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Hi I'm Katy

I'm a wife, a senior director, and an aspiring author. I'm slightly obsessed with chocolate and Harry Potter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

During the day, I work as a senior director at a private university. At night, I read every young adult book I can get my hands on, write in the same genre, and try to convince my husband that doing so allows him to watch baseball totally uninterrupted. I love travel and have lived for a short time in Israel and Brazil, in addition to Canada, where I grew up, and now the United States. I have a weird knack for accents and love (LOVE!) using them at random times. My family never knows what accent I'll use when I answer the phone, and my nieces and nephews get bedtime stories complete with a cast of fully-accented characters. It's funny to hear them ask for "Plain Aunt Katy!" I love traveling, listening to Indie music, reading, writing, and teasing my (amazing, patient) husband of 11 years as much as possible.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love the things that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches - that we show our love for God and Jesus Christ by being better neighbors, friends, siblings, children, spouses, and citizens. I'm a Mormon because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that when Joseph Smith followed the advice given in James 1:5 - "If any of ye lack wisdom, let him ask of God...and it shall be given him" - the Lord answered. I'm a Mormon because I have read the Bible and Book of Mormon, have prayed, and have felt the Holy Ghost testify to me that this is Christ's church.

How I live my faith

My lot in life isn't what I would have expected. After I graduated from BYU with a husband I adore, I thought I would work for a few years while he got his MBA, we'd have children and I'd quit working. Fast forward 11 years. No children, still working. And yet, I love my life. I've been very successful in my career. In rare moments, I think "Woe is me! What I wouldn't give to not have to iron my work pants and to instead stay at home with children I love, pick up after them with only mild (to medium) nagging, clip coupons, and think of ways to stay cool in the summer without affecting my budget!" As it is, I iron my work pants. In addition to my career, I'm also the ward Relief Society President - the leader of the women's group. Although I can't always relate to women's experiences raising their children, I can relate to their inherent need to belong to something bigger than themselves. They have that with their own families, but we all have that by being part of the Relief Society, an organization established by God specifically to care for the temporal and spiritual needs of other women. It is such a blessing to me to be a part of this organization, because it helps me understand that no matter how similar or different our lives look at first glance, we are all individuals. We are all unique children of God. Through my experiences, I have found that there is no "right way" to be a "good Mormon." You don't have to have a brood of children. You don't have to drive a minivan or make jello and casseroles (if I'm "making" someone dinner, their options are take-out or...take-out). You can work, you can be a wife-but-not-a-mom. You can listen to really, really cool music and wear skinny jeans (even if you still secretly don't think they look as good as bootcut). Being a "good Mormon" is about loving God and showing that love through setting a good example and caring for others.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

We frequently refer to God as our Heavenly Father, because we believe that we are His children. We believe Genesis 1:27 when it says that "God created man in his own image." As we - His children - have bodies, we believe God has a tangible, perfected, immortal body. I majored in philosophy in university, and I was intrigued to learn about the different conceptions that other people and religions have of God. I feel comforted when I think of God because I feel that He IS my Father. I look forward to the day when I can be reunited with my loving Father in Heaven and be able to feel His arms wrap around me and have Him tell me that He loves me. Show more Show less