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Hi I'm Katherine

I live in Newport, Ky. I'm a theatre manager, herbalist, artist and bellydancer. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I live in KY with my husband, two stepdaughters and five cats in a very, very cozy home filled to the brim with fabrics, musical instruments, art supplies and books. I am a bellydancer and dance with a wonderful troupe of dancers and musicians, we travel around our area-and sometimes the country- as a happy band of gypsies! I love to drum and play my auto harp, spin my fire poi with my fire buddies and eat super good whole as possible foods. I am passionately in love with growing things, especially herbs and flowers that can nourish and heal us! I love to hike and visit our local farms. I was a projectionist for a number of years and love, love, love working with film! I currently work for a family of member owned art house theatres as a field manager, but still love to visit my home in the projection booth.

Why I am a Mormon

I met the missionaries when I was 18 and I had been attending different churches and exploring religion in general. When they shared with me Joseph Smith's Testimony of The First Vision, I felt all the way deep, deep down in my bones it was true. Because I believed it was true, it meant my life had to change. I was baptized a week and a half later. After four years of heavy activity, teaching Sunday School, and organizing church events the strictness and exactness of the path began to weigh heavily on me. As a young 22 year old women trying to fit in, but feeling constantly out of place, and constantly flawed, the demand for perfection tore me to pieces and I was constantly tortured by feeling of unworthiness. I fell away. I began to explore the natural world and spent time discovering who I am, and becoming comfortable in my own skin. As I sought pure and wholesome influences and sought beauty and lovely things, as I made decisions to only surround myself with things that made me feel good, I began to learn the difference between temporary happiness and the kind of happiness that sticks to your ribs. My testimony- that feeling I had that day I heard about The First Vision- never left me. I still believed it was true and I couldn't just make it un-true. I realized the demand for perfection, dressing and acting like the other girls, were parameters set by myself, not the Lord. I sucked it up and went to church one Sunday in all my Stevie Nicks-ish glory. That night I went to the Lord in fervent prayer and accepted the gift of forgiveness He had tried to offer me for years. I am loved and accepted by my family at church and have come to find that despite differences, our discipleship in Christ and our love for our Father in Heaven binds us together.

How I live my faith

I love to share my passion for the gospel through my calling as a teacher. I teach the little ones in Sunday School and I am often inspired by their sense of wonder and the simple cut and dry way that children tend to see things around them. I have also had the privilege of being called to teach the gospel to the young women. In our Sunday Lessons or during our time together doing volunteer work, camping or participating in other activities, I have been humbled by these extraordinary girls and their ability to go out into this world of Snookis and Paris Hiltons, and have the courage to be themselves. I have many friends who, although they realize that I am Christian, are surprised to find that I am, specifically, a Mormon. I don't fit into their notion of what a Mormon is, but that's great! Because then they ask me lots of questions that I am happy to answer. The message that I like to share with them is that you can be yourself....following that great commandment,"Love One Another" is an accessible thing to everyone.

Are Mormons Christians?

Katherine
Absolutley! The full name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and the subtitle of The Book of Mormon is "Another Testimony of Jesus Christ". Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Katherine
It's like being super happy a lot of the time. I have some to find that approaching life with an "attitude of gratitude" lightens loads considerably. Living in a way that is harmonious with my conscience brings that stick-to-your-ribs kind of happiness. That's not to say things are always perfect, in fact things get crazy challenging. But hope, gratitude, and service are the strongest influences in helping you to endure those troubles. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Katherine
We do- as far as it has been translated correctly. My favorite is Jesus's ministry among the Jews. I think I read the Four Testimonies (Gospels) more than anything else in the Bible. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Katherine
No way! Any man who lives a worthy lifestyle is eligible to join the priesthood. Show more Show less