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Hi I'm Katie

I love to hike, go on walks, and read. I am attending graduate school to become a school counselor. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I have been married for 13 years and have three kids--an 11 year old, 9 year old, and 7 year old. My family is very important to me. We do not get to do it often, but we love to hike. Some of our hikes have lasted hours. We were even about 15 feet from a moose one time! We love to read and are all avid Harry Potter fans. My friends are important to me, so texting and talking through face book are common past-time activities of mine. I currently attend graduate school so I can become a school counselor for elementary school kids. Before that, I worked in an inpatient substance abuse treatment center with women obtaining reunification with their children. I went to school part-time getting my undergraduate degree in psychology.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager, I was chronically depressed and lonely. I wanted desperately for something, anything, to make me feel better. One day I was praying to God that something would happen to give me some hope in my life. I was 16 at the time. The next day, my best friend gave me a Book of Mormon. It was a shock, because we had never spoken about religion before. We had a competition to see who could read it the fastest. I loved the stories and could hardly put it down. I just had to know what would happen next! I joined the church shortly after I turned 18 years old. The gospel certainly did not cure my depression. However, it gave me hope about the future. When I was baptized, I was given the Holy Ghost, and that helped comfort me when I felt sad. I have had many times that my prayers were heard and answered. I continue to go to church, because I feel it is important for my kids to learn topics at church such as honestly, modesty, compassion, gratitude, and service. They love coming to church, because primary (the children's class) teaches the kids gospel principals through games and songs. I want them to have what I did not have as a child.

How I live my faith

Until I moved a few months ago, I used to teach a class on the Old Testament for kids that were 9, 10, and 11 years old. I tried to make the stories about David and Goliath, Joshua, Daniel, and Joseph come to life. Teaching that class was very beneficial. Because I did not grow up learning the stories from the Bible, this class required me to finally read and learn about them. I also got practice in teaching a small group of kids. This is important, because I will be a school counselor in 2 years, and that experience will be a great help.