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Hi I'm Katherine

I am a wife and a mother of four. I enjoy music, sewing and living anywhere. I am happy. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a home with 11 children. I am number six; no twins. Both of my parents worked hard and sacrificed a lot to sustain their large family. It is from their example that I learned about work, service, love, & sacrifice. I love music. There was always music played in my home, weather on the piano, cello, radio, or just singing. One of my favorite things to do is to stand behind one of my sisters and sing as she plays the piano. However, now I live far away and cannot do that. When I went to college I thought about studying music, but I didn't feel right about it so instead I majored and graduated in public relations. It is when I was at college that I met my husband. He is from Brazil. We have been married now for 13+ years. I love my husband more now than I did when I married him. He is a wonderful father and companion. He makes me smile and laugh everyday. He has worked hard so that I can do what I want to do most in the world; stay home and be a mom. I love being a mom! I am the mother of four children. They keep me on my toes, but I enjoy teaching them & watching them grow and learn. I enjoy helping at their schools and being an influence for good to those they associate with. I enjoy sewing. My favorite things to sew are dress up clothes because you can be creative and it doesn't matter how looks. We have moved around a lot and I have learned that everywhere I have lived is the best place. There is so much good everywhere you are.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, however I had to learn for myself if it is true. This knowledge did not come all at once. It came a little at a time. My first recollection of learning a gospel principle and exercising my faith was when I was almost 8 and was getting ready to get baptized. I learned in my Sunday classes that to be baptized it was important to repent. One night I prayed for forgiveness of my sins and received understanding that what I had done was right. When I was baptized and given the Gift of the Holy Ghost, I felt an overwhelming feeling of warmth all over my body. Through similar experiences in my life I have come to know that Jesus Christ lives and that he is the Savior of the world. I have felt the healing power of His sacrifice in my life and I want to be better because of it. I feel true joy and peace because I choose to live the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Although I decided to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ when I was very young, I make the same decision every day. I believe that it is in our nature to become passive over time if we are not actively choosing to take action. For me today, living the standards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is done through small and simple things, such as praying and reading my scriptures daily, listening to good music, serving, and striving to follow the example of Jesus Christ at all times. When I was 21 years old I felt strongly impressed to serve a mission for my church. I served in Portugal and the Cap Verde Islands where I learned to speak Portuguese. It was wonderful to testify of Jesus Christ every day for 18 months. It helped me understand more fully how much God loves his children and how we can all be instruments in his hands. Since serving my mission, I have served in many capacities at church, from teaching church songs to children, being a teacher in Sunday School, to serving as a leader for girls 12 -18 years old where I live. My husband also serves. At this time he is serving as the head of our little unit of worship. We do not get paid for our service. My husband has a full-time job away from church that sustains us. Although the service we give to our church takes a lot of time we do it very willingly because we know it is the will of God and we feel the love He has for those we serve. We strive to do our best. We cannot always do everything, but we first prioritize our family and work. We are trying to help our children recognize and feel the blessings that come from serving at church and in the community so that they too will have a desire to serve. I know that Christ sacrificed himself for me and I want others to know and feel this for themselves so I serve in this effort.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Katherine
It is true that Jesus appeared in the Americas after his crucifixion and resurrection. This knowledge can be obtained by reading the account found in 3 Nephi, Chapter 11 in the Book of Mormon and then praying to know for yourself if it is true. I have read this passage along with the entire Book of Mormon several times. Each time I pray to know of it's truthfulness, and each time I feel peace and receive a confirmation that it is true. I get excited to see how the statement that Jesus made to his apostles in the Bible about having other sheep not of the fold in the area of Jerusalem is made manifest through the account in the Book of Mormon. It is a physical witness to me that Jesus really did visit the people in the Americas. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Katherine
The welfare program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is in place so that people can receive help to help themselves. It is not a program structured for enabling but rather it is a program structured for empowering people to better their circumstances and feel good about themselves. Show more Show less