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Hi I'm Kim Chatland

I live in Texas. I'm a working career woman, a mother of 3 and a wife of 22 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love spending time with my family. I love to bake, especially cookies, and have shared that joy with my children--my daughter is a super-cookie maker and my son can make our family's pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving. My husband has introduced the love of cooking to our family. I love weekends and holidays when we spend hours cooking together in the kitchen and talking about fun things and about things that are really important. We spend a lot of time decorating our house on a budget, as well. We have lots of fun memories of teaching the kids to paint red walls when they were just young children in elementary school. I always tell my kids that it's just as important to work together as it is to play together. We are movie enthusiasts and sci-fi television series junkies. We also love to watch our kids play soccer, we run 5ks and 1/2 marathons/marathons together as well as enjoy biking and camping--out of the Texas heat! I work full-time in the banking industry and spend many hours away from my family. My husband is a "stay at home" Dad. Our arrangement works for our family, but isn't always easy for any of us. Working 55-60 hours a week takes a lot of effort and sacrifice to be away from my kids and I am always conscious of the need to find the right balance of work, church, family and time for myself and my husband. It can be a big load to carry at times, but also rewarding.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church. But the choice to be a member of the church is mine. As I have been exposed to tough times in life, they have caused me at times to question what this life is about and if the church is really true. It is true. I have no doubt about that. As I have pondered the thought of leaving and doing something else, the alternative is not a viable one. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has woven who I am and is part of the very fiber of my being. I would not be who I am today without my testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ and of our loving Heavenly Father. I love the comfort of prayer. It allows me to pour out my heart to my Heavenly Father and he always comforts me and brings me peace. I can be completely honest in my prayers. As I strive to reconcile myself to his plan for me and my life, I find the strength to go forward and the open heart to recognize the beauty of his plan for me. My life is richer because of his plan for me than it ever would have been, had I planned it all on my own. Often in life, our prayers are not answered as we would have them answered. I have found for myself that the hard things we experience ultimately teach us good things and hard decisions are often the right ones to make. It has been through the comfort of my Heavenly Father that I have been able to overcome difficult and lonely times in my life and to understand that through trials and adversity can I also recognize and enjoy the beauty and wonders of this life. Although life doesn't always make sense, the gospel does. It gives me the sure knowledge of a loving Heavenly Father who provided a Savior, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins and who can intimately understands the suffering and heartache we inevitably face in this life. Additionally, the unconditional love they have for me, provides the greatest opportunity for peace and happiness in my family and in my life. I love them both.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to serve in several different capacities in the church. I have been a teacher of women in the Relief Society, a Relief Society President and Counselor, as well as a Visiting Teacher. I have also spent a lot of time serving in the Primary and teaching children of various ages. Currently, teach the Mia Maids each Sunday.