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Hi I'm Kathy

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of 6 and a grandmother of 15, soon to be 18! Most of my adult years have been happily spent as an at-home mom, with many hours of volunteer work in church service and in the community. I love to water ski and snow ski. My favorite places to unwind from the cares of the world are the beach and the mountains! My husband and I have enjoyed travels around the world, on business conferences and with family. Highlights have been trips to Russia, China, Korea, and California (!) as we've traveled with our children following their church missions. We've had students in our home from other countries and consider some our "adopted" children. About 15 years ago, when my oldest son graduated from college, I decided it was time for me to complete my bachelor's degree! In two years I finished the 16 hours remaining, by correspondence courses. It was a milestone when I graduated, with another son and his wife, as well as our "Russian" son, all of us marching in the processional in cap and gown. My favorite time of the day when I was raising my children was story time, either at naps or at bedtime. In addition, as children grew, I saw how the gift of reading opened doors of opportunity! This motivated my earning a Master's degree that led to a teaching certificate for grades K-6 and a Reading Teacher Endorsement. In recent years, I have taught second and fourth grades, as well as reading support in neighborhood schools. Currently, I'm developing a tutoring business at home.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born into a home where parents taught and lived the precepts of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For as long as I can remember I have felt confident that I have a loving Heavenly Father. I have always felt sure He would hear my prayers. I remember praying for comfort when I was afraid, and feeling peace come to my heart, even at a very young age. I continue to pray for peace and guidance in the decisions of my life, and in times of fear or concern. One of the great blessings of being a Mormon is knowing we are led by living prophets. I trust that their counsel comes from God and is meant for our day and times. In a world of so many conflicting voices, this is of great comfort and help to me. I believe the true gospel of Jesus Christ was restored through a humble and truth-seeking young man, the Prophet Joseph Smith. He was directed by our Heavenly Father, our Savior Jesus Christ and by angels sent from God as he established the church in this dispensation. He was led through divine inspiration to translate the Book of Mormon, a record of ancient American people, left to help us in our day to know how to draw near to God and to know of the atoning sacrifice of our Savior. These are the foundational principles of my life. They mean everything to me and have been crucial to the decisions I have made throughout my life. I believe we are here on earth to learn and grow more like our Savior. That means there will be trials and adversity, but we can be led and comforted by the Holy Ghost. We have the opportunity to make and keep sacred covenants, allowing us to live again, after this life, with our families and in the presence of our Father in Heaven. Our Savior has provided a way for us to be forgiven of our sins and shortcomings and He will carry the heavy burdens required of us if we faithfully turn to Him. What comfort this sweet knowledge gives!

How I live my faith

As a Mormon, I'm part of a great community of brothers and sisters who take turns leading and serving and caring for one another. At this time, my husband and I work with a congregation of young single adults, helping support them in their worship services, social activities and service to one another and the community. In the past, I've taught Bible classes to high school students on their lunch hours. I've led women's organizations, planning spiritual lessons and enrichment activities, as well as educational conferences for groups of 50 to 1000 women. I have taught lessons and leadership principles to groups of young women. I have taught children and teachers of young children about Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father's Plan for us. The Church organization, where these activities have taken place, has been a wonderful support to me and my family. Also important are the religious activities in our home: When our children were young, we began having a family scripture study time early each morning. We read from the Book of Mormon, each family member reading a verse, and following around the circle, repeating the process until a chapter or a couple of pages are read. For the youngest children who can't read, we read a phrase and let them repeat it, completing their own verses. We conclude with a family prayer. Kneeling together in the morning and at bedtime, family prayer includes requests for each of the members of the family, individually. We pray for health, for protection, for guidance in the specific activities of the day and for responsibilities we carry. We pray over meals. Many times there have been special fasts and priesthood blessings given for a family member who was sick or had other concerns. Family Home Evening is held once a week, with family members taking turns for the prayers, lessons, activities, and refreshments. Serving in the temple regularly is a meaningful time of prayer and inspiration for the adult members of the family.