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Hi I'm Kathy Ford

I'm a superstar to someone, I'm a wife and mother, a grandmother, a sister and friend. I work as a tax clerk, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My greatest passion is my family. I'm married with kids and I feel blessed because we have good relationships. I also have a large extended family. I have 9 siblings with families of their own. We are a big group and because we had parents that loved each other and loved us, we are close knit group. I work 2 jobs (as a tax clerk and a paramed, doing exams for insurance companies) so my time with any of my family is precious. I love to read and I even have an idea in my head for a book I'll write... someday. I don't mind housework, but I hate doing the laundry. Chatty Kathy has been my nick name since I was very little and it totally fits me. Sometimes that's a curse, but most of the time it's a blessing. I don't think there is a timid bone in my body. I'll talk to anyone and love getting acqauinted, meeting people and making new friends.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom was a Mormon from her childhood but wasn't active. My father joined the church when I was four years old. After that, they threw themselves into the Gospel with heart and soul. My older brothers and sisters remember parents that partied on Saturday nights and slept in on Sundays. The younger kids in my family only know parents that attended church faithfully and were devoted followers of Jesus Christ. I fit in the 2nd group, so I grew up in the Mormon faith. I attended weekly meetings and grew and learned in Sunday School classes, along with many others. I enjoyed the activities and fellowship of a wonderful congregation. When I was 14 years old, I went to favorite teacher and asked him to help me find my own testimony. He said; "let me ask you a few questions." then he asked me; "Do you believe in Jesus Christ? Do you think Joseph Smith was a Prophet? Do you believe the Book of Mormon is true?" The answer to each question was a heartfelt "YES". to which he responded; "Kathy, what do you think a testimony is?" I had thought that I needed to have the warm rush of wind or some divine manifestation to realize my own testimony. I learned then that it had come to me instead, line upon line and precept on precept. All I had learned through my life was true to me and I knew it even then. I've since studied and prayed over many gospel principals and received the witness that only comes from the Holy Ghost. I have been taught that each one of us has the opportunity to receive divine inspiration and answers for our own questions. I have had that experience and I know that it is true.

How I live my faith

It's hard to put my faith in a box and say this is how I live it, because it's part of my life. It's in everything I do every day. I strive to start my days with a prayer by myself and one with my family. I try to be kind and friendly to everyone I encounter during my day, my family, my co-workers, people I meet along the way. you know, saying please and thank you, and meaning it. I also know that being a Christian is not just being nice all the time. Being a follower of the Savior Jesus Christ requires action. Doing service for my family, my community, etc. I have sponsered a coat drive in my neighborhood, to collect winter coats for the community shelter. I give what I can to food drives. I participate with my family in church and community service projects. I've volunteered in the local library, I've tended children for my neighbors for a lot of reasons, but my favorite has been just so they could have a date night. I've found that good deeds come in all shapes and don't have to cost any more than my time. I teach Sunday School for the adults in the congregation that I attend. This past year, the focus of the lessons has been a study of the New Testiment. My testimony of Jesus Christ has been strengthened. As I study his life and teachings, I have felt the warmth of the Holy Spirit confirm to me that he is God's Son. The bottom line is that I'm just a member of the human family, trying to be what Heavenly Father would like me to be. I always try to put my best foot forward but often find that I've stepped in the mud. I make many mistakes and I am far from perfect, so I'm a firm believer in repentance. I know it for the gift it is and I'm so grateful for the plan of life that provided a Savior for all of us. I know that I won't attain perfection in this life. I also know that blessings come in the effort of trying to be.