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Hi I'm Katie

I'm a wife, a mother, a teacher, a bookworm, a nap-taker, a cupcake-baker, a beach-lover, and a triathlete. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to my best friend for over a decade and we have two daughters, one biological, one adopted. Bringing children to our family has been a great challenge (and raising them continues to be a great challenge!) but one that has brought me great joy and growth. I spend a lot of time doing mom stuff--going to the zoo, listening to library story time, helping with homework, pushing swings at the park, reading Harry Potter at bedtime. I love to travel and especially enjoy being surrounded by the beauty of the earth--hiking the national parks, snorkeling tropical reefs, searching for seashells along the coast. However, I also love Disneyland, so I enjoy a healthy dose of the artificial as well as the natural! I like to cook and especially love baking--cupcakes are my current specialty, particularly chocolate with chocolate buttercream frosting. In the last couple of years I have become a triathlete, something I had previously never dreamed of being. I love swimming and biking, I tolerate running. Competitions terrify me, but I find that doing something scary and hard helps me grow and be a better person.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that Christ's true gospel has been restored on the earth, and living that gospel, obeying God's commandments, brings me peace and joy. My mother is a Mormon and my father is not, and growing up I always had the choice whether or not to participate in church. Sometimes I chose to be actively involved and other times I didn't. When I was seventeen years old, I began to truly commit to living God's teachings and obeying His commandments, and it completely changed my life. I was happier, I was more confident, I had an easier time making hard decisions. I started to have a greater understanding of the truths I had always believed in as I started to really put them into action in my life. Now that I am adult, a wife and a mother, I choose to be a Mormon because living the Gospel of Jesus Christ keeps me and my family safe in a world full of uncertainty and danger. I know that I am a beloved daughter of God and that while He will not necessarily spare me trials and hardship in this life, He will help me live through difficult times and become a better person because of them.

How I live my faith

I teach what is called "Early Morning Seminary", which is a daily scripture study class for high schoolers that meets every day at 6am. This is my first year teaching, and accepting the assignment was difficult for me. I have two young children and a busy life, which doesn't make me any different than a whole lot of other people, but teaching the Old Testament five mornings a week and putting in countless hours of preparation was going to demand a lot of me and of my family. I realized, though, that as a member of this church I promise to give all I've got to building God's kingdom on earth. If right now God is asking me to build His kingdom by teaching the Old Testament to a bunch of sleepy teenagers, then by George, I'll do it! I AM doing it, and frankly I am pretty sleepy a lot of the time myself, but I feel very blessed. I am getting to know the kids I teach and am also getting to know the Old Testament, and am loving both.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

This question has been on my mind lately, as I am teaching about such Old Testament prophets as Abraham and Jacob, who both had more than one wife. It is also a question that comes up with friends who watch current TV shows, both fictional and "reality", based on polygamous families. The bottom line for me is that what God commands is right. We have a living prophet on the earth today and he will not lead us astray. God knows the end from the beginning. We do not. He will bless us greatly as we go forward in faith, not having all the answers. And incidentally, don't be fooled--anyone, whether fictional or real, who practices plural marriage today is not a Mormon in good standing. Show more Show less