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Hi I'm Kathy.

I'm a Mormon. I have spent most of my life in California and I am married with 9 children, the youngest has Down Syndrome.

About Me

I love being a wife, mother, and grandmother. We have been blessed with great kids that have married amazing people and we love being together. 7 of the children are now married, and #8 has just graduated from college. #9 is Shane who is 18 and graduated from high school this year. Shane has Down Syndrome and his life has been a great miracle and adventure for our entire family (all of whom think he is the greatest, including his many 24 nieces and nephews who think it is awesome to have such a cool uncle who already enjoys Celestial status!). I think I was the only one truly concerned at his birth when we were told he had Down Syndrome! I was super and joyfully busy with 8 other children and it was beyond my comprehension how I would be able to "do it all" with this new special needs baby. I think I was just really surprised (okay, shocked would be a more accurate description!) Heavenly Father thought I could do all that now would be required! I surely did not have the confidence in myself that He obviously did, was overwhelmed and seriously praying for a different diagnosis. When he was an infant an anonymous friend sent me an article about a mother with a 6 year old son with Downs. In that precious personal account she shared how she sometimes hears that in heaven, after this life, her son may not have Down Syndrome. She said she probably would not like Heaven, if that was the case! After the blessing of knowing Shane, I understand.

Why I am a Mormon

My father's family was Episcopalian, not active in their religion. My mother's family have been members of the church since it's beginnings in the early 1800's. I was raised in the Mormon faith and my father's family felt Mormons were good, hard working people and did not object. I have always been an active member of the church because I know it's teachings are true beyond a shadow of a doubt. Even as a small child I knew that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were always aware of me, and that they truly were always there for me. I have put the precepts of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ to the test an almost infinite number of times and every time my testimony of those principles are reconfirmed by the results of my prayers and pleadings, even though often my prayers are not answered in the way I hoped for but the way I needed. I have an unshakeable testimony of the Book of Mormon, the second testament of our Savior Jesus Christ. I love the teachings therein, have read them countless times and prayed to my Heavenly Father and have received an indisputable witness that they are true. My children have learned such powerful lessons on faith, diligence, love, sacrifice and many other topics from the lives of prophets and faithful saints in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. My life was literally saved by my faith is the Savior and His power and promises. When our son with Down Syndome was only 10 days old I incurred a major heart attack and my prognosis was very bleak. Good friends were coming to the ICU to say goodby. I received several Priesthood blessings of health from my husband and other great men that are Melchezidek Priesthood holders, just as the great men back in the Savior's time, that promised I would be healed and made whole again. Open heart surgery was performed, and miraculously my life was preserved. Scriptures from the Book of Mormon sustained my faith that impossible things are totally possibe with the Lord at that challenging time.

How I live my faith

I love people and am always moved by the goodness and love that I have the privledge to observe. We have always had great neighbors and friends in our whatever community we have lived in. I love that in our church everyone has the opportunity to do our part so that the ward (our local church unit), can thrive. We all have the opportunity to teach, to lead and to serve in many capacities. I have had the great blessing of working in the various organizations for the children and women, but have spent most of my time working with the young women (12-18 year olds) of the church. This has been an incredible experience for me, and I always tell my friends that are not Mormon to do themselves a favor and become involved in the LDS religion and they will marvel at the great opportunites and experiences that their teenagers will receive! There is no place quite like this place to help produce amazing young men and women and assist the family in that divine pursuit. We have scriptural confirmation that we are literally sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father and the youth are taught that noble eternal principle and it is reinforced every Sunday in the Young Women's meeting when they recite, "We are daughters of our Heavenly Father who loves us, and we love Him...." As I have watched these girls grow up into remakable women in their sphere of influenece I recognize the power of the declaration that they are daughters of God. It changes how we treat ourselves and the expectations we have of ourselves. The Young Women's program is absolutely phenomenol and I always tell my friends there is no amount of money they could pay anywhere to receive comparable benefits to the youth program of this amazing and heaven- guided church! It is a self worth builder that impowers these youth to meet the challenges of today with great faith in their Savior Jesus Christ that is literally life-saving!