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Hi I'm Katie

I have a PhD in philosophy. I teach at a Canadian university. I'm expecting my first child. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on Vancouver Island, in Canada, a place rich with diversity, culture, and natural beauty. My parents come from very different backgrounds- my father's family were farmers with a proud LDS heritage, while my mother is a convert from a family of non-LDS, progressive Europeans. The combination, I can attest, is excellent! I had early exposure to a variety of beliefs and perspectives, while at the same time a foundation of love and example from faithful LDS ancestors. I was encouraged to think, challenge, and ask questions, but also to pray, serve, and stay teachable. In university, my impulse to question, analyze, understand, and intellectually innovate made me feel at home in the philosophy department, as did the familiar diversity of perspectives and ideas that I met there. The odd class turned into a major, which eventually lead to graduate work. Meanwhile, my testimony of the gospel grew as I had opportunity to serve in the church, study and teach the scriptures, and prepare to go to the temple. While some have found the study of philosophy to conflict with religious belief, I found two complimentary modes of engaging and questioning the world. But while philosophy always offers new ways to question and wonder, through the gospel and the spirit I have found a few answers. I take joy in understanding my divine nature, and in guiding my life with the knowledge that all the people around me can claim a similar distinction and potential.

Why I am a Mormon

My personal study of the gospel, especially through the Book of Mormon, have lead me to knowledge and peace that I have found no where else. I have felt deep spiritual confirmation of my decisions to live the gospel, to follow teachings of the prophets, and to serve the Lord in the context of His organized church. More than anything, I find that commitment to the gospel makes me a better person. I see the power and peace that comes from committing to real discipleship to Jesus Christ. In His earthly ministery He modelled for us how we are meant to engage one another. We are creatures built to empathize, empower, and love. In His role in the plan of salvation, He provided a guarantee that as long as we will it, we can move past mistakes and continue to grow and progress. This gospel is one of hope and love. It fills me, guides my choices and perspective, and helps me become more than I am everyday I choose it.

How I live my faith

Living my faith starts in my home, with the commitments my husband and I have made to each other, and our desires for an eternal family. We were married in the temple a year ago, and are expecting our first child in the new year. We strive to study and pray together daily, as well as prepare to nurture and raise our children in our faith. Outside of the home, I live my faith through regular attendence and participation in our LDS congregation. I have served in many ways in church, including teaching adults and youth, leading in the Young Women's program, and acting in multiple music callings. Currently I serve as a pianist. I also strive to live my faith in the community. My husband and I seek opportunities to give service to friends and neighbours. We are currently planning a food drive for the local foodbank for Christmas. Finally, I live my faith through the teaching philosophy I apply in my university teaching. I value the student/teacher relationship, and firmly believe that good teaching is about allowing others to sincerely question and engage, while offering support and empathy. While the particular content of the topics I teach varies and is (of course) philosophical in nature, I strive in my manner of engagement to open hearts and minds to thinking that will move them forward in their own progression, where ever they currently stand. In the end, living my faith is not something limited to certain aspects of my life. It guides my choices and goals in every aspect, and helps me value the world and people around me in a way I would otherwise be blind to.