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Hi I'm Kathy

I've been married for 21 years. I'm a mother of three amazing children. I'm a full-time college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently earning my BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Literacy. I speak Spanish and have worked with Hispanic children in grades Pre-K through 10th grade translating and teaching English literacy skills. I love to read for leisure! I love to do all types of crafts. Currently I am into Mosaic art and I want to try my hand at concrete leaf casts for garden sculptures. I love to bake and make candy. My most sought after candy are my famous carmels, turtles or carmellows. I love the outdoors. I enjoy camping and hiking with my family. I love to travel! I have visitied Mexico many times, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Barbados, and many other beautiful places in the Carribean. I have been to Tahiti and Moorea, and just last year visited Yellowstone for the first time and fell in love with yet another of our Nation's beautiful National Parks! Animals are a huge part of our family. We have an English Mastiff, a black Lab, 2 cats, 5 guinea pigs, a corn snake and a ball python. I am looking forward to finishing my senior year and graduating in June 2012. I couldn't be achieving this without the support of my wonderful husband and three children! They are my rocks!!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was two years old, my parents were baptized into the church. As a result of their membership, my brother and I were taught about the gospel in our home on Monday nights during our Family Home Evenings. We attended church each Sunday and our weekly Primary classes. I remember the sweet feelings of closeness that I felt towards my parents and brothers as we knelt in prayer together each night and learned about the Savior's life during our Family Home Evening lessons. When I was about ten years old, my dad began to umpire championship softball tournaments on Sundays, so my mom would take us to church alone. Eventually, my mom and brothers stopped going as well. I asked my mom to take me to church and drop me off. I felt the influence of the Holy Ghost as I learned about the Savior and my purpose here on earth. I felt happy inside when I followed His teachings. At home we no longer had our Family Home Evenings or family prayer, and I no longer felt the closeness and peace that I had once felt when we had spent that precious time together. As a teenager, I continued to attend my Sunday church meetings and weekly Young Women's activities. As I studied the scriptures and the words of the prophets, the Holy Ghost bore witness to me that this is the Lord's church upon the earth today. I knew my Savior lived, that he took upon him my sins and the sins of all mankind that had lived or ever would live upon the face of the earth, and that he knew my personally and wanted me to return to live with him again one day. Neither my parents, or my brothers are active members of the church today, but I will never give up hope that they will someday return. I want them to feel the joy I feel in knowing my Savior. I know He loves them and wants them to come back so we can be an eternal family. Heavenly Father hears and answers prayer, of this I testify, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I have served in many different capacities in the congregations where I have lived. I have been the music director, taught many Sunday School classes, served as compassionate service leader, ward camp director, Laurel advisor, Young Women's counselor, served twice as the President of the Primary Program (for children ages 18 mo-11yrs) once as the President of the Young Women's Program (for youth ages 12-18 yrs). In the community I served as the PTA secretary for a year, and the PTA President for two years. I participate in our day of service by weeding the grounds at one of our local elementary schools, or by erradicating invasive species from the banks of the Cedar River. Service is a key to my religion and it helps us keep a balance in our lives when we serve others and put someone else's needs above our own. I am thankful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.