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Hi I'm Katie Lynn

I'm a Foster-Mom, an avid reader, and a learning, growing Mormon.

About Me

I learn more about my strengths and limitations every day, but try to focus forward and onward and upward. I love people; I think individuals are beautiful inside and out. I missed the 'don't talk to strangers lesson'; one of my favorite things to do is randomly strike up conversation with someone I wouldn't otherwise expect to interact with. I try to stay open by meeting and getting to know every kind of person I can. I love the variety our Father in Heaven blessed us with in this earth. Most recently I've been blessed to experience the joy and challenge of being a foster-mom to the world's most beautiful black baby girl (no bias). It's been amazing to meet her family and all those involved in working for the best possible options for this precious daughter of God. I try to stay active by swimming, biking, hiking, walking, and camping to appreciate the beautiful world we live in. I love working, almost to a fault, and constantly strive for a work-life to family-life balance. My forte is fixing things; give me a mess and I'll clean it up, organize it, categorize it, and wrap it up neatly delivered. People are often surprised when they learn "sweet" little me loves all kinds of live music, riding her motorcycle, traveling alone, sharing meals with the homeless, and advice from strangers. Change is great and constant flux is even better! I want to try and do and see and share.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the Savior. I believe in Him and I hope his message is true; I live my life on faith. I am a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints because I choose to have faith that His message and His gospel are true for ME and will bring lasting happiness. I appreciate the wholesome lifestyle that His church encourages and the loving guidance He continues to provide His children. I have a church family and am never alone if I am willing to accept the love they offer me. I think this is precisely how he would wish me to feel as a daughter of God. I love the family message of His church and am so thankful to know that I can be with my family forever. I am so grateful for a church that reminds me regularly that God loves me and knows me and cares what happens to me, even in my imperfection.

How I live my faith

I try every day to be the best person I can be and I work at forgiving myself for my failings and shortcomings. I think I've been blessed with a charitable, forgiving nature and I love people, all people! Give me a stranger to get to know and I'm in heaven on earth. Every year I host a charity event for a different worthy cause. We get together to enjoy good music, good food, and great company and collect donations. I try to be a good steward of the earth and care for God's creations responsibly. I try to stay mindful of the impact I have on others and that each of them is a child of God too. We have to take care of ourselves and each other.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Katie Lynn
I learn the importance of this more and more as I progress in my life. My body is the vehicle for my spirit. If I want to be a productive steward to the Lord, I need to be in the best health I can be. This includes keeping my mind clear and open to Him, and my body healthy, strong, and ready to serve as I can. In respect for this body He created for me, I try to make healthy, wise choices to care for it and utilize it properly. I definitely have to work at this one, though. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Katie Lynn
We are busy. :) We take care of each other. My husband used to travel for work and it was a huge comfort to me that I knew there were others I could call on for help if I needed it. We learn responsibility early and take it seriously. It is pretty rare that you don't have some sort of responsibility in the church (without monetary compensation) such as teaching a class, visiting others, working with the youth, somehow being involved in the church community. I know that I tend to be harder on myself than on others, and I don't think that is uncommon; it may be a Mormon lifestyle thing. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Katie Lynn
Thank heavens, no! What a small world that would be! One of my goals is to reach outside of my little community of Mormon friends as often as I can. That may be as simple as helping a friend or co-worker move to hosting a charity benefit for a non-profit I believe in that is not associated with the Mormon Church. There is so much richness in variety and all are God's children. I'm very happy to know that some of my contributions to the Mormon Church are responsibly distributed to a variety of countries and identified humanitarian needs. Show more Show less