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Hi I'm Katy Anderson

I'm a bookbinder. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated with a degree in English Literature a few years ago, and didn't know what to do with myself. I decided to pursue a long time hobby of mine: bookbinding. For a while I made and sold books online, while working part time in retail. Now I am a part time student again, studying book conservation, while working part time as an aide in a special education classroom. I'm still struggling to decide what I really want my career to be--Bookbinder? Conservator? Teacher? Right now I am leaving my options as open as possible so that I can be ready to go and do whatever the Spirit prompts me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church, which I think can be sort of a mixed blessing. I was taught eternal truths from an early age, but as I grew up it was sometimes difficult to distinguish what I really knew and believed from what was just habit and family tradition. As I have grown up and left home, it has been a beautiful experience to realize, as I continue in the paths that I was taught, that I truly do believe the teachings of the Church. The first time I read the Book of Mormon on my own (as opposed to with my family or for a Seminary class) I reached Moroni's promise at the end, and for the first time I actually took him up on the challenge--I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true. The answer I received was the warm and happy feeling that, Yes, of course it is. It was less a big revelation than it was a recognition of something I already knew. I realized I knew, and more importantly, had ALWAYS known, that the Book of Mormon was true. As I've gone forward from that point, every time I question a principle or learn some new facet of the gospel, I am amazed by the feeling that the things I am learning are things that I already know.

How I live my faith

I work with the women in the Church, organizing activities and meetings we have during the week. I'm in a singles ward, where all the members are between 18 and 31 years old. Sisters at this time of life face many challenges and struggles, and I feel it is my duty as a disciple of Christ to do all that I can to help lift their burdens and help them to feel the love that Heavenly Father has for them, as well as the love that we can all share as women working together to live gospel. I know first hand how easy it is to feel lonely, forgotten, unimportant, and not good enough. I have felt all of those things, sometimes very deeply. I feel like my experiences of hitting a sort of rock bottom help motivate me to do all I can so that no one else ever feels that way. I love the women in my ward, and I try to show them that in any way I can. I'm not a naturally out going person; left to my own devices, I would sit and quietly read books until I wasted away! But when I make an effort to reach out to girls who look lonely or to welcome new faces into our ward, I can feel Heavenly Father's approval, and through faith in his promises I can do things that by myself would seem scary and uncomfortable. I can make phone calls to invite sisters to activities, I can say hi to strangers, I can knock on doors and deliver cookies to ladies I haven't seen in a while. I can reach out and build relationships with other people because I know that if all of us are trying our best to do the right thing and live as Christians, then there is nothing to really be scared of.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Katy Anderson
Nope! Generally, Mormon men serve missions when they are 19-21 years old. Women are also able to serve missions, usually when they are 21-22 years old. Many Church members, including married couples, choose to serve missions later in life. It is up to each individual to study the scriptures, pray, and consult with their Bishop or other Church leader in order to know when and if they should serve a mission. Show more Show less