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Hi I'm Katie

I grew up in New England. I play the clarinet, I'm a college student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of three children, and was raised in a quaint New England town known for its Fourth of July celebrations. I'm a college student at a local university where I am double majoring in History and Urban Studies and double minoring in Communications and Women's Studies; it's a lot of work, but I enjoy (almost) every minute of it. Each Spring, I volunteer as a youth softball coach in my hometown, and throughout the rest of the year, I teach music lessons at my former high school and tutor English as a Second Language to Iraqi refugees. I love to read, travel, garden, cook, and sing. My dad and I recently designed and built a new backyard garden with numerous raised beds, where we grow a variety of fruits and vegetables ranging from strawberries and Romanesco to beets and radishes. I like to spend my spare time knitting and cross-stitching, playing musical instruments, and hiking. My family enjoys spending time together at our beach house, where we stay up way too late holding seriously competitive Scrabble games. I participate in charity running and biking events, and help to run a non-profit tutoring and mentoring organization.

Why I am a Mormon

On both sides of my extended family, various faith traditions contribute to the rich and interwoven tapestry of our collective religious history: Catholicism, Methodism, nondenominational Protestantism, and, of course, Mormonism. I cherish my family's unusual religious patchwork and, because of it, embrace and accept truth wherever it is found. Mormonism helps me to see truth and divinity everywhere and in all people. It enhances the beauty and joy of life by pushing and encouraging us to be and do better as disciples of Jesus Christ. Living the gospel means walking the talk: serving others with pure Christ-like love, asking sincere and honest questions, and forming a deep and personal relationship with the Savior through prayer, service, and scripture study. Through practicing what the late poet Rainer Maria Rilke calls "living the questions," and especially by approaching those big, hard, sometimes-inexplicable questions for which I do not expect an answer, with a sincere and open heart and a willingness to be changed, I have found contentment and peace in the messy, beautiful present. Being Mormon has taught me to find joy in the journey and to love others unconditionally, without reservation.

How I live my faith

A big part of my faith is serving others out of pure love. Being Mormon has facilitated my involvement in plenty of organized service opportunities. I feel most connected to my Heavenly Parents when I am in the service of others, and because of that I've actively made volunteering a big part of my life. But living in service means so much more than simply engaging in organized volunteer work; it means loving others as Christ loves them: lending ears and shoulders to lift those in need of comfort, sharing meals, building friendships, breaking bread. I love music, and sharing the gift of music with others is another way that I can help spread goodness, light, and joy to the world. I play the clarinet in a number of performing groups, one of which travels to local nursing homes and senior centers during the holiday season to share music with the community. It is a wonderful privilege to be able to deeply affect someone's day by sharing music with them, and I feel the most connected to both my Heavenly Parents and my fellow brothers and sisters when partaking in such activities. Serving and sharing the joy of music are just two of many ways that I live my faith. I am always amazed (and eternally grateful!) that heaven can work through flawed but striving subjects-in-process like me.