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Hi I'm Kathryn

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a mom, a professional, a family history researcher and a Boy Scouting enthusiast. I also love to read, cheer my kids on in their sports/activities, and play with teenagers.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon twice in my life -- once as child when my mother first joined the church, and again later as an adult when I learned for myself that the Mormon church was true and I gained a testimony of my own. In between those years, I attended a different church with my father. It was a good church, but I always felt that there was something missing. After learning the hard way that some of the "rules" and "restrictions" of the Mormon church weren't there to repress me, but to keep me free from some very difficult consequences, I decided to go back and try the Mormon church again. That was more than 20 years ago, and I haven't ever regretted my decision. My life has more meaning and I have a greater understanding of who I am, where I am going, and how to help my children in this tough world.

How I live my faith

For me, service is a big part of living my faith. Whether it is serving in church callings, serving in school activities or serving on my homeowner association board, giving of myself to help others and supporting those around me in the community is something I feel very strongly about. I feel that this is one of the biggest examples that Jesus set for us in his ministry and it is something that makes me feel good and closer to Him. Currently, I have a church calling serving in our Boy Scout Troop and I love seeing these boys grow into young men of integrity. I also enjoy the many activities that my children are involved in and I try to be as active as I can with their teams or organizations. What better way is there to help others and enjoy your kids at the same time?

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Kathryn
I think a lot of people incorrectly believe that Mormon women are subservient to men or are second-class citizens in our church. That can't be farther from the truth. As a women, I feel highly respected and honored by my husband, as well as the other men in our congregation. I have never felt discriminated against in the Mormon church just because I was a women. I have felt this way out in the world in the workforce, however. In the Mormon faith, men and women are valued equally and both are needed to fulfill our Heavenly Father's plan for us. That said, men and women are not identical and our roles, responsibilities and strengths are very different. The men in our church have been given the responsibility of holding the priesthood. Women have the great responsibility of bearing children. Both mothers and fathers are to raise their children righteously, but the mothers are primarily responsible for rearing them and the fathers for providing for the family. That is not to say that mothers can't provide an income or that father's can't nurture the children, but Heavenly Father has given us an ideal plan and a couples need to prayerfully share in the decisions that help make their family function best given their personal situation and needs. Show more Show less