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Hi I'm Kathryn

I live in Washington with my husband, 5 kids and a foreign exchange student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom of 5 lively and fun kids. I moved out of the city to enjoy the quieter life in a rural town. I love our community and being involved. I enjoy learning new things but can't seem to really stay with any one thing long enough to become an expert. Cooking is my first love when it comes to hobbies. No matter the dish, it's to me. The more mouths to feed, the merrier:) I've been known to make multiple recipes to compare and test with my kids. The cinnamon roll test of 8 different batches, wasn't exactly bringing in complaints. We have an exchange student with us from Mexico for the school year, he's wonderful. All 6 kids are in school full time and I spend my days trying to be responsible! If I'm not spending time in the schools, I'm at home trying to catch up. Well truth be told, many times, I can be found doing my second favorite hobby......shopping! Doesn't matter what for, I just love to shop, by myself in peace and quiet and on my own time frame. If there is extra time at that point, I'll grab a sewing project (once or twice a year) and enjoy creating something. My home is a place of refuge and relaxation. Well not all the time, but mostly. I enjoy making my home a reflection of me and my husband. We spent years designing and building this home to fit our needs and lifestyle, but were still able to make it feel comfortable to us. I love where I live, my home, my community and my friends. I love my life!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. To some degree, I know nothing else. However, as a teenager, I tried my hand at bringing happiness into my life in other ways. I found myself frustrated continually as I wasn't able to do so. When my (would be) husband was returning home from serving a mission for our church, I realized then that he would be coming home looking for a wife who would share in his standards and would only marry one that could make that commitment. Something in me clicked. I remember having it so clear in my head that I knew what kind of person I wanted to be, and for the first time in a long time, I began to find happiness again. As I strived to live the gospel better and gain a testimony, I found my happiness turn into peace. When my husband returned home and we began a relationship, I was confident that I'd made the right choices in my life. I began to live the gospel fully, embracing each principle to the fullest. Of course I wasn't able to understand them easily at times, nor was I able to live them fully at times as well. But, I loved it and strived every day to do my best. I prayed for patience from my Heavenly Father. I asked Him to forgive me for my weaknesses. It took years for me to gain a strong solid testimony. I leaned on my husbands while mine was growing. Now, I can't imagine my life any different. I have come to clearly understand what it is I love and treasure the most about living the gospel. When I live the gospel, I feel different. I have a peace and love in my heart that just feels good. My home is a place where I can feel that peace each day. It literally feels different than being out in the world. I cherish that feeling. In the midst of serious trials that have come our way, I have been able to rely on that feeling of peace and love to get me through. I know life will continue to be difficult, but with the gospel, I can feel peace every step along to way.

How I live my faith

I attend church each Sunday. I attend all 3 hours of services. Throughout my life in the church, I've had many responsibilities. I've been able to teach the youth, women and newer members of the church. I've been so blessed to be able to teach a lot in different classes. I am not one that can recall details easily. I don't know the scriptures word for word. But I do know what I believe and I know what the gospel means to me. That is the true joy of teaching for me. I am able to read about and study a gospel principle, then I share what I've learned about that principle. Each and every time, I learn something new or have a better understanding about what I teach. I am then able to share my testimony with others about that. It has helped my testimony grow over the years. I strive to deepen my understanding of gospel principles. I don't always have an answer to everything, I don't know how to explain a lot. But I have come to know, that I don't have to. I don't have to be an expert on the scriptures to be able to teach. I simply have to study out what our Savior has taught, and prayerfully ponder on those things. When I do that, the spirit touches my heart and I'm able to share with others how I feel and what I understand to be true. I love that in our church, we each have opportunities to grow and learn more by serving. I've had countless experiences where I've taken something I've learned that day and shared it with my children. We've had many wonderful conversations where again, my husband or children help bring more and more understanding to me as well. In my home, we have committed to reading the scriptures and saying prayers every day. I can not put into words the difference this has made in our home, or the difference it has made in the behavior of my children. This has such value to me that I have gained a firm testimony of this action and will make every effort I can to ensure this happens in our home.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

I have always liked the saying "you can give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, or you can teach a man to fish and he can eat for a lifetime". This reminds me of the welfare program. Recently I was working through a struggle at work, I was needing to do some things that I had no experience in. I reached out to a leader at the state level for our organization. She was great at helping me though this process. As I reflected with her at a later point, I expressed that I was so grateful that she didn't just hand me the answers to all of my questions. She would ask me questions to steer my thoughts in the direction that I needed to make decisions. All along she was intentionally molding me and helping me to come up with the right answers, very rarely giving them to me. I shared with her that along the way, there were many times, I was frustrated and felt like it took so much work for me to figure out what the best decision or pathway was. During those times, I would ask her what I should do, wanting so badly for her to give me the solution. Frustratingly so, she would never give me an answer, but again would lead me to an answer that fit best for us. I thought I was in need of her to fix things, but in fact I was in need of being taught to do it myself. Looking back, I have learned more because of her willingness to teach me instead or direct me. The church welfare system does the same thing, encourages us to do the work that we can, then Show more Show less