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Hi I'm Kate

I'm a lover of indie music, shopping local, and human rights issues. I'm a citizen of this planet, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Who am I? I'm everything! I'm a woman, a sister, a wife, a mother, a friend, a daughter, a neighbour, a dreamer, a wishful thinker, an imaginer, and a creator. I grew up never thinking I was good at anything until one day I realised I could do anything I set my mind to. Since that day, I have tried everything I could dream up. I currently live in a gorgeous rural college town in Oregon, where we recently bought property to try our hand at sustainable farming for our family. I love to read more than just about anything in the world, and when I am not running around after five crazy little boys I am often dreaming up our next big adventure! I love indie music, crazy hair, shopping local, learning to be more ecologically sustainable, studying women's and inequality issues, running, rock climbing, SCUBA diving, spelunking, drawing, sewing, knitting and crochet, cooking, and the feel of the earth between my fingers. When I think about who I am, I realise I am a citizen of this planet, and a daughter of God, and to me that is exactly who I want to be.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy! I converted to the church as a young adult, and up to that point had travelled a road that was not always an easy one. I questioned so much about who God was and what was his whole point in creating this world and us on it. But as I learned and studied out the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I felt as though the answers to my questions were being given to me, in a way that let me know that God was very much aware of me, personally. That the answers were for me. I am a Mormon because I love being able to ask questions, study for truth and seek out answers on my own. I love that the gospel of our faith teaches that we all must choose our paths in life; that we are all valued and important to the Lord, and that he is mindful of each of us. I love being a Mormon because as a woman in this church, I think we are often publicly misunderstood, and I love being a voice of truth, and 'an ambassador' of who we are and what the Lord wants us to be. I love that I do not have to fit into a certain mold of 'what a Mormon woman should be' to have a very real purpose and place in this Gospel. I am a Mormon because who I am as an individual is cherished in my congregation and my experiences are valued as I help teach the gospel.

How I live my faith

Even though I cherish getting to work with the young women of our congregation, as I teach them on Sundays and Wednesdays, I think that the real way in which I live my faith can be seen in the little things I do everyday... at least I hope so! I think the way we can be most like the Saviour is by serving his children. I love to help people; to lift them up, and help them see that they are important, and matter. Even if it is only something like running errands for a sick friend, or taking a busy neighbour a meal, showing somebody that they are loved is important to me. Charity is the pure love of Christ. People ask me why I give up so much of my own time, when I'm busy with 5 kids, our property, and my own life, to help others; ask if I ever just wish I had time for myself. The answer I give them is: they are my brothers and sisters, and when they feel my love for them, they are feeling the love of their Heavenly Father too. And when I am serving others, really I am serving myself as well. When we take up another person's burden, even just for a while, and help in lifting their load, we are able to put our own down for a time, and forget it. It makes my life better. So how do I live my faith? My faith is in an out stretched hand, a warm smile, a shared meal, or raked pile of leaves. It's in a warm coat and a hot drink for someone who needs them more than me. It's a listening ear, and an open heart. I live my faith, by sharing the love of our Father and Saviour through my own.