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Hi I'm Kathryn

I grew up in California. I am married and have 4 children and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful man and we have 4 children. I am a stay-at-home mom, which I have always loved. I plan to some day go back and finish my college education. Cuurently I enjoy volunteering at my kids' school, teaching my daughter's preschool group, playing tennis and volleyball. When I can, I also love reading, doing puzzles, scrapbooking. As a family we enjoy camping, hiking and snow skiing.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised us children in the church and they were such great examples of followers of Christ. Due to their teachings and those in the church, I came to gain a testimony of its truthfulness. I had the opportunity to serve a mission in a foreign country for 18 mos and to teach people about Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father and the purpose of life. That experience, although difficult at times, increased my testimony even more. I am thankful to be a member of the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints. I know God lives and that Jesus is the Christ and that through him, we can be forgiven of our sins. I am grateful to know that I will be able to see my Father who passed away over 15 years ago again, that families can be together forever.

How I live my faith

We have many opportunities to serve within our church. I spent the past couple of years as a Den Leader in the Cub Scout program, but am now working with the women's organization of the church. I also have the chance through this organization, to make monthly visits to a few women and share a spiritual thought and develop relationships of trust. It helps to meet the needs of the women both spiritually, mentally and socially. I am thankful for the organizations of the church that meets the needs of it's members. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve one another and also to learn to be served when it's needed.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Typically the girls/women wear dresses or skirts and the men wear slacks and dress shirts/ties. There are dress standards for the youth as we feel that when we are in the house of the Lord that it shows reverence and respect. We would welcome anyone in even if they were more casual, as the Lord knows the intent of their heart. Within the church, we celebrate Easter and Christmas, as it has such significant meaning with Christ; his death and resurrection as well as his birth. Those are such important events, as Jesus Christ is the foundation of our church. The other holidays are celebrated on a more personal level. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward is made up of a congregation of members in a geographical area. A smaller congregation if considered a "branch". Multiple wards then make up a "Stake". The leader of our "wards" is called a "Bishop" and he serves in this position voluntarily for a certain period of time. We do not have paid clergy. The great thing about the church is that no matter where you attend church around the world, the same lessons are being taught. Show more Show less