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Hi I'm Katy

I'm a Texan, a history student, a wife, and daughter of converts. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the second of five children and my parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was around three. I grew up mostly in Texas (as well as Louisiana, Alabama, and Indiana), but chose to attend college at Brigham Young University in Utah. I'm a big history buff and work as a professional genealogist and editor for a Salt Lake City research firm. This career path allows me to research the everyday people that make up our individual family trees and to help people connect to their roots and even learn more about themselves. That's just one of my passions, though; I'm also a student of music, geography, and other world cultures. I'm happily married and devoted to my husband, family, and friends that are basically family. In my spare time, I enjoy good conversation, reading, snowboarding, playing the French horn, cooking, learning/speaking Spanish, horseback riding, and travel.

Why I am a Mormon

Absolutely first and foremost is my belief in God and His son, Jesus Christ--that He lived, died, and rose again so we could be forgiven, healed, and given something better. I grew up in an area where the Mormon presence was small, so I've had a lot of exposure to other belief systems. While I respect them, I have come to the certainty (through both study and faith) that the LDS Church has the most complete answers to life's questions and is the surest way of returning to God. I am able to be with my husband and family forever, not just "till death". I also appreciate being part of an organization that emphasizes many values and standards that bring happiness and security, but are missing in a lot of the world today. I love being part of a church that expects my LIFE, not just my words. The LDS Church also uniquely fulfills both my spiritual and intellectual needs: we believe that reason and faith are not mutually exclusive. In a way that is very personal to me, I am grateful for the knowledge that while sin is serious, so is the availability of repentance and forgiveness. I know that it is possible to move on, to be forgiven, and to have hope in the future. My belief in Jesus Christ has helped me through the hardest parts of my life. Because of this Church, I have a purpose in life. I know where I came from and where I will go. I know that I am loved by the God who created me, and this knowledge affects every aspect of my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by making it a part of my everyday life. Prayer, scripture study, and service aren't just Sunday activities in our church--they make up our identities every day of the week. I do this to maintain my relationship with my Father in Heaven--to be open always to finding out what He would have me do, and to let His influence shape me into a better person. Service is a big part of our religion. Over the past several years I've been able to volunteer my hours doing things like feeding the homeless at a soup kitchen, cleaning up the yard of an elderly woman, singing Christmas carols at nursing homes, and just visiting other sick members of the congregation. We believe that we're not here to be "islands unto ourselves" and that we should love and give our time and talents to serve others, as Christ did. In church, I'm able to apply my knowledge about family history research as my husband and I help teach others how to work on theirs.