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Hi I'm Kathy

I grew up in Palmyra NY, have a multi-cultural family of 6 adopted children, a proud wife to an Army officer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of six, beautiful children adopted from the U.S., Ethiopia, Thailand and China. We are a military family and I am a proud wife to an Army Captain who loves his country with all his heart. I grew up in Palmyra, NY, where Joseph Smith had his first vision and was given the gold plates to translate in to the Book of Mormon. It was not easy being a member of the church in Palmyra as the people, at that time, still passed down outdated, anti-Mormon rumors from their ancestors starting back to when the Smith's lived in Palmyra. However, these negative sentiments only helped make my testimony grow stronger as I recognized they were only 'regurgitating' what they had heard over the centuries, but not truly understood. Therefore, I made it a commitment I would serve a mission to help teach people of the truthfulness of this church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When I was 14, Charlene Wells, 1985's crowned Miss America, came to speak to the youth in my area. She was and still is a Mormon. I remember near the end of her talk she paused for what seemed a very long time and then said with a sincere tone in her voice, if she were to do it all over again, she would serve a mission. At that moment I was determined to serve a mission, which I did at age 21. I have a very strong testimony that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, that he saw God the Father and Jesus Christ, and that the restored church is on the earth today. I love my God, my family, my religion, and my country.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in to the church, but growing up in an anti-Mormon environment caused me to constantly reflect on my belief system. However, I found that through the trials that caused me to constantly reexamine my beliefs by drawing on what I had been taught, reading the Book of Mormon and prayer, they only solidified my testimony that this Church is true. I love how the church's main emphasis is on the family. The love and support that Branch, Ward and Stake members provide is irreplaceable. I appreciate the incredible focus the church has for the youth by providing numerous groups and activities for them to participate and feel loved and accepted. I met my husband at the Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra, NY. The Pageant is put on by the church every year and is a entertaining production that tells of the origins and stories of the Book of Mormon. I truly credit Joseph Smith for indirectly introducing me to my husband. If it was not for the fact that he knelt down in a grove of trees and asked the Lord which church to join, the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ would not have come about. Therefore, the Hill Cumorah Pageant that is performed at the very hill where Joseph Smith retrieved the plates would not have been created by the Church. Thus, I would have never met my husband. I have seen too many miracles and answer to prayers that I can not deny that my Heavenly Father lives and that this church is true. Being a mother of six children, all from different countries with different cultural backgrounds and four with disabilities, one needs all the help one can get. I can not express how much I rely on the scriptures and prayer to get me through a moment, let alone a day. The support I receive from the church members, family and most important, Heavenly Father is invaluable. Therefore, I must always remember that I need to return the service as it is the best way to show Him how much I do love him! My life is fuller and more satisfying being a Mormon!

How I live my faith

As a mother raising children, it is imperative that I do the best I can to be the best example I can be. The church helps me accomplish this as it provides all the tools needed to not only get the job done, but to succeed. I am proud to be a member of this church and often let anyone and everyone know. I believe that no matter what religion you are, one should not be ashamed. If you are ashamed, then perhaps it is time to re-look at your belief system. There is no need to defend. I feel that those that put down other religions, or try too hard to defend their beliefs only do it because they are not sure of their own beliefs. But, I do know that one can have an absolute surety that they are on the right track to living the fullest, most fruitful and successful life possible. Currently I teach the Young Women in my Ward. I love this calling and enjoy teaching the youth. However, I must say that it seems they are the ones that teach me, more than I am the one that teaches them. I believe our youth today are truly noble and great. They have to be to triumphantly help pave the way for our Lord's return to this Earth. Because we move around quite a bit, I have had the joy to fulfill many callings such as leading the youth, being President over the women in the Wards, helping people find employment, visiting certain sisters and families in the ward and serving a mission. But, I do believe that the most important calling I have is being a wife and mother. I worked in the corporate world for quite a number of years before we were blessed with our children. I travelled quite extensively and would work 60-80 hour weeks. However, I can honestly say that being a stay-at-home mother is far more taxing, yet far more rewarding. I live my faith because I believe that is the best and only way to ensure my children will succeed in this world by being the best example I can be and it will ensure me a place with my Heavenly Father someday!

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?

Kathy
One of, if not the greatest calling in life is motherhood. This calling is so sacred and so important that we must focus as much as possible in making sure we are rearing our children to the best of our ability by ensuring they are taught true and correct principles that will give them the best advantage to return to their Heavenly Father. The husband's role is to have the Priesthood. This is not to rule OVER his family, but to be used to ward off the evils of the world and, if must be, Satan himself so that the mother can fully focus on her most important calling of motherhood. It would be too much for any person, whether man or women, to have to not only focus completely on rearing children AND warding off the evils of the world at the same time. Man and women are helpmates to each other. The man holds the priesthood so he can be at the forefront of the battle of evil and use Heavenly Father's Priesthood power to fight that battle so his wife can concentrate completely on her God-given calling as mother. As the women, we need to use our calling to ensure our children and those around us are taught, loved and nurtured so that our boys will someday take up their breastplate of righteousness and also continue the fight through the power of the Priesthood, and the girls will someday take up their mantel as the teacher, nurturer and mother to the earth's children. Priesthood is not greater than motherhood. They work together so that the earth's human race may and will succeed!! Show more Show less