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Hi I'm K. Otterstrom

I am a mother of two who lives in Washington State. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to learn about nearly everything, although calculus and advanced mathematics have always eluded me. I studied zoology as an undergraduate and law as a graduate student. I am a non-practicing attorney and enjoyed tax and estate planning prior to having children and electing to be their primary caregiver. My children consume the bulk of my time and I love involving them in running our little household. We work together on chores and in the garden; but, as "all work and no play make Jack a dull boy," we also enjoy lots of stories, outings, music, and dancing. One of my primary personal interests is cooking and recipe development. I am in the process of writing a cookbook that is focused on menu planning, eating responsibly, and cooking seasonally.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and, although my father was not of her faith, she elected to take me and my sister to church with her. I was baptized at the age of 8 and participated in most of the church programs as a child and youth. My real commitment to my faith came as a result of negative pressure from friends during my senior year of high school. I realized that I must make a choice about living my faith and actively seeking my own testimony that would be sufficiently strong to endure criticism. In my experience, conversion is a process and as I experience life I realize that I am becoming more strongly converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His church.

How I live my faith

I am a counselor in my ward Primary presidency so I spend time working with 18 month to 12 year old children. It is exciting to see in their eyes the fledgling faith and confidence in the Savior. The fact that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is accessible to everyone, even very young children, is a testimony to me of its truth and eternal nature. I also enjoy being a visiting teacher. My life has been enriched and my mind broadened as I have befriended both my visiting teaching companions and the sisters we visit and serve. Service is such a fantastic remedy to selfishness and I have been repeatedly blessed through my little sacrifice to go visiting teaching with opportunities to grow personally and act in the place of my Savior. I have a strong testimony that Jesus Christ is aware of us on a very individual level and I attribute this in part to my visiting teaching messages. Possibly the most important way I seek to live my faith is in my role as a mother. I recognize that my children are also spirit children of my Father in Heaven, and as such they deserve to be treated with respect and taught consistently the things of God. Although I do teach my children from the scriptures, I know that my most effective lessons are those I teach through my actions. It is wonderful to be able to teach children that they ought to be nice to their siblings because the Savior commanded them to be. There is a great power in doing this and I am very thankful for the place of faith in my role as a mother.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

K. Otterstrom
Absolutely! The Bible is full of extremely important history and prophecies, as well as the precious teachings of the Savior and his Apostles in the New Testament. I think that modern scripture, particularly the Book of Mormon, is best understood in the context of the Old Testament since this was the culture from which the people of the Book of Mormon originated. Prophets and even the Savior himself have repeatedly quoted previous prophets, notably Isaiah and Malachi. As I have studied the scriptures more intensely, I have discovered that the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants work together to confirm truth. Show more Show less