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Hi I'm Kathy

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Wife, a Best friend, a care giver, and a French Bulldog breeder. Even though I am disabled, my day is full. I don't let Fibromyalgia stop me from enjoying my life. I enjoy sewing, embroidery, and scrapbooking, and although I am no longer building classic cars, I still have a love and have appreciation for them. I was raised as my fathers only son (yes I said son). From 3 years of age you could find me glued to his side. Helping him with any projects he may have had. I can remember back in high school my prom date came to pick me up only to find I was not allowed to get ready until I finished the water pump my dad told me to finish first. My Dad is no longer here with me in this life but I am comforted to know that Heavenly Father has given us a plan that can allow us to be a family for eternity. I was not able to have children of my own due to my health problems but Heavenly Father has given me almost 100 kids that I have in my life and they call me Momma Doce or second Momma. He answers all prayers but not always in the exact way we are asking for them. I lost my husband tragically to suicide and I was blessed when my husband now showed up in my life and would not let me slip away into my depression. His persistence grew to love and now I am blessed to have a partner for all time and eternity since we have been sealed in the temple. And so a new chapter of my life begins...........

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member or at least attended many different churches and although I had felt the Spirit and met many very faithful Christians, I always felt like there was something more that I needed to be doing. I was working with a man that had a tremendous amount of peace in his life and I really wanted to experience that for myself. I was the type to stress about what socks I would wear that day. Doug and I would walk on our lunch for exercise and talk about God. I didn't know what church he belonged to but we just shared our beliefs and enjoyed our walks. When I asked questions, Doug offered me his sons Book of Mormon that he used to prepare for his mission. At the time I did not understand how special that was and what a beautiful gesture he extended to me. I had read far into the scriptures when he asked if I was ready to meet the missionaries. I said no, I needed to prepare so I could ask the right questions. Later I said I would meet them. Just as the last bite of food entered the missionaries mouth, I started. I asked so many questions that they could not keep up and some they had to come back to answer. Many people confronted me and told me strange stories about Mormons. I was given a 6 page document about all of these things which the Mormons were supposed to believe. Honestly the things I had been given were so far fetched that it made me look deeper to find any truths that they might contain. I never found any of them to be valid but what they did for me is to inspire me to look very closely at what the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints really believe. I then asked Heavenly Father to reveal to me if this was the true church. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ and my answer was YES. A very big YES. On my second visit with the missionaries I decided to get baptized and within 3 weeks we had set the date and I became a member of Jesus' Church restored here on the earth so that all men can come to him and have everlasting life.

How I live my faith

My favorite thing to do is have missionaries in our home for dinner and lessons. We appreciate the sacrifices that the missionaries make in order to share the gospel and their undying dedication. I also enjoy going out with our missionaries to visit homes of people that have not heard the gospel and don't know what blessings are waiting for them from our kind and gracious Heavenly Father. I love to meet new people and and learn about all the great people we have living right here in my neighborhood.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Kathy
Joseph Smith was a 14 year old boy in approx 1820 who desperately wanted to know which was the true church. Many different churches were in his town and was from a home where the scriptures were read daily and the importance of Faith in God was taught. In searching for the church he should join Joseph exercised his faith and asked God to reveal to him what he should do. God has appeared to, spoke to and sent messengers to many people in the scriptures. For example Mary was visited by the Angel Gabriel who told her that she was to give birth to the savior. Heavenly Father and Jesus also visited Joseph and told him he should not join any of the churches. Over time Joseph was called by God to be a prophet and to bring forth the restoration of Christ's church. The scriptures speak of many prophet's that were chosen by their faith to do the work of God. Ephesians 2:20 "And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;" Joseph did accept his calling to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ and he was given the gift of translation and was visited by the Angel Moroni. Moroni showed Joseph a location where gold plates were sealed up and hidden under the earth, beneath a large rock. Joseph began translating this ancient language while only having a third grade education himself. These translations became what we know as the Book of Mormon. Another testament of Jesus Christ and additional scriptures for our lives. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Kathy
A christian by definition would be one who believes in Jesus Christ. Mormons belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of latter Day Saints. Jesus is the cornerstone and true Leader of our Church. Our church is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. The church is organized exactly the way Christ established His church while He was on the Earth. We have a living prophet today who leads by the direction of Christ and there are 12 apostles who assist him with that direction. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Kathy
Yes He did appear in North America. In the scripture John 10:16 We read: "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." These other sheep that Christ was speaking of were those that had faith and believed in Him that were not in the same place as those He was speaking to. Just like when Lot was saved during the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, or when Moses led his people from Egypt to escape in the desert. There were those chosen by their faith and belief to be saved from the destruction of Israel because of their disbelief and disobedient behavior. Lehi and his family escaped out of Israel and after much time passed they had built a boat and sailed to the North American Continent while being lead by God on their journey. These are them members of the tribes of Israel or the other sheep which Jesus spoke of. He came and visited their descendants. My husband and I were so blessed that we received a gift of a trip where we were able to visit some of the places that Lehi's descendants lived and we were able to see the evidences for ourselves that those people depicted Christ in their artwork and told stories of His arrival there. My profile picture is taken at one of the ancient cities we visited. Many Indian tribes refer to the "Great White Bearded God" and still tell stories of Him today. Christ is the one who they are referring to. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Kathy
Faith in Christ is the cornerstone for our lives. Christ is the example of how we should live our lives. When we have faith in His teachings we will apply them to our lives. We are taught to love and then can share that love with our families, friends, and spouses. By believing that Christ sacrificed Himself to cleanse us from our sin we then know that He also sacrificed Himself for the sins of our brothers, sisters, parents, friends, spouses and children. When the people close to us sin against us or hurt us in some way we know that their sin is already forgiven so we must also learn to forgive. By forgiving those that sin against us we can have happy and healthy relationships. Show more Show less