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Hi I'm Kathleen

I'm a Mormon. I converted from Baptist to LDS. I am black & proud to be a Mormon & I love to read.

About Me

I love learning, knowledge fulfills a deep desire in me to discover all I can about my life and purpose here on earth. I am married (21 years) with two children: 23 and 17, both boys. My family is my life and center of my universe. Since becoming a mormon, I have felt complete, at peace, tranquil, fulfilled, and the gospel has answered crucial questions that have followed me my entire life to date. I have always been different; that being said, I am proud to say that I am a black mormon and feel no obligation to submit to stereotypes and prejudices. The restored gospel is my life, it saved my life, and I don't fear any criticism or negative stigmatism. "I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me." Philippians 4:13. I spent 20 years in the Army National Guard and retired in May 2010 after traveling to various states & countries including a 12 month deployment to Iraq. These were often very difficult years but I am blessed because the adversities I endured brought me to this exact point in my life. I feel as if a veil has been lifted from my eyes and now I can strive to share the gospel with others through speech, writing, and living a Christlike life with Him as my guide, Savior, Master, and teacher. I love Heavenly Father with every fiber of my being and I cannot fathom living ever again without Christ and the Holy Spririt in my life. I am most happy with the knowledge that I can perform work for my ancestors and give them the gift of the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as a result from my Iraq deployment as well as many other physical ailments. After returning from Iraq 2 years ago, I was/still am plagued with suicidal ideations and health issues. I joined three different churchs after accepting Christ as my personal Savior in 2008 after years of backsliding and struggling with my relationship with God throughout my life. I had a major surgery in December 2009, and the church I joined was completely unaware of my existence and my husband was/is LDS and the members of the church brought me food, cleaned my house, and visited with me despite my not being a member and especially not having any interest in joining the church! My mental health declined drastically during the end of 2009 and in 2010 and I thought my life was over. I was visited by the Bishop of my husband's ward and his wife after my hospital release. Granted I was still not a member but the Bishop looked me in my eye, quoted 1 Nephi 1:20 concerning the tender mercies of the Lord and told me that I was not to take my life on his watch. To see the depth of his and his wife's emotions toward me--a non-member--their care, concern, and unconditional love stirred something within my soul and I knew at that moment that this church was what I had been searching for, that peace was a breath away, that my stubborn resolve to "never become a mormon nor a believer in Joseph Smith" quickly dissapated and the power of God manifested itself in my heart. The best way I can describe it as I did at my Baptism weeks later was that a "pop" burst in my soul and I felt peace unlike anything I could ever imagine and I felt at home and it was a very pleasant, warm, familiar place. I will never forget that feeling and I dedicate my life to Jesus Christ, I believe this is the true church, I believe Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, I believe he restored the gospel to earth through revelation by Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ, and I firmly believe that this church is true despite all the criticism and hate vented at Mormons. I will leave this mortal body knowing how blessed I am to be a part of this restoration. I desire others to find this knowledge and peace, and will endure sacrifices, pain, and adversity to grow in Christ and help other through my experiences.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by sincerely trying every single day that I am given to pray, read & study the Scriptures, be an example to those who are not members, and glow with the powerful prescence of the Holy Spirit in my life. I am a greeter at church and nothing gives me joy like greeting fellow members with a smile because a simple smile from someone can completely change a mood or a bad day. I am starting visiting teaching and my excitement is palpable because I get the chance to hopefully encourage someone in need and fellowship and learn more gospel principles with the women in our church. It is a blessing and I want to please Jesus Christ more than anything: I must leave pride at the door...

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Kathleen
No. I am openly accepted, welcomed and loved by every member of the Mormon church. People are forthright and honest with their questions if their exposure to blacks have been limited and not once have I felt any prejudice only love, the love of Jesus Christ. Black men are accepted into the priesthood, and black men, women, and children serve alongside not only whites but other ethnicities. The church is extremely accepting of ALL races, ethnicities, and cultures and temples exist all over the world for all its members to partake of its blessings. Don't believe the rumors, there are black mormons and there are mormons of different races and ethnicities. Only the adversary will promote otherwise. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Kathleen
Yes, emphatically so. We are more Christian than any other Christian church. We are the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Our salvation is only complete when we accept the atonement of Christ, baptized by water immersion, and confirmed and given the gift of the Holy Ghost--all commandents given by Christ and all acts he fulfilled on earth. Show more Show less