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Hi I'm Kendra

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Southern California but have lived most of my adult life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California, met and married my husband while I was in college and am the mother of four wonderful grown children. For most of the time my children were growing up, I was a stay-at-home mom. It was the greatest decision I could have made. When our youngest was in high school, I went to work at our local middle school where I was employed for 14 years. I've always enjoyed working with children and particularly enjoyed my time with middle schoolers. Now, I'm retired and the grandmother of 16 delightful grandchildren. Life doesn't get much better than that.

Why I am a Mormon

Although both of my parents were members of the LDS (Mormon) Church when I was born, they did not attend church with any regularity. It was not until I was nearly 12 years old that I began attending by myself. There was a feeling I got when I attended that was like coming home. . . a comfortable, warm feeling. I knew that it was where I belonged. It was not long after this time that my entire family started attending and my parents were loved back into full activity in the Church. We were able to be sealed together as an eternal family in the Los Angeles Temple in the summer of 1964. I suppose it was that particular event that had the greatest impact on me and made me want more than ever to continue to learn and grow in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have witnessed many miracles, both large and small, in my lifetime. However, it is not the big things that have made my testimony grow as much as it has been the small and simple things. I have not always made the best decisions but I know that Christ has taken upon Him all my sins, imperfections, and trials. I just need to place my trust in Him and strive to be the best person that I can be. I know that His Church has been restored in the Latter-days and I'm blessed to be a part of it.

How I live my faith

Although I'm a little shy by nature, I have taken many opportunities to "let my light shine" in the community, as well as at Church. Working in leadership capacities both in the community and in the Church have helped to alleviate that shyness to some degree. Most of my work has been with children. I've volunteered in the schools, and served in various teaching capacities within the Church. One of the greatest challenges was the three years I spent as the president of our stake (a large geographic area) women's group. One of my jobs was to preside over a yearly women's conference. Over 200 women were generally in attendance. The leadership skills I've learned as a result of my work in the Church and in the community have helped me to become a more confident person. Even though I don't always bring up my feelings about the Church in daily conversation, I am never ashamed to say that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I always hope that my actions speak louder than my words and that I never disappoint our Savior by the way I conduct myself.

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

Kendra
Mormon women are like any other women in the world. They come from many different backgrounds and circumstances. Many outside the Church think that Mormon women are somehow of lesser importance in the Church. That, however, is untrue. Men and women both have a divine but different role in the eternal scheme of things. Women are respected and held in very high esteem. Their role as wives, mothers, and nurturers is one of the greatest "callings" of women. They complement the role of men and are co-equals in every way. Just because they have a different responsibility given to them does not make them inferior. The Church also recognizes that there will be women who never marry, or who have become single for various reasons. They, too, can use their talents and God-given feminine characteristics in many capacities in the Church. As a Mormon woman, I have never felt slighted and have always felt truly blessed to be who I am. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Kendra
Mormon missionaries proselyte because we believe we have something we need to share with the world. Although many churches contain some truths, we believe that through the Prophet Joseph Smith all truths have been restored just as they were when Christ walked the earth. We have an obligation to share this great news with all the world. Show more Show less