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Hi I'm Kathleen

I'm a wife, a mom, and a grandma. I think I know a little bit about the challenges we all have in life, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I think I'm a pretty average person. I'm a wife. I'm a mom and a grandma. If we met on the street, I'd probably say "Hi" and give you a smile. We might be friends. I have seven children (yes, I know, that's quite a few!) and six step-children. They are a really great bunch of people and I enjoy being around them. Together, my husband and I have 22 grandchildren (for now), ranging in age from 15 years to 1 year. Like their parents, they are great people, full of energy and we love spending time with them, doing things together or just being together. Music is something I find great enjoyment in. I enjoy playing piano, leading choirs, and I love to sing! There is so much beautiful music in this world- a song for every emotion or feeling we can have. To me it's a beautiful way to express the feelings of my heart. Sacred music, hymns, have been a part of my life since I was very young. It has helped to form the foundation of my beliefs. If you ever sang the song, "Jesus loves me, this I know" as a child, you might understand how that happens. I also know a little bit about having challenges in my life. We usually don't choose the challenges we face, but we are defined by how we deal with them. I choose to find joy in my journey through this life. I have learned to look around me for the daily evidences of God's love for me, and I have come to understand that He loves me individually, and blesses me in more ways than I can realize.

Why I am a Mormon

From the time I was about four, I wanted to go to church. I think it started at Christmastime, because I especially loved the way I felt when I sang Christmas Carols. I remember learning about Jesus and his birth, and then I wanted to go to church. My parents were raised in two different faiths, so while they had faith, they didn't attend church. So I began attending different churches with neighbors and friends. I kept having questions, even when I was four, and I kept trying different churches, and eventually I wound up at this one- the Mormon church. From the very first time I attended, I recognized the things that made sense to me...the answers felt right, and so did I. I felt warm. I felt peaceful. I felt like I'd come home. As an adult, I find those answers haven't changed. The things that give me peace, still give me peace, and that peace and my faith have grown stronger as I've lived my life. There's a song the children sing, "The Wise Man and the Foolish Man" about building "our houses", our faith, on a solid foundation. That foundation is Christ. He is my solid rock, and through Him I can do all things, because He gives me strength. He gives me peace. And then, because I feel peace, I can relax, feel joy and find happiness in the good things in my life.

How I live my faith

It's pretty simple really. I try to be a good person, to help others, and teach my family to do the same. Each day, I give thanks for many things- my family, my home, food on the table- lots of things, big and small. There are challenges in life...but even then I recognize that there are blessings along the way. Two months after our marriage, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. That's not exactly something you want to hear while you're still on your honeymoon! But here we are, two years later, and he's still doing pretty well, feely pretty good. We've been blessed in so many ways, and some blessings are so unique that it reminds us that God is aware of us and our needs as individuals. I want to share with others and serve others as a way of showing my gratitude. We can focus on the sad things or the scary things, but then we miss out on enjoying the really good things, like reading stories to our grandkids, or watching them play soccer, or just having a fun conversation with our kids. So for me, faith is knowing why I am here and that I have a loving Father in Heaven. This life is precious, but it's not all there is. We are eternal beings, our spirits go on forever, and our families can be together forever, too. That gives me great hope- that even though there might be some challenges here and now, I just want to live my life the best way I know how and give thanks for the time together now, and know that our families can be together in the life to come.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

This question is easily answered in the words of one of the children's songs "I know my [Heavenly] Father lives, and loves me too". We believe in a loving God, who knows us each individually. Another way I know that God loves me because he has heard and answered my prayers many times. Some people think that God is angry, but I do not believe that is so. Matthew 7:11 reads, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to those that ask him?" I think that just explains it all- as parents we want the best for our children. God, our Heavenly parent, wants the best for us, too. As parents, we recognize that giving our children everything they ask for isn't necessarily what's best for them. God does this for us also. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

I see the evidence of God all around me, every day. We live in a beautiful world, with flowers and beautiful scenery all around us. All that beauty couldn't have just happened with no rhyme or reason. When I hold my beautiful newborn grandchildren, and I look at their little fingers and toes, and I see them smile in their sleep, I believe that God created us too. I love to read in Scripture about how God created us and how he spoke to Prophets like Noah and Moses. God told Noah to build an ark. When the ark was finished, God sent rain. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights and the floods came. If God did not exist, how did Noah know he should build an ark to keep his family safe? It's a simple little story, but it's not just a story, it's something that helps us understand how God lives and loves us. Show more Show less