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Hi I'm Katelyn

I'm a Mormon. I'm a diabetic. I'm a wife. I'm a daughter. I'm a aunt. I'm an adventure seeker. I am a traveler. I am a teacher.

About Me

I grew up on a small farm in Idaho. I am the baby of my family and lets just say I was a little spoiled. I am especially spoiled now because I have 12 beautiful, smart, and very entertaining nieces and nephews that always keep me laughing. From a very young age I fell in love with education. I love learning! Due to this I chose a career in education. I currently teach 7th grade English and although at moments it is tough I find that it is very rewarding. Especially when I am able to instill the love of learning into one of my students. If I am not teaching or preparing lesson plans you can usually find me with my husband hiking, swimming, four wheeling, or helping my parents on the farm. Well unless the weather is bad and then I am reading or watching college sports! I also love traveling and have had the opportunity to live in Germany and travel throughout Europe. As a teenager I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. This has probably been one of my greatest challenges and blessing. Through it I have learned that no matter what your situation is the Savior has felt it and understands what you are going through. I find comfort on those days that my blood sugar is on a roller coaster and I am tired and exhausted and laying on the kitchen floor trying to down a juice to bring up my sugar levels I know that Christ is there with me helping me out and reminding me that I am never alone.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active LDS family but was always challenged by my parents to find my own testimony. Although I was very active throughout my teenage years I found that I relied a lot on the testimonies of those around me. It was at one of the lowest points of my life that I was diagnosed with diabetes. I was 16 and was still trying to figure out who I was and what this life was all about. I was diagnosed and spent the rest of the day hooked up to an IV. And within the week spent another day and night hooked up to an IV in the hospital. I came home from a late night at the hospital and was very upset. I remember thinking "Why, why do I have to go through this". I cried and cried and fell to my knees and prayed to my Father in Heaven and asked him the same questions over and over. When I stood from this broken moment, I read a quote that I had stuck to my wall. It read "Sometimes God calms the storm and sometimes he lets the storm rage and calms his child". It was then that I realized that I had received this life long disease for my own good. I was not headed to the best path and I needed something to humble me and help me realize the truly important things in life. I took the challenge and found myself turning more and more to my scriptures and more and more on my knees in prayer. It was here that my relationship with my Savior grew and my Testimony of the true church grew and became strong and my own. I still remember that quote every time I am faced with a trial. I realize that I need to be humbled and I need to continue building up my testimony.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday through the small and simple things. One of the simple things is by example. I am an example to my neices and nephews and make sure to show them how important it is to keep the commandments and strive to gain and build up upon your testimony. In my classroom of over 140 students everyday I do the same thing. I am honest with them, I am kind to all those around me, I do not lower my standards in any situation, and through this I can show them how happy I am and how happy the gospel is able to make you. Other simple things that help me in my life is participating in ward activities, such as attending church and magnifying my calling. Reading my scriptures and praying daily, although sometimes they seem small (or I am just too tired) I know that in the end they will be very big things in my life.