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Hi I'm Kim Williams

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in a small New England town that taught me an important sense of community.

About Me

I am a mother of 5 children-the BEST job ever! Over the last 18 years I have spent a tremendous amount of time and energy volunteering in our children's schools. I love feeling part of a community and feeling that I am contibuting to that community. Along with this process of working at the schools I have had many opportunities to work with children both members of our church and not and help them to develop a deeper sense of who they are. Working with youth is a passion of mine and being able to do that at home with my own family, at church and in the schools is how I love to spend my time!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family. I also grew up on the East Coast where-at that time-there were not a lot of Mormons. My Dad communted into NYC every day of the week for work. Growing up we were a very close family and have remained that way up to today. As a teenager, I attended my friends churches regularly and they in turn would join some of our church activities-dances (the best!), youth night and even sometimes attend Sunday Services. As I learned about other religions, I realized with the encouragement of my own parents and church leaders, that I myself, needed to find out, on my own WHY I was a Mormon and if that is what I wanted to be my entire life. As a 17 year old girl I read and studied the Book of Mormon in my own personal time. When I was almost finished reading, I found a scripture that said, "Behold I will exhort you that when ye shall read theses things...that ye would ask God the Eternal Father in the name of Christ, if these things are not true, and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, He will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost." (Moroni 10:3,5) I knew that I needed to find out for myself. Over the next week I pondered a lot, the truths that I had been taught as a child by my parents and church leaders. I thought about what I had read in the Book of Mormon-I had a lot of questions. Then one night, I went to my room, by myself. I locked the door, knelt down and began my sincere prayer to find out if what I felt in my heart and what I had studied was true. I did not have any miraculous experience nor did angels appear but I knew that it was true and I felt that if God could know the thoughts and intents of my heart and answer the prayer of a young 17 year old girl than he could certainly answer the prayer of a 14 year old boy, Joseph Smith, who had similar questions. I worked hard and God answered my prayer. I received my answer at 17 and that is why I am a Mormon today.

How I live my faith

I love people! As our children have started attending school all day I have found that I need to be around people even more. I LOVE to serve in the schools-I have served as PTO President, on the School Advisory Councils, as a classroom volunteer and working with teenagers in many different venues. I have taught Sunday School to teens and Nursery to 2 year olds. I have spent time training youth leaders how to be more effective teachers. I have also been trained over and over in all these areas. The blessing of living within a community are these opportunities. We have the ability to teach and be taught. We have the opportuny to serve when we have the time. I have had the great blessing of having wonderful neighbors who have taught me also the importance of service and community. Through raising children who will give service and by working with others in the community and church through our service together-that is how I live my faith!

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Kim Williams
Faith in Jesus Christ helps to develop a much deeper and closer relationship in our marriages, families and friendships. Many of my friends are not members of my church and yet they also have a deep and abiding faith for the Savior. It is in those friendships that I feel safest and am able to become closer and share deeper feelings. In my marriage there is an eternal bond created through covenants that my husband and I have made with each other and Our Heavenly Father and Christ. These covenants have strengthened us to push through difficult times we have faced in our marriage and create a relationship based on selflessness and the needs of one another rather than our own needs. As our children have grown they have faced some difficult challenges and there were times when we physically could not be where they were to help them, hug them and talk with them. Knowing that a loving Heavenly Father was there for them and that Jesus Christ was THEIR Savior too, was an incredible strength to me. He would be there for them, when I could not be. Watching them struggle, seek Him and find Him has been a journey of joy. Show more Show less