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Hi I'm Kathy Pidd

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Mesa, Arizona. I have 5 children and 20 grandchildren. I'm married to John W. Pidd. He's the best!

About Me

I grew up in a family with 5 children and went to high school when the Beatles were new and Elvis was scaring the parents. I enjoyed writing for my school newspaper and singing in the concert choir. When I graduated from high school I went to the local community college where I met and married the father of my 5 children. My favorite part of life has been being a mother and grandmother. When my youngest child was born with Down Syndrome, I was fortunate enough to be involved with the beginning "early intervention" programs that were experimental at the time. I loved the idea that my baby of 6 wks. was already attending ASU. I learned more about mothering, child development, and unconditional love through that experience than I could have learned while obtaining a degree. After my marriage ended, I found new strength in facing the world of 'dating' and raising my teenaged children by drawing closer to my Father in Heaven and leaning on family members. After a few years, I was fortunate enough to remarry to a wonderful man who has treated my children and grandchildren like his own. I enjoy quilting, writing and researching family histories, and keeping up with my grandchildren by using the internet and texting. I learned to use the new cyber tools to connect with nieces, nephews, and old friends. I have enjoyed growing vegetables and flowers in my back yard and find that many of the things I have learned over the years have brought me joy and purpose in life.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the Mormon church and was baptised at the age of 8, I am a Mormon because I have a testimony of the gospel. My ancestors made great sacrifices to make the gospel available for me and I honor their choices. I still had to learn just what it was that I believed in, though. As a young mother, I started a serious study of The Book of Mormon. I would put my babies down for their naps and read. When it was difficult to understand the words, I would get on my knees and pray for help to understand what I was reading. Before long I was so engrossed in the reading that I looked forward to when I could read and pray some more. By the time I got to the end of the book, I felt so close to the prophets I had read about that I was looking forward to meeting them. I recieved a personal confirmation of the truth of the book and it has been a part of my soul ever since. I continue to find answers to life's problems, comfort when I am suffering, and reassurance that Jesus Christ atoned for all of us between the pages of that book. Everytime I read The Book of Mormon again, I learn something new. I testify that it is true. There are many possessions I have been happy to let go of over the years. My testimony, though, continues to be my most precious treasure. It continues to bless me and my family. Life still has challenges and can be hard. But, with the relationship I have been able to develop with the Savior, I have found that all things are possible through Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I currently am living my Faith by caring for an adult child with special needs. It takes more of my energy than it used to. I am able to go visiting teaching to other members of my ward and share my testimony with them. I also am able to discuss the teachings of our Prophet and the scriptures with other members of my ward who come to visit me each month. Some of those personal teaching moments have been very profound. I have served as a president of our youth organization, or Primary, and have taught classes to children in the same organization. I recently enjoyed serving with my Special Needs Adult daughter as a chorister to the nursery aged children in our ward. It was so fun to see my daughter teach the little ones finger plays and songs and to see the way the little children responded to the love we had for them. I have taught the women in our ward in the capacity of a class and in homemaking meetings, where we learned homemaking skills and cooking. We also learned to make beautiful things to decorate our homes and quilts. I have enjoyed being involved in serving women who needed help with their homes and families while they were sick or had a family member who was in need. I have enjoyed making meals for families who needed to be fed and working with boys in cub scouts and boy scouts. I have been involved in providing compassionate service to families who have had a death in their family. I have helped with providing meals after funerals, babysitting children while parents made arrangements, and watching homes while the families were at the funerals. I have been able to use my writing experience to publish ward newsletters and to help people who are beginning to research their own family histories. I have enjoyed using my experience as a member of the Mormon church to serve people in the community and have found that the experiences in church have given me confidence in the things I do in the community.