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Hi I'm Katie

I live in a small farming community and am an interior designer. I'm the mom of 6 kids ranging in age from 20 to 3. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I've been an interior designer for the past 15 years. 5 years ago we moved to the small farming community where my husband grew up. Surprisingly, I've been able to continue doing what I love with design here in our community. I'm the mother of 6 kids. My 2 oldest sons are currently serving missions. I love our tight knit community and living in an area with so much gorgeous agriculture.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because being a Mormon makes me want to be a better person. I know that we are all created in God's image and that we have a divine heritage. I know that God is loving and that he knows me individually. I know that we are blessed with special, unique gifts that are specific to each of us. It is our responsibility to discover and develop these gifts. In doing so, we are instruments in God's hands to bless the lives of others and do His work here on this earth. I am constantly reminded and taught that I have value and am important. The world teaches the opposite. The worlds message seems to be focus on yourself, look like this, act like this, dress like this, get more money and then you'll have value. This creates feelings of despair and lack of self worth. Being a Mormon teaches me the exact opposite. Focus on others, emulate the Savior's perfect example, follow the commandments and pattern established by God, and feel peace and joy. Life has trials, setbacks, temptations and challenges. I'm far from perfect. Being a Mormon teaches me how I can navigate life with a purpose, strengthen my family relationships, why I'm here, and how I can bless and serve others. I know that God restored the true church to the earth through a modern day prophet, Joseph Smith. He gave us the Book of Mormon, scripture about the ancient inhabitants of the American continent that further testifies of Jesus Christ. This combined with the Bible teaches me God's will and helps me know the Savior. I know we have a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. He is God's mouthpiece. We are not left alone to figure this life out. I recognize Gods hand in my life every day. I love being a mother. I'm constantly reminded that it is a divine, noble calling and I know this to be true. I know that families are the center of God's plan. I feel blessed to know this and be taught the things that will strengthen my family and families everywhere. Being a Mormon brings me joy and peace.

How I live my faith

I love where I live! When we first moved here I was able to bring some of the things I saw work in the schools of bigger communities we lived in. With the help of some other parents we started a pto that is now flourishing. I served as the first pto president and for the past few years have been the fundraising chairperson. Each year I design a tshirt that represents our community and the passion we all share for our schools and athletics. It's been a great way to build community spirit and it's always satisfying seeing so many people wearing the shirts around town. I currently serve as a nursery teacher. I absolutely love the little children I teach. They range in age from 18 months to 3 years and we have an average of 16 children in class each Sunday. I also serve as the stake webmaster and social media specialist. Prior to these callings, I served in our young women's program as the first counselor. Our young women's group has the girls from both the Spanish branch and our ward. I love these young women and it is one of the highlights of my life serving them. I am amazed at the strength of their testimonies, their desire to serve and love others, and to do what's right. My husband and I had the special opportunity to go on the stake pioneer trek with the youth and we created bonds that can never be broken. I'm also a visiting teacher and the friendships I've made with the sisters that teach me and that I get to visit are priceless. It's not always easy making time to go, but once I'm there sitting in their living rooms I never regret having made the effort. I have a testimony that it is a divinely inspired program that helps us get to know each other in a more intimate setting. Having 2 missionary sons serving has also opened my eyes to the power of missionary work. I love working with the sister missionaries serving in our ward.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Mormons believe that the family unit is designed by God. A great focus is placed on strengthening families. We believe that we can be linked to our families forever, and that death doesn't need to break our family bonds. We understand the importance of researching our ancestors and doing work for them that will link us together for eternity. Having this knowledge makes our relationships on earth very important. We want the best for our families and all families on the earth. When families are strong, society is strong. God has established a pattern for families to follow. Knowing that families can be forever also gives us great peace when family members pass away because we know we can see them again. Show more Show less