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Hi I'm Katie

I grew up in a small town in Idaho. I am a student studying landscape design. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a senior in college. I will be graduating in December and am excited to see what the future holds for me. I have lived most of my life in the small towns around south east Idaho and I love the outdoors and what it has to offer. I love nature and seeing what the Creator has made for us. I feel truly blessed to be a part of it. I am studying horticulture because it helps me feel a part of that in a little way. I love to go camping and when I was younger I spent just about every weekend fishing with my grandpa or my dad. I like tying flies, swimming, floating down the river, and gardening. I really love to bake and cook and so having friends over for dinner parties is another one of my favorite things. I like watching movies and writing. Anything that has to do with animals I pretty much love. When I was little I thought that I might want to be a vet when I grew up because I just love animals so much. Alas, when I found out they also have to put them to sleep sometimes my little 6 year old heart couldn't commit to that. I really love art and going to museums when I get the chance. I love to draw. I attempt to paint and throw on the wheel sometimes but I am not very good at it but I still enjoy doing it. I feel like with landscape design (my major) I get to "paint" a landscape. And its different than on a canvas because its 3D, and you get to take into account that it is going to grow and change in size and with the seasons. It just adds different dimensions to it.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members but not active. My mom was most of the time, my dad never was.I normally stayed at home and watch football with my dad than go to church for three hours. It wasn't until I was about to start high school and my siblings were asking if I was going to take seminary that I started questioning what I believed. I signed up for it but I was scared and knew that I was going to be completely lost because I didn't know anything about the church really. The summer before I started going back to church. And it was difficult. The young women in my ward were not very nice to me and I hated going, but I wasn't going for them. I decided that I was doing it for me so I sucked it up and kept going. And I am so glad that I did. I still don't know all of the stories in the scriptures but I try, I am amazed at the people who can name a chapter and vs when someone mentions a topic. I hope to someday be that well read in the scriptures, but I am still trying. What I do know is that God lives. Jesus Christ is His son. He came to this earth to atone for our sins. And because of Him and His sacrifice we will be able to return to live with Them again. I know that I have made mistakes in my life, but I also know that there is no greater feeling in this world than leaving our sins at the Savior's feet in repentance and recommitting yourself to the covenants that you have made with Him. I have a testimony of the temple and the great work that happens within those hallowed walls. It truly is the house of the Lord. The work done there is His work. Every time I make the effort to go to the temple I think of the effort that my ancestors must have made to get there. And the work I then do for them seems so much closer to my heart. So what if it was snowing and I had to walk? Didn't they walk to Zion for me to live here? I can make that sacrifice for them. I love this Gospel with all of my heart and I love being a member of it. I say that in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

Right now I have a calling in the church where I plan activities for our ward on Sunday evenings. We don't have activities every week but if we are going to have an activity such as a Fireside, (which is where we have a speaker), or if we are going to have something like a potluck, a ward forum, or a family history/indexing activity after church one evening, I am the one who plans it. I am currently in a Young Single Adult ward so it is consisting of members between the ages of 18-30. We do have activities on other nights as well sometimes but the Sunday evening activities are normally ones that are geared towards the Sabbath day and bringing the ward together to be more unified. In the past we have gone to local retirement homes and sang hymns to the residences. I have combined with the family history coordinators and we have set up indexing parties. Indexing is when we take records such as old census records and we put them into a searchable database so that people are then able to find their ancestors through it. We have had movie nights where we watched a church film. These activities really bring us together as a ward and I have enjoyed my calling a lot these past few months.