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Hi I'm Kaleen

I'm a single mother of six children. I love teenagers. I am a full time teacher in high school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single mother of six children. Of my six children two sons have bipolar disorder, one son has bipolar disorder and Aspergers syndrome, and a daughter has depression. While there have been many challenges in raising my family, they have conquered and are conquering their challenges. Our future looks bright. I was raised on a dairy farm and learned the "Law of the Harvest." It takes preparation if we want to have success. Through hard work and dedication, we can accomplish and achieve many great things in our lives. I was married for 28 years. Sometimes, others make choices that are different than those we would make. I have learned that we may suffer the consequences of someone else's choices or we may find peace and comfort in the Atonement of our Savior. Forgiveness will bring peace to our souls. I am responsible for my own actions. I am a teacher and have always wanted to change the world. I have found joy in being a teacher and serving others. I don't know that I have changed the world, but I hope I have influenced someone's life for the better. I love working with teenagers and love their enthusiasm for live. Many of them are great examples of what is good and right with the world. They are our hope for the future. I was fortunate to be able to stay home with my children until my youngest went to Kindergarten and then found myself reentering the work force after being home for 17 years. It was a challenge to work and go to school, but I did it!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon. When I was in college, I began to question if it was the right thing for me. I went through a very rough time in college and luckily, I was sent an angel in the form of a boyfriend that helped me. He challenged me to read the Book of Mormon and gain my own testimony. I am glad that I did. The gospel has been my lifeline through all of the trials and challenges my family has been through. I found myself taking my children to church alone for a large part of my marriage. At first, I told myself that I was doing it for them. But as the years went on and I knew that it was for me that I went to church. I needed the peace and comfort that the Gospel brings. I have found answers to questions concerning my children and how to raise them by reading the scriptures. Sometimes, as I read, answers would come to me that had nothing to do with what I was reading. But I received direction on where to go to get help for my children. My divorce was a terrible dark period in my life. As I worked through the pain, once again I found peace and comfort in the scriptures. I found that I could forgive and I came to know that the Atonement of our Savior is for those that have sinned to repent and for all of the pains that we suffer. Because of the Atonement, our Savior knows how to comfort us. I have found peace and comfort because of the promises made in the temple that we can have our families with us forever. My children and my grandchildren can be mine forever. I have also found peace and comfort knowing that there will be no blessing denied me if I live worthy of the blessing. Some day, I know that I will be married to someone who will love me and my children. We can be together forever. I am a Mormon because I have gained a testimony of the truth. I have searched, pondered, and prayed to know what I should do. There has been no grand miracle in my life, but the quiet reassurance in my day to day living of the gospel.

How I live my faith

I also visit a couple of women in my area. One of them has never been married and the other has six children. As I serve these women, they have enriched my life with their talents and abilities. They have brought a new perspective to my life and get to see things through their eyes. I appreciate the opportunity to build and lift someone and to learn from them at the same time. I also work with single adults ages 31+. I plan activities of interest to those that have children, those that don't, adults that have never been married, and those that have been married several times, those divorced, and those widowed. There is a challenge in planning activities that everyone will enjoy. However, I try to make sure that we include everyone. I do not want singles to feel that there is no place for them because they are single. I have found as a single working parent, there are many demands on my time. However, I need to have adult conversations and to socialize. I hope that the activities that I plan will provide a safe place to do that. The socialization helps keep us well rounded. (And if we happen to meet someone to marry in the process, so much the better.) I also teach the youth. I teach them professionally and at church. I love watching them grow and learn. I have found that the media portrays the youth very different from who they really are. They are full of hope and optimism for the future. The youth of today have so many great qualities such as not afraid to stand for truth and right, being leaders at their schools, and having courage to tackle the world.

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