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Hi I'm Kate

I'm a mother. I'm a friend. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've fought forest fires and worked as a civil engineer. But, now I work at the hardest and most rewarding job of my life thus far - that of a mother of three energetic busy little children. There is never a boring day in our home! Because of my Japanese-American husband, I've developed a passion and love for Japanese culture. Together, we hope to instill within our kids a love and appreciation of their heritage. I love to read, crochet, and take long walks in my neighborhood.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family, and I was baptized at the age of 8 (the age of accountability). But, despite "growing up in the Church", I feel like I am constantly becoming converted over and over again to Jesus Christ and His gospel. My testimony is always growing and expanding as I apply gospel insight and direction to the challenges and experiences that I've faced and will continue to face in my life. Nearly two years ago, I was given some sobering news about my health. The doctors did not have any answers for me except that I had a mass growing in my chest and that it could be benign or it could be quite serious. I had a few short weeks to reflect over my life before the scheduled surgery that would remove the mass in my chest. Sometimes during the quiet hours in the night when sleep was elusive to me, I would think about my children and all the things I wanted to do with them, how I wanted to watch them grow up and see all the wonderful things they will do with their lives. While I had received priesthood blessings of comfort and reassurance, and while I was generally optimistic that all would be well, the most profound feeling of peace came during one of these sleepless nights. A scripture came to my mind, and as I thought on that scripture, I felt a warmth spread throughout my body, a sensation of peace with a keen knowledge that I was known to my Heavenly Father, that He was aware of my concerns, that He loved me. This personal experience is one of many where I have relied on my testimony to face the challenge in front of me and have come through the challenge with a greater understanding of the gospel and a stronger testimony. I think that more than ever, when facing such a serious health situation, I knew that God lives and that his Son, Jesus Christ died for me so that I can live again. I knew it then in those quiet midnight hours, and I know it now.

How I live my faith

I teach the children in my ward. Each Sunday we meet together for sharing time and singing time. We learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ together. We read the scriptures together. We share our testimonies and personal experiences together. I think I learn as much from the children (or more!) than they ever learn from me. Christ said for the little children to come unto him, and working with the little children each Sunday, I feel my Savior's love for them and for me. I also have the opportunity to visit teach a variety of sisters in my ward. My companion and I visit sisters from all walks of life - one sister is a mother of young children, another sister that we visit is retired, and we also visit a widow in her later years of life. Each visit is different. Sometimes we laugh, and sometimes we cry, but we always come away stronger in our unity as sisters.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women rock! Mormon women come from all walks of life and all have unique experiences. But, each is a daughter of God, gifted with divine traits and talents to bless those around them. As a Mormon woman, I stand at my husband's side as an equal. I don't stand behind him, nor do I stand in front of him. We have different roles, but both are important and necessary in the raising of our family and in living the gospel. I have never felt subservient in my role as a woman in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Indeed, I feel empowered as a Mormon woman. I know who I am, where I came from, and where I am going in this life and even after it. Show more Show less