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Hi I'm Kathleen

I grew up in south Louisiana. I love genealogy. I'm a wife & mom and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an avid genealogist. Many nights I can be up until late in the night - or early in the morning for that matter- researching the lives of my family or helping my friends research theirs. This can be a great distraction because of the large amount of traveling my husband does while also getting a master's degree. Now I am also preparing to get another degree so that I can be able to help provide for our family better. We have four children that keep us hopping. They all have some form of ADD/ADHD and this offers our family some interesting challenges. My husband is amazing. Somehow he has learned to balance work, family and other obligations while making us a happy family. I am in NO way perfect. I struggle with depression and debilitating pain. It can be hard to watch people take for granted their mobility and the joy that they can have because they don't have to cope with nagging, constant pain. There is no permanent fix for what I endure only hope that I can find the faith to push through and cope. It helps to have a husband and children who work so hard to help me when I can't function. It helps to have faith that my Savior felt this and understands just how bad it hurts, emotionally and physically, to endure pain that drugs can't alleviate and that can return at any time. We are normal and sometimes that can seem strange in a world that puts so much status on the abnormal but we like our brand of normal.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to "Mormon" parents but I am not a Mormon solely because I was born to it. I am a Mormon for numerous reasons. I have had numerous family members, including my parents, who gave up a lot to follow this faith; who am I to leave when in actuality my life is great because of my faith. Beyond this I am a Mormon because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has taught me how to be a good person and to stand alone. The church has led me to a deeper understanding of who I am and what my purpose is here. I am a Mormon because I know that miracles happen and that even a young boy can see God if he has the faith. I am a Mormon because this faith has comforted me and given me answers to questions that no other denomination has answers for. I did not learn everything over night and that is a good thing because that's where faith has carried me through until I have the answers I need.

How I live my faith

I have participated in various "callings" or assignments since I was a youth in the church. These opportunities to serve have taught me to be selfless but also to prioritize. It is an honor to be able to help others and to let them help you when appropriate. I make certain that my children know that our standards cannot be compromised so that they can stand alone, if necessary, when others aren't willing to respect our standards. Our friends not of our faith appreciate our standards and our willingness to explain what we believe. I do not live my faith by putting it in others' faces but by being a quiet example.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Kathleen
We perform this sacred ordinance so that we can extend the love that our Father in Heaven has for all of his children tho those who were unable to partake of baptism in this life. Just as any other parent, our Father in Heaven loves his children and offers them every opportunity to be able to return to Him and to experience all that he wants to bless us with. This baptism in no way negates agency or opportunity for individuals to choose whether or not they want to accept this proxy ordinance performed on their behalf. (We believe that agency is an eternal principle that extends both prior to birth and beyond the grave.) The act of baptizing on behalf of someone has helped me to better understand the importance of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. By participating in these baptisms I am helping someone that cannot help themselves in this matter. I have felt great peace during these times that can only come from service. Show more Show less