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Hi I'm Kathy

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, and a cowgirl. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Colorado and have been married to my wonderful, funny husband, Tom, for 37 years. We have 2 grown daughters, one son-in-law, and 4 grandchildren. Faith and family are definitely the most important parts of my life. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, gardening, camping, biking with my buddy Cathy, and riding my trusty quarter horse, Emma, in the mountains. I love canning and have won two blue ribbons at the Larimer County Fair for zucchini relish and jalapeno jelly. I can't seem to get watermelon pickles right just yet (mine are too rubbery). I taught elementary school for 20 years and especially LOVED teaching 6th graders.

Why I am a Mormon

I gained a testimony of the church 29 years ago when our children were young and asking all kinds of questions about God and Jesus. I didn't have the quality of answers that they deserved - so the search began. I dragged them to almost every Protestant church in town over the next two years, searching for the "truth".... something I felt existed. I finally learned about the LDS church from sweet neighbors who were happy to share their beliefs with me. I prayed about what I learned from them and received a powerful answer that this was the truth, and the answers I had been looking for. So many of the things I learned seemed familiar, as though I'd learned them before. Since that time life has become more joyful and meaningful; I am grateful to know that I have a Heavenly Father who knows me and loves me. I am grateful for His son, our Savior, Jesus Christ- for His example of love and service. I know that only through Christ's atonement will we have the opportunity to return to live with Him and our Father in Heaven again. I love that families can be together forever. There is a real comfort in knowing where I came from, why I'm here, and where I'll go when I die. I'm a Mormon because I prayed to know the truth, and my simple prayer was answered.

How I live my faith

As members of the LDS Church we're given assignments (we call them "callings"). I've worked in the Primary (children up to age 12), the Youth (teen years) and adult auxiliaries, too. We're all needed since we have no paid clergy, and this provides all kinds of opportunities for us to grow and serve. The growth part......My first assignment after joining the church was to teach music to the children. I have a terrible voice and knew NOTHING about music, but the children didn't care, and I learned a lot. I loved it. My voice hasn't improved, but I sing with more gusto now - so you wouldn't want to sit in front of me during church services. The serving part.....One of our apostles, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, gave a talk -"You Are His Hands" about serving & loving others as Christ did. It's a wonderful talk; I recommend it. My favorite scripture in the Book of Mormon is Mosiah 2:17, "And behold, I tell you these things, that ye may learn wisdom, and that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." (Like Matthew 25:40.) Everyone deserves to feel accepted, loved, valued, and needed. We might not be great at a lot of things, but we can serve and love those around us. I believe that we all want to be blessed with opportunities to be "His hands". One of our prophets, Gordon B. Hinckley, said, " It is not enough to just be good; we must be good for something. We must contribute good to the world, and the world must be a better place for our presence." I love that, and I'm still working on being good for something. I believe with all my heart that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know us individually; they love us, and want to bless us. I've learned that as we pray for help and to know truth, the Holy Ghost will comfort and guide us. I've discovered that the answers to life's challenges today can be found in the scriptures, and that as we serve others we really learn to love them.