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Hi I'm Kathryn

Raised in Northern New Jersey,I now live in the Midwest where I work in Higher Education. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a displaced Jersey Girl living in the Northern Plains, having relocated for employment purposes. I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a teacher, a perpetual grad student, a bibliophile, and a Nascar fan. I also have recently developed a fondness for Italian sodas.

Why I am a Mormon

The simplest answer to this question is that I am a product of my raising. My mother made the commitment to bring her daughters up in the Church even if it meant her ex-husband and father of her children would withhold desperately-needed child support payments. The more salient question for me to answer is why I am still a Mormon. Continuing in the gospel has not always been a foregone conclusion. My testimony was largely undeveloped throughout my teens and twenties. Not because of a rebellious nature or worldly distractions. The fact is I am not an especially deep or spiritual person. If given the choice, I prefer skimming the surface of things to plumbing their depths. Combined with an independent disposition that chafes at the notion of submission, my personality is well-suited for a casual relationship with deity consisting of minimal interaction and commitment. Though I would likely have been content with such mediocrity, the Lord had other plans. Evidently, situations will arise in life that can compel even a willfully superficial person to do some serious soul-searching. Suffice it to say that through trials, and much error, I have learned that I need a personal relationship with God. Developing this bond requires more than a passive acceptance of church doctrine and consistent, if not inspired attendance. It necessitates a desire to know the Lord’s will and a willingness to accept revealed truth. Above all, it requires the resilience to adjust my thoughts and actions accordingly. Through Church callings and Relief Society service, I have come to know that God has a plan for all of his children. Even reluctant ones with a somewhat irreverent sense of humor. Imperfect as I am, I am still a part of his plan and he has work for me to accomplish. There’s a comfort in knowing that I have something to give, that the Lord knows and values who I am, wants me to grow in light and truth, and trusts me to do his will. What I like about being a Mormon and what keeps me being a Mormon is that much is required. Believing what we do and as we do does not always make for easy living. Commitment, sacrifice, perseverance, submission are not light requests. But for all that is asked, so much more is given. Ultimately, I am a Mormon now because I know truth when I hear it and I know the spirit when I feel it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving when asked and finding opportunities when not. Another way is by turning to the Lord for counsel, knowing that we do not always see eye-to-eye when it comes to my life and which direction it should take. An essential facet to this communication is learning how to take “no” and the variant “not now” for an answer gracefully.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

To my understanding, the Church views abortion as a personal and spiritual issue and not a political one. The Church holds all life sacred and does not support the practice of abortion as a means of birth control. Mitigating circumstances may justify the abortion of an unborn child, such as: rape, incest, and concerns regarding the mother and unborn child's health. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The Church maintains political neutrality and refrains from endorsing political parties and candidates. Furthermore, the Church does not allow candidates to use our chapels and buildings for political speeches, rallies, or fundraisers. Members are also discouraged from using membership directories for political purposes. The Church does, however, promote individual political activity. Show more Show less