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Hi I'm Katie

Raised in Alaska, I am a nail biter, lemonade connoisseur, jazz enthusiast, couponer, wife with a mother-heart, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a small island in Southeast Alaska which meant that I enjoyed a lot of wonderful opportunities including whale watching from my couch, participating on several different sports teams without being very good at any of them, having friends from many different cultural backgrounds, eating the best fish ever caught only hours before and becoming a fish-snob for life, and being one of only a few Mormons on the island. I would say that most who knew me during my childhood knew of my values, even if they might not have known much about my religion. Today I enjoy reading, playing the piano and organ, blogging, eating out, swimming, the color coral, Group Power, watching movies, editing home videos, travel, visiting family, volunteering at church, and most of all I enjoy spending time with my doctor husband (though often limited as he's currently in residency). We don't have any children yet, but we both enjoy loving on our nieces and nephews, as well as our friend's kids, and the youth in our congregation - which pretty much makes us favorites all-around. #justsayin

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in this church, but as I grew older I took it as my responsibility to find my own testimony of those principles and doctrine I was taught as a child. The more I have studied the Bible and words of the prophets and did experiments in my own life to see if those principles were true, I found that I was receiving feelings of comfort and peace from the Holy Spirit and was given direction from heaven to guide my journey of faith. It makes sense to me that the organization of this church is set up as it was in the days when Jesus Christ lived upon the earth. The teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints help me understand the purpose of life and find hope during personal trials. I find that the Book of Mormon and words of modern prophets help to clarify the gospel and apply those teachings in my life today. My faith supports me as the world becomes a scarier place to live, and I try to make a positive difference in my own realm of influence. I don't have all the answers, but I feel like this religion has given me tools to be better connected to my Heavenly Father, and I know that He loves me and wants me to return to live with Him some day. So I keep working and looking for the good around me.

How I live my faith

I attend three hours of church each Sunday and find a lot of value from hearing how others are trying to walk their path of faith and their discoveries from the scriptures. I currently have a calling to volunteer with the young women in our congregation, helping to organize activities, teach them the gospel and train them to be better leaders. When I'm at home throughout the week, I study the Bible and Book of Mormon, try to keep up a personal communication with my Heavenly Father by praying, and look for opportunities to serve others and be an instrument in God's hands. I try to keep an open mind when I encounter perspectives different from my own, and then go to sources that I trust to study out how those differing views fit in with what I believe and know about the character of God. My husband and I hold similar values and work together to maintain a home of faith where the Spirit can be felt. This has made a world of difference during the first years that we were married and trying to combine two lives, as well as recently going through medical school and residency and trying to find shared experiences that continue to bring us together. In our trials and as we approach changes in our lives, we turn to prayer, fasting, and attending the temple to ask God to direct our steps as we move forward in faith. We look for virtuous, lovely, and praiseworthy entertainment to uplift us and love to share in those moments with our friends of all faiths.