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Hi I'm Kay

I am a woman dedicated to caring for my family and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, the mother of five children ages 26 to 12, and grandmother to two little ones. I am a registered nurse with 28 years of practice. I love to cook, garden, sew, read, quilt, and write a little bit. I am a problem-solver, and I enjoy creating new things, from garden space to quilts to poetry. My family is the greatest part of my life next to my knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the gospel of Jesus Christ in Southeastern Idaho where church was an important part of my community. It was natural for me to be a faithful member during my growing up years. But as I moved on in my life, I had to decide what the gospel was to me and whether it was really true. This has been a work in progress over a period of years as the gospel has become an integral part of my heart. I think of Christ's question to Peter when other disciples had left the Master, 'will ye leave also?' Peter replied, 'and where would I go?' This is my feeling and conviction. Where would I turn? I have come to know the truth of the gospel of Christ in my heart. I cannot deny it. I might as well deny the sun shining in the noontime sky. Nor would I want to deny it. The more I study and learn, the more I come to love and rejoice in my Savior and in His glorious gospel as revealed in the scriptures and through our prophets of today.    

How I live my faith

 I am very active in my church organization. I attend church every Sunday and oversee the activities and classes for children ages 18 months to 12 years old. This is about 80 children! I love these children and love to teach them of Jesus Christ and His love for them. I also live my faith in my home as I care for my family and try to teach and live the principles Jesus taught. Often, home can be the hardest place to control our anger and to be kind and forgiving! I also try to live my faith in my neighborhood by serving other women and families in my community whether it is taking a meal to a family in need, visiting with a neighbor, or helping a family to have a Christmas for their little ones.  

What is the Relief Society?

Kay
 The Relief Society is the church's world-wide organization for the women of the church. Imagine that, the largest women's organization in all the world! It is wonderful being a part of Relief Society. I have sisters in the gospel throughout the world. One of the blessings of being in Relief Society is that I have two women from my church congregation who monthly come to my home to visit and share a message of hope. If I need help in any way, they, or other women of my ward are there to help me and my family. I, in turn, visit three other ladies in my church monthly to share a message of hope and to offer any assistance that is needed. In Relief Society, our goals are to strengthen our homes, to increase our faith in Jesus Christ, and to offer physical or spiritual assistance to those in need in our local church area ward, neighborhoods, communities, and throughout the world. It really is a most wonderful thing!  Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Kay
No, being a full-time missionary is not compulsory. Young men 19 and older, as well as young women 21 and older are invited to serve full-time missions. Older, retired couples who have the health and means are also encouraged to do various types of full-time missionary work. Missionary work is an important part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This has always been the case, as was manifested by the Savior himself when he was upon the earth. After his death, the disciples then went abroad teaching both Jew and Gentile. This pattern was re-established in the early days of our church as Joseph Smith sent missionaries throughout the eastern United States, into Canada, and then to England. The work has continued to expand from there. It is the Lord's desire that His Word should go to all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people.. Thus it is our work as well.  Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Kay
In the scriptures, the question is posed, "who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?" The answer is given, "He who has clean hands and a pure heart..." This to me is what it means to be chaste, having cleans hands and a pure heart. Moses revealed in the seventh commandment "thou shalt not commit adultery." The Savior told us that 'not only should we not commit adultery or fornication or anything like unto it, but he that looketh upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.' Living chastely means abstaining from sexual practices outside of the holy bonds of marriage. It means keeping our minds and hearts free of lustful and unclean thoughts. It means keeping our language wholesome and free of speech that demeans the body or the sanctity of the intimacies of marriage. It means treating our bodies with respect by dressing modestly and not defacing the body with tattoos or body piercings. Living chastely invites the Spirit of the Lord into our hearts, blessing one with peace and blessings unknown to the world.  Show more Show less