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Hi I'm Kathryn

I'm a wife of 14 years, the mother of 5 children, and a newspaper columnist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife of 15 years and the mother of 5 children. I have been a stay at home mom since my oldest child was born 14 years ago - and I love it! Before I was married I worked for 5 years in the corporate world. I also served a mission for the LDS church in Montreal and Ottawa. It was so interesting to meet and teach people of many different nationalities! Since having children I have worked as a freelance writer for local newspapers, mostly humorous or thought-provoking opinion articles. Lately I have volunteered on the elementary school parent advisory board as their secretary.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS church. My Mom was a convert at the age of 20 so I feel fortunate to have the legacy of stalwart Mormon pioneers from my Dad's side as well as the fresh zeal of new converts from my Mom's side. I've always enjoyed going to church - it just feels right. It wasn't until I was 19 and about to leave home that I received a powerful witness from The Holy Ghost telling me that God lives, Jesus Christ is my Savior, and all that I had been learning was true and I should continue with it after I left home. When I was 23 and serving as a missionary, I received another powerful witness of the reality of the prophet Joseph Smith and the truthfulness and divinity of The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Now that I am a mother, I am so thankful to have both The Bible and The Book of Mormon, as well as direction from living Prophets and Apostles, to help me answer my children's questions and bring peace to my heart as I witness the difficulties in the world today. I know that God is my Heavenly Father and that He loves me and will help me through the hard times, molding me into the person that I can be. It is also comforting to know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and has made it possible for me to repent of my sins and live again after this life. So why am I a Mormon? I believe that this church teaches the true and complete Gospel of Jesus Christ and it helps me in so many ways to be happy and to have peace in my heart.

How I live my faith

Recently, I was the president of the women's organization in our local congregation (called the Relief Society). We made quilts for a young mom who lost her husband, assembled kits for local women's shelters, gathered winter clothes for women and children, brought meals to new moms and those fighting illnesses, and participated in many other good causes. Since having my 5th baby, I have been working with the children ages 3 to 11 teaching simple-but-oh-so-important principles like "Jesus Christ Loves Each of Us" and "Forgiving One Another". One of the things I like best about this church is that we all get chances to serve - and as I serve, I learn and love more completely. Probably the most important way I live my faith is using the principles I learn at church and from the scriptures such as forgiveness, patience, honesty, and so forth, in my home with my family and in my community. My faith isn't just about going to church on Sundays (although I find that's helpful), it's about who I am and how I act each day. And when I mess up, I turn to my Savior for forgiveness and strength to improve.