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Hi I'm Katie

I was raised in Salt Lake. I have Optic Nerve Hypoplasia. I just graduated from USU to be a teacher. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Even though I am visually impaired, I have many hobbies: teaching, music, reading, hiking, biking, swimming, scrapbooking, camping, watching movies, cooking, and hanging out with family, I have a bachelor's Degree in Special education with an endorsement to teach children with visual impairments. I am currently looking for a teaching job. My favorite place to go is Bear Lake. As a child, I was nicknamed fish or a mermaid. I love going to Captial Reef, Zion's National Park, and many other places in nature. My favorite books include: Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Beyonders, Nancy Drew, Faerie Path, Redwall, and other fantasy and adventure stories. Some of my favorite movies are: Beauty and the Beast, Rigoletto, Harry Potter, The last Airbender, Tangled, Enchanted, to name a few. When I cook, I do a lot of things gluten free. The past year I have learned how to cook without using white flour. I went gluten free because I have Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and the gluten causes me to have severe head and knee aches. My husband I both share a love of cooking and our favorite memories include where we where both in the kitchen cooking. We love playing games: Uno, Phase 10, Skipbo, Sorry, Ripple, Mancala, and sometimes Life or Monopoly. I have been married to my best friend for almost three years! We met in a college class. do not have children yet, but we have a strong desire to be parents. My husband and I are involved in our local National Federation of the Blind chapter.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been members for many generations; I was born in the church. Among my genealogy are those who new early church leaders. I continue to be a faithful member of the LDS Church because I find great peace and answers to the purposes of life. I cannot imagine my life any other way. As I child, I leaned on my parent's and other's testimonies. Today I can say that that I know this is the Church that Christ founded when he was on the earth. At the age of 10, my 14-year-old uncle was killed in an ATV accident. It was during this period of time that I gained a testimony of the Plan of Happiness. We lived with heavenly parents as spirits before we came to this earth. We came here to prove ourselves and prepare for immortality and eternal life with God and Jesus Christ. Death is no the end of life, but a the next step in our progression. I know we will see our loved one again, and that they are still a part of lives, even though we can't see them. At the age of 13, I gained my own testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon at girls camp. In the beauties of nature, I prayed to my Father and asked whether the book was true. A sweet feeling swept over me. I know that it is true. Because of this experience, I also knew that I had a Heavenly Father who was aware of me, and that I can pray to him and he hears and answers my prayers. I know that the Priesthood--or the power to act in God's name---has been restored to earth. I have been blessed and comforted by it countless times throughout my life. As an infant, I was blessed to have the eyesight I needed to get through life, I know it is because of those words that I see the way I do. I know Joseph Smith saw what he said he saw, and that he restored the true Church of Christ back on the earth. I have a testimony of paying an honest tithe. My husband and I have been blessed because of our giving a tenth of our income back to the Lord. Service to others truly makes us happy, and makes us forget ourselves.

How I live my faith

My husband and I recently moved to a new congregation, but we still attend our Sunday meetings to learn the word of God. This past week the women of the congregation had a salad social that I attended to get know the other women. My husband and I attend the temple regularly. We have also spent an entire afternoon each week serving those who come to the temple. We find great peace and answers to our questions there. The temple is truly Heaven on earth. In previous congregations, I have been a choir president. In this calling, we called on members of the choir to say prayers, and send out reminders of practice. In another place, I put together a history about our congregation that is kept in church records. I have also been in leaderships positions; as a youth I was the president of a group of 14 and 15 year olds. I have been in charge of music for the meeting for women. We pay tithing on a regular basis. We also donate funds for other programs in the church. A month and a half ago, my husband and I had the opportunity to go to a senior home and share our musical talents with the elderly there. In Salt Lake, we see people often asking for work or food. We give these people food when we are leaving a grocery store, or when we have food available. My husband and I have also worked with the youngest members of our church teaching and playing with them while their parents attend there classes. We have also substituted for a teacher of 5-6 year old children.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Katie
The power to create children is sacred. I am continually grateful that my husband and I stayed clean before we were married. We are happier because we both decided to obey the commandments of God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Katie
No. I believe that every human being is a beloved son or daughter of God. We need to help each through trials and tribulations. My husband and I often give food to people on the streets who are asking for help. Show more Show less