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Hi I'm Kathy

I grew up as a military brat moving every 3 years. I served a mission in Sweden. I am a full time Mom to 4 wonderful children.

About Me

I love to read, scrapbook, blog, and laugh with my kids. I also enjoy cooking quite a bit as long as no one needs me when I am doing so, then it becomes more of a burden. I have 4 kids between the ages of 2-8. So much of my life and what I do is caught up in them. I love, most of the time, being a mom. It is the most difficult job I have ever undertaken, but also the most wonderful and purposeful. I have experienced great joy and sadness in watching them grow. I hope I can teach them what they need to know to be good people in a world that seems to have lost it's moral compass. I have been married to my very fun husband for 9 years and he is my best friend and the most important person in my life. We enjoy watching all sorts of movies together, talking, and supporting each other. I served a mission for the LDS church 10 years ago in Sweden. It was a beautiful time in my life of serving other people, experiencing a different culture, and learning more about God and His Son Jesus Christ every day for 18 months. I love traveling when I get the chance and it has been a dream of mine for many years to visit as many corners of the earth as I can before I die.

Why I am a Mormon

I have gone to the Mormon church my entire life. I am the 8th of 9 children in my family and we went to church every Sunday. My parents taught us to pray and read scriptures with us every day. We spent a lot of time together as a family. I don't remember a time when I didn't believe the church was true. I do remember experiences that helped my testimony of the church, having a living prophet on the earth, the scriptures, the witness of the Holy Ghost, God and Jesus Christ become more then just following my parents and siblings. The most vital thing that has helped me gain a testimony of all these things is the sweet witness of the Holy Ghost. In John 14:26 it says "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." I do believe that this is the job of the Holy Ghost, to teach us truth, to help us to find the right way, to testify of Jesus Christ. I have felt the stirrings of warmth in my heart as a testimony from the Holy Ghost when I pray and read the scriptures and when I teach my children about God. Repeatedly in my life I have felt God guiding me and lifting me by these feelings of peace and love. One of the most powerful testifying experiences I had as a youth was when I was about 16. I was watching General Conference, where the leaders of the church talk to all world twice a year. President Gordon B. Hinckley, who is now dead, was being sustained as the new head and prophet of our church. My heart burned inside my chest as his face appeared on the television. I knew in my head, heart and soul that he was a living prophet on the earth today. Serving a mission for the church also solidified my testimony. It is hard to put 18 months of life in a nutshell, but it was a time of learning, growing, serving and testifying of Christ. I would not trade the experiences I had in Sweden for anything.

How I live my faith

The most important thing to me about living my faith is teaching my children. I want to strengthen and armor them against the bad things in this world. We have taught them to involve God in their lives and we have read the Book of Mormon and the Bible with them. I know that they will have to decide for themselves that this is what they want, but if I don't teach them then others will. It is our job as parents to teach and prepare, we cannot hand that job over to others and expect that they will learn what we want them to learn. In this church we all have jobs. Sometimes those jobs change, which is great because you get to experience all sorts of different things. I have worked with kids ages 3-12 teaching them songs. I have taught a Sunday School type of class to the the women 18 and above on Sundays. I have taught a class to girls ages10 and 11 and then planned and had activities with them every 2 weeks. I have taken care of the little kids 18 months to 3 years so that parents can serve in different capacities and to prepare the kids to go to their own classes eventually. I have organized a monthly activity for the women 18 and above. Right now I am working with the young women ages 12-18. I help teach lessons on Sundays and I help organize and have activities once a week in the evening. I have been working with many of these girls for well over 2 years now and have loved it. They are a lot of fun and it is nice to give them hope that they can make it past the teenage years. It is a trying, changing, and developing time of life for them and a time of decisions. Some of these girls are facing hard decisions. It is my job right now to help teach them to trust in God, and to hold tight to that moral compass that belief in Him gives. One of the best things about the church is when every one is doing their jobs its one big family with brothers and sisters to help each other. Life is hardly ever perfect. It is nice to know that I have friends.