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Hi I'm Kimberly

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 50 years old and currently have a petsitting business for over 10 years. I love animals (of course). I have two dogs--a papillon and a chihuahua mix and three cats. I also have four daughters ranging from 15-27 yrs old. I've been married for 24 years. I went to college as a non-traditional student while my children were young for 10 years and received a masters degree in Health and Fitness. Mostly because I had my health back through surgery for Crohn's Disease and enjoyed learning about and being physically active. In hindsight maybe I should have gone into animal sciences!

Why I am a Mormon

I was never religious growing up. I only attended a Baptist church because I had to. I can honestly say that I didn't believe there was a god. One time I prayed that I would be healed from Crohn's Disease (diagnosed when I was 11) because I was told about "asking and receiving" and I prayed on my knees with real intent with tears that I would be healed. Of course, I was not healed and decided there was no god. I was definitely going down the wrong path as a teenager and not making good choices. I left home at 19 living in different areas of the country. At one place I became friends with a Jehovah's Witness. He actually convinced me there might be a god after all. I learned about their church but didn't feel comfortable about it so I put religion an the "back burner." In time I became friends with more religious people of different faiths. Eventually I met some Mormons--active and not active which piqued my interest. I was taught by missionaries and religion finally made sense to me. I was baptized not long after receiving the discussions at age 21and have never looked back.

How I live my faith

Becoming a member of the church has given me many opportunities to better myself and those around me. I've developed more love and compassion by serving in different ways. Because of the wonderful examples around me, I learned about reaching out to others and stepping out of my comfort zone. As an introvert, I found it hard to develop close relationships. Looking back over the 25+ years as a member, I can see how I've made great strides in being more involved in thinking about and helping other people besides just my family and I. From teaching children the gospel on Sundays to working with the youth ages12-17 have helped me truly enjoy being around others. At this time I have been friends with a member who is about my age and living in a nursing home because of a rare genetic disease. She has been transitioned into hospice care and deteriorating quickly. I felt the spirit as I read the following two scriptures recently and she came to my mind. "Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time the design of your God concerng those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation. For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand." I was able to hug her dying body and comfort her with the certainty that "everything is going to be all right--just a little bit longer . . ." I "lived my faith that night knowing I will see her again with joy beyond measure in perfect form someday. I am so grateful knowing I found Christ's church on this earth. I can't imagine what my life would be without it.