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Hi I'm Katie

I am a wife of a dental student, I live with endometriosis, I am a ballerina, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in South Carolina, warm summers and tall oak trees. I love the south and everything about my culture. I am a first generation college graduate from BYU with a BA in Dance and past member of the Ballroom Dance Company. I have seen miracles happen in my life numerous times including a fall that almost ended my dance career. Just like every person, I have seen trials with my parents divorce and biological father's death to Lymphoma but know that these have made me stronger and brought me closer to feeling the Savior's love. In 2010 I was diagnosed with severe endometriosis. Nothing scares me more than the side effects associated with endometriosis and having children, but being married to my best friend the past two years and relying on the Lord has shown me that I am being watched over and looked after. We recently moved to Arizona where my husband is beginning his second year of dental school and I continue to dance and go to school. In March, I founded TuTus for TaTas to help my mother through her fight against stage 4 breast cancer.

Why I am a Mormon

When there are times in my life that I feel depressed, forgotten, or not loved, I always find my mind turning to the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The principles of the gospel show me the essential ways to help me love myself again through seeing how God sees me. Through the words of our living Prophet and personal revelation I know that I am a cherished daughter of God with a purpose in this life and the next. By knowing my true potential, I discovered my talents, passions and desire to serve the world. One of my favorite moments was the opportunity to teach dance to underprivileged children in Panama. The happiness that I found through my service will stay with me forever. When you loose yourself in service you find true happiness. I feel at peace with the teaching of the gospel and draw closer to Jesus Christ. I know that through my faith of living the standards of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints I am a happier person. I try to live through Christ's charitable example and strive to make people happy. I know I cannot change the world but I can change the world for one person and that is pretty much the same thing.

How I live my faith

A dancers life can promote an unhealthy body perception and harmful habits. There have been numerous times that I was pressured to change my look or show more than I felt comfortable. I live the gospel by keeping the promises I have made to stay true to my standards. I live my faith by attending church each week and by helping others feel welcome at church, especially the girls in my young women's group. I live my faith by studying the gospel and building a relationship with my Heavenly Father through prayer