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Hi I'm Kathy.

I am a Mormon. I am a mom, a daughter, a sister and a friend. The people I love form the framework of my life.

About Me

I am a mom. That's the best and sometimes the toughest part of my life. I have four children. My second son died when he was a newborn. He never got to live outside the hospital. My other three children are adults now. I love them with all my heart. I'm divorced. I grew up in a small town and have lived in both small and large cities. I now live in a rural community. I have a job I love. I teach in a public school. I teach what's called Transitional Kindergarten. TK kids are 4 year olds who will turn 5 during the school year. Reading is something I really enjoy. I was that little girl who read as she walked home from school. As much as I love reading, I love the outdoors and enjoy hiking to waterfalls and watching the ocean. A few years ago I started walking some sections of the Pacific Crest Trail that could be done as day hikes. I love being outside.

Why I am a Mormon

I was first attracted to the Church's strong focus on the family. As a teenager I was struggling to find meaning in my life. Strengthening and cherishing my family is still central to me. It certainly hasn't been easy but it is still worth it. I am convinced that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know me personally and love me. They want each of us to live in warm, happy families that are deeply connected by love. It is what I want for myself and my loved ones. The Church helps to support that goal.

How I live my faith

I live in a small community where it is easy to be involved and I enjoy that. I am the leader of our congregation's Young Women's group. The girls are aged 12 to 17. As president of the Young Women I have the privilege of teaching Sunday lessons for the girls. We learn more about Jesus Christ and being good Christians. On Wednesday evenings we meet for fun activities. These gatherings give the girls the chance to strengthen friendships with other teens who have the same standards. They have fun doing wholesome activities they help plan. It also gives them the opportunity to bond with other adults in their lives who care about how they are doing and have grown to love them. I am blessed to be uplifted by their bright, cheerful, sweet natures. I serve in another volunteer capacity for our Church. I am the Willows representative to our area's Public Affairs Council. Among the things we do are twice-a-year large community service projects. Last year we organized a neighborhood clean up in one city and a park clean up in another town, both on the same day. We removed debris, cleaned and painted buildings and playground structures, and did yard work. We also provided lunch and drinks for all volunteers. Each December we also host and organize a crèche festival. This event is free to all visitors so they can enjoy looking at over 800 Nativity scenes from around the world. We hope it helps bring the spirit of Christ to our friends and neighbors. Serving others brings me joy.