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Hi I'm Katie Simmons

Hi, my name is Katie. I'm a graduate student studying public administration at Brigham Young University. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 26 years old and got married last summer to my wonderful husband. Surprisingly, our marriage was the product of a successful parent set-up. Though my husband grew up just down the street from me during my childhood (we even went to the same high school), we had never met because he's a few years younger than me. When I was visiting my parents for a few weeks during a school break, my "future husband's" dad (after conspiring with my parents) asked me to bring a package to his son when I went back to school since we were attending the same college. After his son picked up the package we saw each other almost every day until we got married. I'm getting ready to graduate this April with my Master of Public Administration Degree. It's been a lot of hard work. Lately I've been searching for government jobs and trying to survive my last semester of college/ working my current job. I've been busy but I'm ready for the future ahead. My husband was accepted to a medical school in Arizona so we'll be heading to sunshine for the next several years. In my free time, though it's rare, I enjoy listening to music, spending time with family/friends, eating delicious food, and any water activity.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was younger, I was Mormon because my parents were. They would take me to church and that's just how I grew up. However, when I graduated with my undergraduate degree I moved to Washington, D.C. and I realized how easy it would be to lose my faith and move in my own direction. I was not living with people of my faith, no one knew me yet, and I could really do and be whoever I wanted at that point. But I learned falling away from the church was not what I wanted. It was during my time in Washington, D.C. that I became closest to God. I had to work hard to find ways to attend church and activities because I didn't have a car (contact people I didn't know for rides, etc). I decided during this time that I was Mormon because I believed this truly is the right church and because I wanted to be a part of it, not because someone else wanted it for me.

How I live my faith

Because of the experiences I've had in my life, I believe living my faith requires me to be mindful of others. Having moved several times in my life, I know what it's like to be lonely and I never want anyone else to feel that way.I always try to reach out and make friends with new people. I think being a wonderful friend and serving others is a Christ-like attribute that I can easily focus on. When I attend church each Sunday, I try to sit by someone I don't know so I can meet them. Being part of the church has given me so many opportunities for friendship and service. I believe this is how I show and live my faith.