic tile murals. I play the piano for myself and for my church congregation and sing. I fulfilled a childhood dream by getting an undergraduate degree in dead languages, which honed my preoccupation with where things come from. I also learned more about grammar than I ever had in an English course.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormons before they met and married. My father's family has been Mormon for more than 170 years and my mother became a Mormon when she was a teenager.But even people that are raised Mormon have to be converted completely to following Jesus Christ and living His teachings. I will consider my conversion completely when I have completely “lost the disposition to do evil”, e.g. do what I want to do, even when it’s not necessarily in harmony with God. However, it is living the teachings of Christ and being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that enables me to strive for that perfection and there are great blessings along the way. Because I am a Mormon, I am much bigger; because of certain answers to prayers, I have had the courage to leap beyond what I thought was my capability and lot and achieve secret dreams, sometimes beyond reason and logic. Because I am a Mormon, I am wiser, happier, more confident, more understanding of sensitive and unspoken matters. I am smarter, more successful; I work really hard and Heavenly Father sends me insights and understanding. I am kinder, more generous, more selfless. Though I do not consider myself completely converted yet, there are things that I am certain of and that enable me to work towards that. I know absolutely that Heavenly Father lives and loves me. I know that Jesus Christ lives again and enables me to live again and in accordance with His teachings, beyond my own ability. His Gospel is true and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the entire Gospel, with nothing left out or changed, which teaches me what to do in order to live with Heavenly Father again. The Book of Mormon is true. Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ when he was only 14 and eventually was the instrument whereby they could reestablish Christ’s church on the Earth.

How I live my faith

As a Mormon, I have the Gift of the Holy Ghost, which is the right to have God’s Spirit with me at all times and the obligation to live in such a way that I can receive its presence. I don’t know how people live without it. It fills me with knowledge and wisdom, love, peace and comfort; it tells me what is true and what is not. It shows me what choices I should make that will be best for me, i.e. that will ultimately make me the happiest I can possibly be, though certainly at times I think, “Really? Seriously? Okay…” I can’t imagine making big choices like where to get schooling or who to marry without divine guidance. On a more mundane level, I get to go to Church every week for three hours, I accept the responsibilities that I am given, like regularly visiting, serving and loving individual women in my local congregation, or teaching toddlers about Jesus or leading the singing. I get to take the sacrament and renew the covenants I’ve made with God. I get to go to His house, the temple, and serve those that are dead and cannot do for themselves. I get to pay my tithing, ten percent of all my increase, and other monies that serve my local congregation and help the poor and needy in my area and abroad. All those offerings are managed carefully and in accordance with God’s will. Every penny serves. I do everything with the knowledge that everything horrible or wonderful that happens to me that is beyond my control comes from God and is for my good and that death is not the end and eventually everything will be made right and I will be as happy as I possibly can. That knowledge is tremendously fortifying. Death is not frightening, it’s merely a different place and eventually I will be with all my loved ones again.