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Hi I'm Katie

I'm from Alberta, Canada. I love music and nature. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music. I play piano, guitar, ukulele, and the flute. But mostly, I love to listen to music. The genre really doesn't matter to me, because I like many different kinds. I just love how music can change your mood or make you feel a certain way just because of the different sounds that are in it. It can sometimes take you to a different place, and that is so interesting to me. I also love nature, because I love how peaceful and beautiful it is. My favorite part is the sky; I love looking at the stars at night and thinking about the vastness of space. It is mind blowing. I also enjoy painting, drawing, and reading. I am a student, but I am taking time off from my schooling to serve a full time mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because there is truth found in this church that can not be found anywhere else. There is a feeling that I get when I read the scriptures or go to church that is hard to explain. It is like a burning feeling in my chest. Sometimes it makes me cry. It is something that cannot fully be described to someone that hasn't felt it themselves. But when I get this feeling, it is like I am so happy that I want to cry, and I feel so close to God. We call it the spirit, or the Holy Ghost, and we believe it is the way that God tells us what is true and what isn't. When I get this feeling, I know that what I am hearing or reading is true. When I first felt this feeling very strongly, I was at a church camp. I was about 14 years old at the time, and I was sitting listening to a lesson about Christ. We were learning about His sacrifice for our sins, how He was resurrected, and how He still lives to this day. There was a slideshow of pictures of Him shown as this lesson was taught, and then we sang a church song afterwards. As I looked at those pictures of Christ, I got that feeling in my chest that I had heard about my whole life, but never felt. I remember for some reason I went to say a little prayer in my head, maybe to say thank you for letting me feel this peaceful feeling, but as I started out my prayer by mentally calling out to God, the feeling rushed over me in a way I had never felt. I felt so happy that I started to cry. I was surrounded by people and I knew I had to sing soon, so I tried to fight back the tears. And I am usually good at holding back tears, but when I feel the spirit, I can't. I had never had this feeling before, but it changed my life. I knew in that moment that God loves me, that He knew where I was, what I was doing, and what I was feeling. Since that moment, I have felt the same way many times as I learn about God's commandments in the Book of Mormon, go to church, and do other things that I am supposed to.

How I live my faith

I used to conduct the music in the main meeting at church. In my youth group, I was appointed as a leader. My job was to help my fellow young people with anything they needed and to notice when they felt sad or out of place, or anything like that. I was just supposed to make sure that no one was unhappy. I also helped plan activities as part of this job. Some of the activities in this youth group included community service, like visiting old folks homes, cleaning up the highway, helping people with their household chores, disaster relief, etc. For example, we once helped a family whose house had flooded. They had stripped the drywall off the walls in their basement, but they had sewage covering all the electrical wires and beams. We went around and wiped down everything, because if the sewage was left there, a deadly fungus could grow. It was a job that the family could not do on their own.