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Hi I'm Katie

I'm a full-time mom of one baby boy. I like to bake, sew, read and write fantasy novels and play the piano. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a full-time mom of a baby boy. I love reading and music. I graduated from Brigham Young University in English. I spent three years working as a full-time library clerk. I 've been working on a series of pre-teen fantasy novels (thus-far unpublished) since I was a teenager.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been in the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints for many generations, and my parents have given me a firm foundation in the gospel of Jesus Christ. When I was fourteen my older brother left to serve a mission for our church for two years. I knew that I would miss him a great deal, as he was my only sibling, but as I prayed one night shortly after he had left, I felt the a peaceful feeling and tears came to my eyes as I felt the Holy Ghost witness to me that the church was true, and that work that my brother was doing was important and part of God's work. Since then, I have tried to live the gospel as best I can, and I have received so many blessings from this. I know, from the teachings of our church, that I can be with my husband, my son, and any other children we may have, forever. I still know, at least as strongly as that night when I was fourteen, that the Church is true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that Jesus Christ is my Savior.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many ways, but one way I'm striving to do more of, is in looking for opportunities to serve. With another woman from our congretation, I visit three women from our congretion, share a gospel message with them, and help them with things they might need. Sometimes I bring them a treat of some sort. Another service opportunity I have is teaching the eight-year-old Sunday School class each week. I have seven children in my class, and I enjoy teaching them about Jesus and about the principles of the gospel. I also participate in service projects our church organizes from time to time. In 2010 had the privilege to participate in our hundred dresses project the women in our congregation organized. We donated and made, collectively, over a hundred dresses to give to a local women's shelter. Last year we made a hundred quilts. This year we're knitting hats.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Katie
We attend church services each Sunday. At church we partake of the Sacrament, hear speakers, sing hymns and participate in lessons. The entire family attends together. Most importantly, our church services are open to everyone. All are invited to come to learn and worship with us on Sunday, whether of our faith or not. The temple is the House of the Lord, and is very sacred. Only those who are members of our church and obey God's commandments may enter the temple, though all are welcome to enjoy the beauty and peace of the temple grounds. Many temples have visitors' centers that are open to the public. The main purpose of the temple is to provide sacred ordinances to God's children. These ordinances, necessary for eternal life, include baptisms for the dead, and the sealing together of families for both the living and the dead. I first participated in baptisms for the dead at age 12, and have continued to participate in sacred temple ordinances since then. My husband and I make it our goal to attend the temple once each month, in order to feel the Spirit of the Lord and to give service by performing sacred ordinances for those who did not have the opportunity during their mortal lives. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Katie
The Relief Society our church's organizations for women. It has been a part of our church since 1842. The purposes of Relief Society are to build faith and righteousness, strengthen families and to care for those in need. I love being a member of the Relief Society. Through the Relief Society I am given many and varied opportunities to serve. Each month I visit several sisters who attend the same congregation with me. I share with them a brief spiritual message and offer service when it is needed. This program is called visiting teaching, and in recent years many of my closest friends have been women I've visit taught. Other service opportunities I've had in the Relief Society have included making clothing and quilts for those in need and assembling hygiene kits for emergency relief. The Relief Society is truly a worldwide sisterhood. A few years ago my husband and I made a cross-country move for my husband's new job. I didn't know anyone in the area that would become my home, but I knew that the Relief Society would be there, and that I would have opportunities to serve, righteous women to look to as examples, and friends to help me when I was the one in need (such as when my first child was born). I was right. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Katie
We believe baptism is a very sacred covenant that we make with our Heavenly Father and that it must be done under proper authority. These beliefs make the way we baptise somewhat different from other churches. First of all, we do not baptise infants. Since baptism is a covenant, or promise, we believe that a person must be old enough to understand that covenant and be accountable for his or her actions. Because of this, no one is baptised until age eight. I grew up in the church and was baptised about a month after my eighth birthday. Many churches will accept the baptism of other Christian churches. Here we differ. We believe that baptisms must be performed by a person holding the necessary Priesthood authority. We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only church that has that authority. So, though a previous baptism into another church may be done with the greatest sincerity and best intentions, we do not see it as binding or valid. For example, I have a friend who grew up Catholic, and as most Catholics, I am sure she was baptised as in infant, yet when she, as a young adult, chose to join our church, she was baptised by a Priesthood holder from our church. When we are baptised we promise to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and to keep is commandments as long as we live. If we keep our covenants, Heavenly father promises to forgive our sins and to let us live with him again. Show more Show less