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Hi I'm Kasey!

I grew up an only child in the midwest. I love the beauty of the earth. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a married mother of 4 active children who is a full-time student at college and of life. I am studying Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. I love to read, camp, ride horses, and spend time with my family. I like to can food from our garden. I wish I were more creative at landscaping and home decorating. Technology is another passion in my life. I already have a degree in Networking Technologies and get the opportunity to serve others often by helping them fix their computers. My husband is my perfect match. When I am impatient, he is patient. When I need support and love, he is always there to give it to me. Each one of our children is a wonderful gift to us and give us such joy and pleasure. When I get a chance to, I love to research my genealogy, but can't do it to often or I get totally wrapped up in it and do nothing else. I have discovered family from Ireland, Russia, England, and Belgium. It is amazing to have a knowledge of where you come from.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of the Catholic church. At one point in my teenage years, I realized, I didn't believe the same things as everyone around me. That began my search for the truth, whether that was that there is no God or that He has a church on the earth today that teaches His truth. I searched for about 7 years, visiting different churches, even taking a class in religions of the world. Nothing really struck a chord in me as the truth. My best friend joined the Mormon church and I invited myself along to a church activity for single people. I had gone mainly for the social aspect, but once the opening prayer was said, I felt the Holy Spirit, in my heart, for the first time in many years. I NEEDED to know more. I began investigating the church and learning more from the missionaries and other members. I never felt so happy or like I was doing the things God wanted me to do with my life. I was baptized in October of 1997. I have continued to remain faithful to the promises I made at my baptism and the Lord has blessed do much for it. I continue to remain happy and blessed every day of my life. So the reason I am a Mormon is because God wants me to be one and has told me so through the Spirit.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by visiting other ladies in our branch each month to get to know them and to see if I can be of service or help to them in any way. I have found I am usually the one who benefits more from this as these ladies often end up giving me love and strength. I have been priviledged to be able to help teach work with the organizations for women, teenage ladies, and children throughout my time as a member. Once again, I believe I have received more blessings than those I served. Because of my time spent teaching lessons and working with youth, I have learned that my calling in life is to have a career as a teacher in our public school system. I never would have come to that conclusion on my own, without these fabulous experiences God has given me through the church. Currently, I am in charge of putting together a newsletter for our branch each month to keep everyone informed and to help them know of any needs that are there in our community. I also help out with the cub scout program and love to sing in any choirs or groups when given the chance. For song is a prayer unto the Lord.

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

The Church has been fabulous at providing assistance to those people in need, whether it be locally, or around the world. When earthquakes, mudslides, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, or sickness occur, the church can be counted on to provide assistance to any and all people, whether they are a member of our church or not. Also, they don't ask publicity for their work. It is often done quietly in the background. Also, the church helps the individual become more self-reliant. We are all encouraged to grow a garden, can food, store food for emergencies, save money for emergencies, have a 72-hour kit ready to grab in the event of evacuation, and to be able to live happily without needing to rely on others for assistance. I have grown so much as a person in being able to learn these skills and share them with others. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are like many women you see every day. We are single, married, divorced, shy, outgoing, forthright, assertive, inquisitive, helpful, stubborn, intelligent, and many more things. We are a diverse group of ladies. But we have one thing in common: we believe in God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, and want to be happy by living the gospel with loved ones. We are equal partners with the men in our Church. Women in our Church are given the opportunity to lead and serve, just as the men are. Many of us are conservative in our values and desire to have a family and be happy like you. There are so many different women in our Church and yet I can find a connection with them so easily. We believe that we are all one big, eternal family, and so these other ladies are my sisters. And just like any other family, you have some women you get along with better than others, of course. But being a 30-something year old married mom of 4 does not keep me from finding friendship in my sister who is a 60-something grandma who has never worked and never went to college. My best friends are other ladies in this church. So what are we like? We are like a big family! 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?

Women do not hold the priesthood in our Church, but they are just as much a part of the leadership in it. The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. Women are asked to serve God in another way, one that is just as important. We have an organization for all the women in the church called the Relief Society. Through the Relief Society, women are able to help people in need, learn how to be better daughters, wives, mothers, and sisters, and how to support the men, who hold the priesthood, do the things the Lord asks of them. My husband holds the priesthood and has blessed our family many times over for it. It isn't necessary for me to hold the priesthood to bless other lives. I am able to do it simply by being having a woman's nature and perspective in life. I have served in presidencies and had my voice heard in many councils and meetings for leaders. A woman is equal to a man in her worth in our Church. We are considered companions and helpmeets, not docile women who need to be at home barefoot and pregnant. Women hold a special place in God's heart. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes! I do believe that. Why would God bless the people of the Old Testament with a prophet to lead and guide them through the trials of that day and not bless us with the same exact thing? It isn't logical when you think about it to not have God's church on the earth today and have it setup the same way it was in Jesus' day. One of our basic beliefs is that "we believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive church, namely apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth." (the 6th Article of Faith) It makes sense to me! Also, I have heard a prophet speak. I have watched him and heard him. I know that he loves me and he asks God what the Mormon people need to know so we are able to be happy and return to live with Him again with our families. He shares those answers with us and helps us know how to live that way. I have found nothing but happiness in following his counsel, which would be true if he is a prophet of God. So take the time to listen to him for yourself and discover what Heavenly Father has blessed us with... today! Show more Show less