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Hi I'm Kathleen

I'm a Mormon, writer and editor, computer genealogist, wife of a chemical engineer, have 3 daughters, 5 grandchildren + 2 to come.

About Me

Part of Who I Am Earlier this year I attended the Brigham Young University science fiction symposium, "Life, the Universe, and Everything." Because the symposium is at BYU, there are always a few discussions of religion and especially of LDS Mormon intersections of one kind or another with speculative fiction. One of the things I noticed was that this year I seemed to be more into the LDS aspects of these questions than I think I have been in the past. For example, from the audience of a panel on blogging for writers, I asked if the panelists ever talked about being LDS when they posted on their blogs. As another example, as a panelist on a panel on creating religions for fiction, I cited an LDS novel by a nationally published LDS mainstream author who was telling the story of an LDS character as she struggled with a nasty divorce. Though she talked to family members and friends about her struggles, she never in the book talked to God. Well, LDS people are urged to pray continually, so my point was that this LDS character had not been portrayed as being true to her religion because the author did not show her doing something that should have been almost automatic to her, given her upbringing in her religion as presented in the book. I found the story particularly irritating for that reason. And I told the audience that when you use a religion in a story, you need to make sure your characters behave consistently in connection with their religion, or it doesn't work. Another example and I will stop the examples with this one, from the audience on a panel discussing why there seem to be enough LDS writers of fantasy that people are noticing and remarking on it, I pointed out that most people don't seem to self-identify by their religion the way we LDS do. It seems to me that, for the most part, only Jews and Muslims self-identify as much as LDS people do. So most other writers are not particularly known by their religion, nor are the religions of most other writers even mentioned, so far as I have noticed. So why am I giving these examples? Because I have decided that because I self-identify as LDS I need to include that aspect of myself when I blog, when I comment on others' blogs, and when I participate in other forums online. And I hope I can make it interesting when I do. I'm trying to be like Jesus. That's pretty central to how LDS people define being "Christian." And He shared what He believed because of His love for all creation. He served others, He was humble and submissive to His Father's will, and He loved everyone. I've had the opportunity for over a decade to serve as an online moderator of one kind or another. I was asked to be an "assistant sysop" on the late, lamented GEnie bulletin board system one of the few casualties of Y2K, and I have since gone on to moderate the Hatrack River Writers Workshop forum on Orson Scott Card's www.hatrack.com website. I have learned, I hope, to serve other writers. I have tried to be humble in my interactions with them online. And I have loved doing it. And that is part of who I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon home, with pioneer ancestors in both my father's and my mother's ancestry. I grew up in Utah, attended church, and married in the Salt Lake Temple. As I was growing and learning about the church and its teachings, I came to understand that these things were not only true by themselves, but they were right for me. I gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon after staying up late to finish a book that disappointed me in its ending. I asked myself in frustration what I should read next, and the first words of the Book of Mormon, "I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents..." were spoken in my mind. That was spooky enough that I started reading it right away, and finished the Book of Mormon within a couple of days. I didn't have to wait until the end and pray as Moroni exhorts in its last verses, because I realized as I read that I knew it was true, that Nephi, and Jacob, and Enos, and King Benjamin, and Mosiah, and Alma, and Abinadi, and Ammon, and Helaman, and Mormon, and Moroni were real people who actually existed on the earth, and their stories were important to me. I have since read the Book of Mormon and studied it and read about it and made notes about it and talked about it and written about it so many times that I can't count them. The truths in the Book of Mormon are great and wonderful and will bring blessings unimagined to those who study and follow them.

How I live my faith

I study the scriptures, the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. I pray morning and night and several times during the day. I try to attend the temple every week. I attend church every Sunday and participate in the classes as well as partaking of the sacrament. I try to be a better person, and repent of my sins and weaknesses, relying on Christ to help me become worthy of His love. I work on family history research for my ancestors as well as for those of people who need help with their research. I use my talents to help others as much as I can, and as often as I can.

What do Mormons believe about family?

That families are the most important organizations in the world and that belonging to a family is one of the reasons we are on this earth. We believe that families can be together forever, and one of the purposes of temples is to make that happen. We do family history work and temple work for those in our family who died before they could go to a temple so that they can be linked together with us as families extending back through time to Adam. We believe that the blessings Heavenly Father has for His children though being parts of families are so necessary that He has asked us to do this family history research and temple work so that we can find our family members and connect them to us. Every person who has lived on this earth should have a chance to receive these wonderful family blessings, and family history research is how we find people who didn't have a chance to receive them while they were living. We believe that everyone should have a chance to choose these family blessings, and so we do the temple work that will give them that choice, even if they have not lived on this earth for a long time. My first grandchild only lived for ten hours because she was born without a skull, but we believe because of the family blessings of the temple, we can be with her after we have died and we can know her and love her as part of our family. We believe that Christ's sacrifice and atonement makes this possible, and we are anxious for others we know and love to have this great blessing as well. Show more Show less