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Hi I'm Kaleen

I make music and preserve family stories. I'm married. I have 6 children and 23 grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have received a call to serve a mission in Western Australia. We are excited to have the opportunity to meet new people and learn to love and serve them. We believe the Lord will bless our family while we are away. For the past 9+ years I have been the director of our local family history center. I enjoy searching for records of ancestral family members, but most of all I love finding stories about how they lived their lives and seeing how their sacrifices and efforts paved the way for me and my family to be who we are today. I want to preserve those stories so my children and grandchildren and beyond won't forget these family members and their legacy. I have loved teaching preschool to my grandchildren who live nearby. Over the years I have had many opportunities to sing, write music, and act in plays, which I have very much enjoyed. I still enjoy singing every chance I get. I love to sing hymns of joy to my Savior in gratitude for my abundant blessings.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon faith and developed my testimony of its truthfulness over time, precept upon precept, as I saw it lived by my parents and others around me and as I read the scriptures and applied them to my own life. Though my testimony is spiritual in nature, in a practical sense IT WORKS in 'real life' here! . Free Agency - As a teenager the belief in God-given free agency impressed me. It felt right that we should have the opportunity to freely choose to surrender our will to our Heavenly Father and His Son, the Savior Jesus Christ, as Jesus freely chose to surrender His will to His Father; suffering for our sins, laying down His life and then taking it up again for our sakes.  That he would not coerce our obedience seemed an important concept. Acceptance that each of us has the right to exercise free agency and a sincere desire that each of God's children has the opportunity to reach his/her greatest potential help immensely in preparing to become a successful marriage partner as well. Forever Families - As I became a parent, the sealing authority and priesthood power to unite families eternally became very important to me. I do not want to imagine life beyond without that close association of dear family members who have been sent to enrich my life here. Also, the ability to receive or have other loved ones receive the 'laying on of hands' for blessings in times of illness or for peace and comfort or for help with specific challenges and responsibilities has a profoundly positive effect upon my life. Focus - My faith provides a focus for my life so that I may choose activities that have timely and lasting meaning and not just wander aimlessly about. There are so many good things of this life to choose from and with inspiration from the Holy Ghost I can find the ones that I can do best (using talents with which I've been blessed) allowing me to be instrumental in helping the Lord answer someone else's prayers.

How I live my faith

My religious affiliation is not a Sunday-only kind of participation. It is a happy and worthwhile way of life. It's also a pretty busy one. I attend three hours of meetings on Sundays. I attend the temple during the week. For more than 9 years I have directed and managed a Church-owned, free-to-all family history center which is open to the public two days (22 hours) per week. I visit, along with a companion 'sister', a few women of my congregation at least monthly to share spiritual thoughts to uplift and encourage them and to determine if they have need of assistance or acts of service from us or others in the congregation. The visits also form the basis of good friendships. From time to time I attend occasions celebrating events in the lives of others. I particularly enjoy attending baptisms of my grandchildren. Hopefully, the most important way I live my faith is so that others know that it is a great source of joy and peace in my life.