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Hi I'm Kathy

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in a little resort town in Michigan. I joined the church as a teenager and live in Western Washington.

About Me

I'm a grandma. I love to work in my yard and grow many different kinds of flowers. I love to feed the birds and enjoy many different varieties that come to my yard. I love working on my genealogy and learning more about the people that came before me! I love my husband and children and grandchildren. I enjoy living in a rural area. I enjoy music and playing the piano (mostly classical music). When I was younger I enjoyed water skiing, snow skiing, ice skating, hiking and watching my kids in all their activities. After my second knee surgery all the active sports ended. But, luckily I still have grandchildren to cheer on in their various activities!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a teenager I had a friend who committed suicide. That along with the precarious health of my father made me fully aware of the fragile quality of this life. Though I was raised Presbyterian and had a testimony of Jesus' love for me I had not truly studied the precepts of my religion. At that time I needed to know if there was more to life than a few years here on this earth or if there was greater meaning in all of it. I was exposed to the Church and decided to study both the Presbyterian Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I spent a fair amount of time with the Presbyterian minister and also with the Missionaries. The missionaries had answers to my questions that gave me peace and hope. They gave me the understanding of who my Father in Heaven truly was and how I could pray to him in a very personal and soul searching way. I understood who I truly was and that Father cared about me personally! My understanding of Jesus Christ deepened and broadened and enriched my life in totally new ways. I joined the Church the summer before my senior year in high school. I was the only member in my little town. My parents supported me in many ways. They allowed me to be baptized and supported my decision to attend BYU. At school I met my returned missionary husband and we were sealed in the temple. Even though my parents couldn't attend the ceremony in the temple they threw a wonderful sit down dinner reception for us after the wedding. Our children came quickly and the unspeakable happened as the first two died. One as a not quite one month old and one as a 3 and a half year old. Years later our three older children were going to an early morning meeting and were in a car accident that put my younger daughter in a coma. She died 9 months later. I have great comfort knowing that through temple covenants my family is sealed for eternity and that Father comforts us and strengthens us in even the most difficult of times.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to serve in the church and also in the community. Since we are a "lay" membership and all of us pitch in we all take turns filling different needs. I have worked with the very young children, the teenagers and the women in different levels of church positions. I worked for quite a few years in the local family history library assisting others in pursuing their family history goals.