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Hi I'm Paulette Kirkham

I was born in Los Angeles, worked in S.F., and lived in London, but at heart I've always been a country girl - and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a happy woman! I'm a wife (27 years), mother (two beautiful children and many non-officially "adopted" children). I'm one of those moms that is lucky enough to actually like my own kids (they're really great people!). My husband is a Quality Engineer. We've lived all over the United States (California, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, Texas, North Carolina and Idaho). I had moved more than 100 times by the time I was 23. I served a mission for the LDS church in England many years ago. I love literature, philosophy, the outdoors (being in a tent when it's windy and rainy!), cycling, and life. I am grateful for good friends who lift and support us in our lives, and try to be that friend for others also. I believe that most people are good people (regardless of the negative myopic view often portrayed by the media) and want to live in an ethically responsible fashion. Case in point: if you ask people if they want to be happy, most answer in the affirmative. Very few say, "No. Absolutely not. I want to be miserable, vindictive and hateful." Life is a gift - and happiness is a choice.

Why I am a Mormon

C.S. Lewis said that he was "the most reluctant convert in all of England." I abhorred organized religion for many years. I saw it as a body of power-hungry, hypocritical people who had caused great hardship and destruction in the world all in the name of God. I decided if that was who God was, I really didn't want to know Him. From the Mormon missionaries who taught us the gospel of Jesus Christ, I felt an inexplicable peace I had never known before. I decided to solve "the great question" of religion and the existence of a God for myself through prayer, study, research and attendance at countless churches and denominations. I really didn't expect to ever find Him, I just had to know for myself, independent of anyone or anything else if there was a God or not (it's not exactly brain science, right?) and like C.S. Lewis, I have been Surprised By Joy! I feel that I have found peace and the hand of God, and this why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

One day at a time. One choice at a time. One prayer at a time - and a lot of repentance. In the words of Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, "“The church is not a place where perfect people gather to say perfect things, or have perfect thoughts, or have perfect feelings. The Church is a place where imperfect people gather to provide encouragement, support, and service to each other as we press on in our journey to return to our Heavenly Father.” I have found Christlike love in the hearts of so many good people - both in the church and without - and am so grateful to be able to recognize His light in others and to also have the faith to walk forward seeking His light in my own life - one day at a time.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Paulette Kirkham
I suppose if you were to ask about grace with just the right southern drawl, some would be tempted to say we don't believe in it. But we do. Not the "give-away-grace" for nothing that is often associated with this word - once you're saved you can go out and commit sin and it's all good because you are "saved" - rather, the absolute Grace that is given by our Savior, Jesus Christ, upon condition of our repentant hearts. His Grace, or power then sustains us and gives us the strength we need to continue forward in His ways. In other words, we believe His Grace is not a "license to sin", but a gift to us as we choose to turn away from sin and follow Him. I believe that without His grace, we are completely immobilized in our spiritual journey home. Show more Show less