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Hi I'm Kathryn

I love to travel internationally. I started an organization that facilitates communication for families with teens. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I was raised outside of Washington, D.C. in a town called Vienna Virginia. I was the middle girl of 4 brothers. I earned a degree in interpersonal communications and public relations. In 1997, I worked in England for a company called Covey Leadership, now Franklin Covey. I also enjoyed working as a reporter in college. After graduating I had several odd jobs like AIDS prevention clinics in SouthEast DC and communications on Capitol Hill. I moved out to Arizona for a change and met my husband who is from Los Angeles. We now have 3 boys and a girl. I started a company that facilitates communication between 10-18 year olds and their parents. I also am writing a workbook that helps teens identify their goals and how to present those goals to their parents so parents turn into partners of what the teens want. To get my mind of the stresses of life, I love watching movies and ready cheesy romance novels, like Jane Austin. I travelled to Russia when I was 17 by earning the funds and went without my parents. I caught the travel bug and love to go to adventurist places with some political stability. I'm not that crazy. I went bungee jumping in Lake Tahoe and would love for my next birthday to go hot air ballooning or go to a race driving course/excursion.

Why I am a Mormon

As I have been exposed to the principles, my heart and mind felt complete assurance. There is no denying the spirit and the beauty of feeling that spirit (assurance) is that despite all of our imperfections and emotions, we have one constant relationship with truth and God. If I could wish one thing for all mankind it would be that all have a true relationship with their Father in Heaven who is just waiting to love and guide us. With small and sincere prayer, we can unlock our unlimited potential more than just chasing the world's ways. There are many religions with good principles. The distinction for me is that I can have a heightened more committed relationship with my God through the church of Jesus Christ. I am a witness to my Savior's love. I have directly felt, understood and learned from my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that this church, it's leaders, doctrine is the most correct and is directed by the Savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Just like the effort it takes to have a healthy body, I have to put forth time and effort for a healthy spirit. This includes the commitments I have made to caring and loving others. Reading scriptures and prayer are almost magical. If you find yourself grumpy, hurt, the last thing you should do is follow those instincts. My favorite quote is "Pray when you least feel like it". Serve, love, read scriptures and prayer has healed my down times. Just keep walking/moving. I have to also say the temple is a tremendous gift. Every time I spend time and meditation at the temple, I am rejuvenated. My mind is enlightened. I should also say, my favorite scriptures are the texts that have Jesus Christ speaking himself. Some parts of Old Testament guiding the people, New Testament with His ministry and Doctrine and Covenants. So fun. You can get to know the Savior really well when you read His words.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Kathryn
I had a Quaker friend ask me why I follow someone who we felt was "blindly" following. Even though he new that I was fully educated, quite free-thinking, he still thought I was just closing my eyes and following. The prophet is in direct communication with our Savior. Along with his counselors and apostles. I have utter confidence in my personal revelation to know and confirm the prophet who is currently Thomas S. Monson, is the mouthpiece of the Savior. This is with eyes and heart fully open and confident. I'm thankful that we have men worthy and humble enough to take on such a responsibility and burden. I wouldn't want the job. The only worldly perks are some tastey meals. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Kathryn
I had friends perceive that I felt I was superior or perfect and I think the general public perceive that Mormons are snobby if we don't drink. The opposite is true. We are human and susceptible to influences like everyone. I also like to look at this law as a protection. Stay clear of anything that inhibits your mind and body. Life is already hard to make wise decisions that bring peace and clarity. Why take away your strength and clear mind when you need it the most. I also get sad to see those I love and anyone get snared by addictive substances, pornography, drugs, tobacco, caffine. Even obesity. These are dead-ends to make your self-esteem/self worth less. The only way to feel excitement and joy is to feel accomplished and serving. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Kathryn
Everyone has available to them the same opportunities. Grace is available to all. In a way it's an equal-opportunity. Each of us as individual children of God are needing to work to achieve those opportunities. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Kathryn
As a woman, I have shared in life's drama. I am proud that I have feminine distinctions and qualities that compliment the work I do as a wife, mother, business owner, and citizen. A man and woman have strengths and weaknesses. When working as partners, my husband and I are stronger. And even though I need my husband to lift certain things, I'm pretty proud I was able to carry and deliver 4 children. Three of which were natural delivery. I also have to say that I had a somewhat agressive career of 60 hour work weeks in Washington, DC before I was married. With these experiences, I felt the one place I was celebrated and treated truly as an equal was in the Mormon church. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Kathryn
The term cult is in today's terms associated with ignorant, misled group of people following a selfish or crazy person. It irritates me that there are weird groups that try to claim they are affiliated to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have also had been told there was other preachers and news affiliates giving false reports of the "Mormon" religion. Please learn for yourself. The irony is that the affiliation to "cult" is further from the truth of who Mormons are. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Kathryn
BIG no.. You tend to serve and help those you know. I want more opportunities to enjoy and find ways to help my neighbors and those that are not Mormon. Just spending time with someone will enable more ways to truly help them. As members coming together through church programs, you get to know people and find ways to serve them. I have received some amazing love and generosity from strangers, non-mormons and mormons. I'd be a fool not to share the same blessings of kindness that has been shown me. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Kathryn
When I was younger living in the Washington, DC area, I had alot of friends who were not Mormon. When I told them our church services on Sunday was 3 hours long they were tired just to hear about it. You don't really feel it's too long when you consider how the time is spent. The most important aspect of Sunday worship is partaking of the Sacrament and hearing and learning about the Gospel of Christ. Sacrament is an opportunity to renew my committment. Remind me and my Father in Heaven that I am dedicated to follow and live as a Christian. Being a day of rest is truly a blessing. Three hours with friends learning of our Heavenly Father's love is fantastic. We attend (roughly) 1 hour of Sacrament and 1 hour of Sunday School and 1 hour of additional learning. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Kathryn
As a primary president in my ward, I share in the direction and leadership of our ward. I don't feel secondary in any way. Whether you have the priesthood or not, you are still responsible to listen to the direction of the Savior. The priesthood is a tool and power that is the same power of the Savior. It allows the human authority to do work on earth, particularly perform ordinances, and bless others. As if the Savior was here in person during His ministry accounted for in the New Testament. I would use an analogy to compare the priesthood as a car. A car is an amazing tool allowing you to get you from here to there. I don't mind my husband driving and I can offer some navigation or work the radio, as long as we and our children get there. Show more Show less