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Hi I'm Kathy

I live in the rainy Pacific Northwest. I'm a wife, a mother, and grandmother. I'm also writer. And - thankfully, I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a wife, mother of 8 and grandmother of 11. I have lived the majority of my life in the Southwestern US. I love to read, I love to write, and to do genealogy. I love teaching, although I am not a teacher for pay.... I teach in church and sometimes business meetings. I would love to be a motivational speaker... I love people, and the chance to effect people's lives for good is just too awesome!

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born into a family that descended from the early Mormon pioneers. So I don't really remember a time when the church wasn't a huge part of my life. As a child, of course, I simply accepted my parents faith. But as an adult, when I was 23, I read the Book of Mormon. I read it in 3 days, I could hardly bear to put it down. I knew it was true! That has been the springboard for my continually growing testimony. I am a Mormon today not because of my parent's choice, but because of MY choice, because my whole heart is invested in this faith. I know it is true, and it brings me joy.

How I live my faith

I love being active in church, accepting callings as ways to serve others. My favorite calling has been to be a teacher to the youth, teaching them in early morning classes before school. It is so exciting to have a 15 year old be willing to get up early and study the Bible with you before school. I would get up at 5:30 a.m. and get there tired, but by the end of that class, I was fired up and in a natural high! We have the most incredible youth! Right now I am an adult Sunday School teacher. I was just given this calling and am very excited about it. We have been studying the Old Testament, and I love the Old Testament! Next year will be sweet when we move on to the New Testament, and studying the life and words of our Savior. I belong to a very small branch, so most of us have more than one calling. I also direct the music in our women's meeting (Relief Society) and visit some of the sisters each month to make sure they are doing well. I recently signed up to be a volunteer at the food bank at the Catholic Church in my community. I think any service we give is important, not just through my church. I have volunteered at food banks in other locations, and always found it very rewarding. It is so nice to be able to help others. It's what Christ would want us to do!

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Kathy
The family is Heavenly Father's unit. He is our Father. He wants us to have the joy he has had, and has given us the opportunity to build those same sweet relationships. We CAN be together forever. The sacred ordinances of the temple included the sealing power to bind a man and wife forever, not just for this earthly life. Their children will be their children forever, and the family is meant to be Eternal! Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Kathy
The way I knew was from reading the Book of Mormon. I believe there is a power in that book, a sweetness that brings peace and harmony into your life. If you want to know if Mormonism is true, READ the Book of Mormon, praying and asking God to testify to you if it is true or not. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Kathy
We know that we are told in the Bible to be perfect, even as our Father in Heaven is perfect. This is a big task indeed! When we love God, we try... but being human, we fail. If we were to rely on our own efforts, we would fail, every one of us, and would be separated from God forever! What an sad prospect that would be! The Book of Mormon tells us, "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." "It is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do!" How exciting is that! We don't have to be perfect! We only have to try to follow Christ, to repent of our sins, to trust in Him. It also explains very well the scriptures in James (2:14-26) that tell us faith without works is dead... the works show our efforts to do His will, and the faith in His Grace takes us the rest of the way to Him! We can never be "good" enough, or pure enough to be in God's presence through our own merit! But Jesus Christ IS pure enough, and through his great mercy, He cleanses us, and makes us able to be in the Father's presence again one day! Grace is the most important tenet of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Because without it, nothing else we do matters. No principle, no doctrine, no baptism could suffice without the Grace of our Savior Jesus Christ. I personally am everlastingly grateful for such a Savior! Show more Show less