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Hi I'm Kathleen Ryan

I'm a Mormon living in rural Alabama.

About Me

I am a writer / LDS author currently living in rural Alabama with my husband. We have four grown children and ten grandchildren. What I like about my job is that I can write stories about people and places all over the world without ever leaving home, thanks to email and the internet. I also teach an Institute Class of Religion to university students. I LOVE reading the scriptures and studying the gospel, and then sharing what I've learned with other people.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents did not attend any specific church so I was not raised a certain religion. As a teenager I had many questions about God that my parents, pastors, ministers and priests had no answers for. I could not accept the traditional concepts of a God who could be in the form of a tree or a rock. I felt in my heart that I had a personal Father in Heaven who knew me and loved me as His daughter. I imagined a God with a body that would one day welcome me into his arm. People said I asked too many questions--that some things are just a mystery. Still, I kept looking for answers. At fifteen years old I found what I was craving for, and so much more, after walking into a small branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon church) and meeting with the missionaries. I embraced the gospel and have been an active member ever since.

How I live my faith

My faith directs my life. I could not imagine it otherwise. As an author I spent a year of my life studying the last words of all the major prophets from Adam on down to the prophets we have today. That was such an amazing experience that deeply enriched my life. I also volunteer a lot within the church and the community striving each day to be a better person and follow more exactly the Savior's example of untiring service. I have the most fun teaching Institute classes for college students ages 18-29. That is such a pivotal time of life when they have many questions and are seeking answers before making decisions that will affect them the rest of their lives. I enjoy guiding them through the scriptures to help find those answers.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Kathleen Ryan
I was around for Hurricane Andrew in South Florida, Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and the terrible tornadoes that tore through Tuscaloosa, Alabama and 2011. I saw the devastation first hand and witnessed the swift response from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as my family and fellow church members, along with the missionaries from our church, organized in units and rushed to the aid of people in these afflicted areas. We helped distribute supplies sent from local storehouses, cooked and served meals, cleared debris, rebuilt roofs, and comforted those in need. It was an honor and a blessing to be able to make even a small difference in the lives of people whose lives had been torn apart. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Kathleen Ryan
As a woman and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints it has been my privilege to work together with the priesthood holders throughout the wards and stakes. I have been honored to serve as branch, ward and stake Relief Society President. This organization is the oldest woman's organization in the world today. And there is a good reason for that. It's because the men and women work side by side to accomplish their goals. In these callings I have counseled and advised the Priesthood brethren of the needs of the women and families in our area and helped direct the resources to meet those needs be they spiritual, emotional, educational or physical. I have also worked in Public Affairs to help direct the media efforts of the Church. Never at any time have I ever felt anything but loved and respected by the brethren while working in these positions. If fact it is kind of a standing joke among the membership, "If you want anything done right, ask the sisters!" We are definitely treated as co-equals...and then some! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Kathleen Ryan
I feel so sad when I hear that Latter-day Saints are not really Christians because it's so not true. I love the Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart, soul and mind. He is my Savior, my elder brother, my exemplar, my friend. He is the way, the truth, the light. Because of His suffering in the garden of Gethsemane, dying on the cross at Calvary, and the miraculous Resurrection, I know I can be forgiven of my sins and be counted worthy to return to our Heavenly Father again someday if I obey His word and keep His commandments. I know this to be true. That belief guides every action of my life. Jesus Christ opened the door, led the way and beckons us to follow Him. Show more Show less