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Hi I'm Katie

I strive to live each day as passionately as I can for we were given this life to be happy. I'm a Mormon and I love it.

About Me

In my few years since graduating college I've had the opportunity to be a high school teacher and an event planner in the non-profit sector. I've enjoyed both experiences and am off on another new occupational adventure and look forward to discovering where I will land. But, I don't feel my occupations really define me. More importantly, I strive to "Live with Passion". That's been my life motto for quite some time. I try to enact it in whatever situation I am in. As far as things I love are concerned I could write a long list that would rival that of Santa's naughty or nice list compiled of all the children around the world. But to keep it brief: I love people, I love their stories, I love to travel and learn of new places and meet the people that live there. I believe everyone has an important story, no matter who they are, and that we become better, stronger people by learning from each other and their stories. That's one of the reasons I love to host parties - you bring people together, they socialize, and hopefully learn, love, and lift each other. I love my family. They make me laugh, they make me cry, they make me who I am and I wouldn't want it any other way. I love to be outdoors and to run. Being surrounded by beauty and becoming a part of it while you run makes me feel strong enough to do anything. I love to write. There is a definite power in the written word. Both for writer and reader. I love the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. Living the gospel principles brings a peace and comfort that is unmatched anywhere else. I was raised in the gospel, but grew up in a home where only my mom and I are active. The rest of my family are good, Christian people, but attend church elsewhere. I had a choice. I went to several churches growing up with friends or family members and I enjoyed all of them. But I prayed and I received my answer. This church truly is Christ's church restored and I love it. I've had several experiences throughout life that could have shaken my faith - the unexpected passing of my best friend, occasional physical pains, and other desired of my heart that haven't been met yet. At times, it was difficult to stay true to my belief in the gospel because it seemed easier to complain or be upset that these things had happened. But, I have learned that none of us is exempt from pain, sorrow, or heartache, but it is in those moments where God is able to showcase His strength if we turn to Him. That He sent His only begotten son to this earth to die for our sins. I have come to understand that Christ CHOSE to suffer for us in the Garden of Gethsemane. He CHOSE to die for us that we may be lifted up in Him. He CHOSE to understand us and our mortality and so through our trials and afflictions we can come to understand Him. Trials and afflictions are healed in the Lord's timing, but help to get through them is there every step of the way if we allow ourselves to receive and utilize Christ's atonement. I have a testimony that Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet of God and leads this according to God's will. That we are each children of a loving and all knowing Heavenly Father and that He hears our prayers and answers them and we must be open to His will and what those answers may be. He is involved in the details of our lives and His tender mercies are all around us.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in a daily pursuit to become a little bit better each day by striving to find someone I can help that day whether it be large or small. For really, there are no small acts of service. I've learned to never underestimate the power of a simple smile for I know on several occasions strangers have unknowingly lifted my spirits and given me hope in a moment of despair. I pray for these experiences and I look for them throughout my day. We are all brothers and sisters in this great world and I believe it is our job to help those around us and be God's hands in helping to lift their burdens. I live my faith by actively participating in church service. I absolutely love Sundays. It is so nice to feel unencumbered by tasks, to-do lists, and errands. By regularly attending my church meetings I am not only lifted by the gospel messages that are shared, but feel as though it sets my week up to be successful for it clears my mind and brings peace to my soul. I live my faith by volunteering in my local community. Through this, I've met many wonderful people who are also striving to better the world we live in. I live my faith by praying morning and night. I ask my Heavenly Father for forgiveness when I have erred and then I thank him for the works of that day and his tender mercies I saw in my life. And then I pray for those things that I seek and in prayer for others and their needs. I know the power of prayer. It is real. I live my faith through action. We seek, we study, we learn, and then we must do. I am not always good at knowing what I should do, but I try the best I can. For it is in our actions that the gospel of Jesus Christ is practiced. I live my faith by what I have come to understand faith to mean to me. Faith is taking one day at a time and enduring it well while hoping in a better future where we receive all the Lord has promised.