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Hi I'm Kathy

I grew up on the East Coast and now live on the West Coast. I 'm a wife and mother of 4. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and stay-at-home Mom of 1 daughter and 3 sons. I graduated in Elementary Education before having children and now enjoy using that degree to help my children grow and learn. Our family loves dancing and going to the beach together. I love to play basketball, kickbox, or curl up to a good book.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon church by wonderful parents on the East Coast (USA). My 2 brothers and I were the only Mormons in our school, which was a challenge at times but overall a tremendous blessing. It was such a blessing because I was questioned a lot about my faith. I had many faith building experiences in my youth that helped me to know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that the Bible and Book of Mormon, which testifies of Christ were true and that the Mormon Church was true. But one day, when I was 18 years old, a friend told me that she thought the things that I believed in were crazy, particularly Joseph Smith. I had heard this so many times before, but this time I started to believe it. I really started to question things, which led me to really study Joseph Smith's First Vision. I did some mighty praying and had a powerful witness from the Holy Ghost that Joseph Smith did in fact see God the Father and Jesus Christ. As I have gotten older and studied more and more it makes perfect sense to me why the Savior restored the church that He had set up while He was on the earth 2000 years ago. It is because He loves us and wants us to have direction for our day. The world is changing and the Lord wants us to have direction for the kinds of trials that we face. I am a Mormon because of the witnesses that I have been given, but also because being a Mormon brings me happiness. This is the gospel of joy and love.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church with my family. My husband and I teach our children the gospel by reading our scriptures and praying with them. Despite our best efforts to be good parents, parenting can be very challenging. With 4 young children, our home can be quite crazy and loud at times (well actually, probably most of the time). When I live my faith by reading my scriptures and praying, I gain insight from the Lord to help me understand the needs of my children. At the temple we are serving others, but what I get from the temple is peace in my own life. I love going to the peaceful atmosphere of the temple and feeling the Lord's love for me, which in turn helps me to feel love for those that matter most to me...my family. Sometimes it is hard to feel love for family members, especially when we are constantly trying each other's patience. I am the woman that you may see at the grocery store with the 3 year old throwing a fit because he didn't get the candy that he wanted. When I am at the temple I feel an immense love for all of my family, including the child that is hard to be patient with. I return from the temple wanting to hug the calmed down temper tantrum child and express my love to each of my family members. When I live my faith, I gain so much more than what I have to put into it. I also serve in our women's group. I help families in times of need such as births, deaths, illnesses. I attend meetings to make action plans to help lift the burdens of the women and families of our church. I help plan meetings to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ, to learn parenting skills, gardening skills, homemaking skills, emergency preparedness skills, education skills, etc. for the women of our church. Together we make clothing and blankets for humanitarian aid. While we serve, our friendships are strengthened and we learn that we have each other to get us through the storms of life.