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Hi I'm Katie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After graduating from college I began my teaching career in Home Economics. I later earned a Master's Degree with a Reading endorsement and taught Reading in Jr. High for a total of 20 years. I have four children who are all married and four grandchldren. I love to sew. I sew clothing and things to decorate my home. I also enjoy smocking dresses for little girls. I had to quit teaching because of the effects of a genetic disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. It's a rare, painful disorder and I'm always looking for others who have it just to compare symptoms and remedies. To occupy my time I started taking harp lessons. I've been taking lessons for five years now and am starting to get pretty good. I enjoy helping my children by taking care of their children (my grandchildren) so they can have some relaxation time. I enjoy traveling to foreign countries. My husband and I recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary by spending time in Spain then went on a cruise to Florence, Pisa, Rome, Greece, and Venice. We look forward to doing more traveling. I also enjoy shopping for antiques and I specifically look for old school Readers such as the McGuffey Readers.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother belonged to the LDS church, but my Father was a Methodist and neither was active in any church. However, my mother's side of the family came from Mormon Pioneer stock, but her father quite going to church and so she was never really active. She did, however, take me and my sisters to primary when we were young and made sure we all got baptized. But we were never really active members. When I was a senior in high school I became friends with a girl who was a Mormon. After graduation she went to BYU and I stayed home. She wrote and told me how much fun she was having and how much she was learning. I became desirous to go there with her the following year and so I spent that year becomming active in my ward and learning about the gospel. As I began to read the Book of Mormon for the first time, I really felt the spirit so strong. I felt as if my eyes had been opened to things I was never aware of before. I began to pray and had many prayers answered. My bishop asked me once how strong my testimony was and told him that due to the strong spirit that I felt that I could not deny the truthfulness of the church. I have been a faithful member since that time.

How I live my faith

I have served in many different positions in the church. I have worked with the young children by teaching them in Sunday School. I have also taught the youth (teenagers) and the adults. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed and learned from every position I have held in the church. I never feel burdened when it comes to serving in the church because it feels joyful to help others and it's an honor to me that Heavenly Father trusts me enough to serve in these positions. I especially enjoy the visiting teaching program where we go visit two or three ladies each month and I have two visiting teachers that visit me. I know that I always have a friend close by that I can call on if I need anything, even if I just need to talk to someone. I never feel alone. It is important to me that I read scriptures and pray daily. These things keep me in tune with the spirit and also helps me to carry the burdens of each day. My husband and I also attend the temple as often as we can as we feel the spirit of Lord so strongly there. Living by the spirit helps me to be more patient with others and makes me aware of all the good that is around me. I feel happy and content.