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Hi I'm Emily / Kat

I'm a knitter, a scifi geek, an aspiring writer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom of three exceedingly brilliant and active children. I am woefully unorganized, but as a creative person this works for me. I can't seem to make things when the house is perfectly neat... not that my house has ever been neat... I have Hashimoto's and Fibromyalgia, both of which have humbled me considerably. Knitting is how I maintain my sanity.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion story is interesting because it's ingrained in a love story. To tell you about one, I have to share the other. During my Senior year of college I was sitting at the back of a tiny Russian classroom when this giant guy came in late and sat down in front of me. He blocked my view of the instructor and the board. With nowhere else to look, I read the back of his shirt, which just so happened to be written in Russian and identified him as a former (returned) missionary. I was irritated because I felt like I knew everything about religion & Russia & I was offended for the Russians at Americans trying to bring them religion. When I started looking into religions, that hulk of a classmate suggested that I try his church. I refused, but started attending Institute classes, which are religion classes offered by the church to young adults. I also dated this young man off and on. Eventually, I talked to a childhood friend. He convinced me to meet with the missionaries. When I decided to be baptized I was visiting another friend across the country at BYU. She asked me if I would be baptized and I said yes. I still had to pray about it, and I still hadn't met the missionaries. The week I flew back, I contacted the Institute Instructor and asked him to set up a meeting for me. My on and off boyfriend and I were off again, which is important to note because my car broke down the day of that appointment. None of my friends or family were supportive of me exploring the church, so I called and asked him for a ride. I didn't want to tell him why, but when he found out he was at my home in minutes. It was still months later when I'd attended church for weeks, met with the missionaries 6 times, and asked every question before I finally got a definite answer to my prayer: "What more are you looking for?" I knew when those words came into my mind that I needed to be baptized. Shortly thereafter, my friend - now husband - baptized me.

How I live my faith

I've been serving as the Young Women's president for several years in our branch. The Young Women are teenage girls from ages 12-18. I liken what I do to being a protestant youth minister. Since we have a lay clergy that job gets separated out among different people. Since I live in a branch - which is a small church unit - I teach every other Sunday, work on youth group (we call it mutual) during the week, and I go to summer camp with the girls when I can. As a member of Branch Council (local church leadership) I help organize events, and help find ways of serving the community and church members. I try to help people whenever I'm able. I really don't like it when I have to say no to helping anyone. I understand how hard it can be to ask for help, so i like to give it when people are willing to let me provide service.

Are Mormons Christians?

Emily / Kat
The official name of the church is The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints. The answer is really there in capital letters for everyone to see. We're different because we have additional revelation and a living prophet who communicated with God. We're the same because we follow the very same Jesus Christ that other Christians do. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Emily / Kat
I think that a lot of times chastity and modesty get labeled as old fashioned, out dated, or misogynistic. The thing is that these are both very feminist values when given real thought. They're about respecting the body as the beautiful, sacred creation that it is. It's not about hiding something shameful, but rather protecting something beautiful. When we dress provocatively we perpetuate this message that all we're good for is satisfying the desires of others. What's worse is that it re-ingrains this same attitude back into your own psyche. We shouldn't be dressing in order to draw the attention of the other sex based solely on or bodies. Relationships that are worth having are based on something deeper and more meaningful than looks and sexual attractiveness. Women in particular spend so much time focusing on dress, make-up, and appearance. We should dress attractively, not enticingly. The thing is that wearing immodest clothing isn't necessarily a liberating experience. While it may provide more air circulation, it also leaves you in a position where you have to watch how you sit, stand, and walk in order to maintain an attractive appearance. It's more restrictive, not less. When we're comfortable we're more able to be ourselves. In addition, we are respecting this sacred gift that God has given us. Through that respect we're more likely to attract those who share the same type of respect for their bodies. Thus, modesty protects virtue. Show more Show less