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Hi I'm Katie

I travel the world. I speak Italian and Korean and can read Russian. I am featured in Korean Pop history. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a post-grad world wanderer! I went to school at BYU Provo and studied English with a TESOL minor. I never intended to be a globe-trekker, until I got the opportunity to do a study abroad in London, England. That experience opened my eyes and gave me the travel bug. Prior to that experience I had never ventured very far beyond Utah. I grew up in a small town with my nuclear family. Now I am living in Seoul, South Korea as an English teacher. There is nothing ordinary about my life anymore, and I love that!

Why I am a Mormon

Though I grew up in the Church, it wasn't until my older brother died of a drug overdose that I truly converted. No, I didn't have an extreme heavenly visit, nor did I hear a confirming voice whisper to me as I prayed. What I did have was an overwhelming sense of peace when I prayed about my brother. I needed to know that he was happy, safe and no longer in the pain he went through in this life. That feeling is indescribable with the words I have at my command. Ever since that day, I knew a choice was correct when that feeling of peace would return, whether it was whether I should go to church that day (college made it hard sometimes), or if I should accept a calling to a service position. Living the standards of the Church in South Korea has been difficult beyond my expectations. There are days when I think it would be a lot easier to just give up and do as everyone else does so that I can fit in and "enjoy" life more. However, I know through experience that it doesn't make me happy, but actually worse off than I was before. The only lasting happiness I have ever felt has come through following the gospel and drawing closer to the Lord. No matter the challenges I face, or the ridicule I endure, He is there for me and brings me that comfort and peace. I believe this Church is the true Church. I believe that Joseph Smith restored the fullness of the gospel and that God loves and cares about each one of us individually. People come and go in life--God is eternally on your side.

How I live my faith

Growing up in Utah (the mecca of Mormonism) I had my fair share of callings, but it wasn't until I was in London that I truly felt like a part of the Mormon community. I taught the Young Women and was so touched by their sweet, simple spirits. I now do what I can in the English Branch here in Seoul, which ranges from just doing visiting teaching--which is actually essential when you are all living in a foreign country and just need a shoulder to lean on--or I participate in service projects now and then. Everyone is a lot busier in Korea, so I have had to learn how to jump at the chance to serve here.