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Hi I'm Kathy

I'm a wife, mother, and grandmother. I'm a teacher at my local high school. I love waking up every morning. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an active middle-aged woman. I love to hike and camp in the mountains near my home. Every summer my husband and I drive to a lake in the mountains, where we paddle to our campsite in our canoe. Twenty years ago, when the youngest of my five children was in preschool, I started taking college classes. After five years, I had earned my teaching license, and I now teach English literature and writing. My husband and I have a large blended family. We have five children from my first marriage, three children from his first marriage, and another child who we adopted. Our nine children are now all grown up with families of their own, and they are scattered across the United States. We miss them being so far away, but we are grateful for modern technology that helps us stay in touch. One of my favorite things to do is wake up in the morning. I love being here on the good planet Earth! What a joy it is to share my day with my family, my students, and my colleagues. Some of my students are discouraged about trying to write their stories. I love to help them see that their stories are important and meaningful, even when they have difficulty with spelling or punctuation. Every person matters, and I love working in a job where I can share that message every day.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized on my 18th birthday because I had read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it was true. What came as an answer wasn't something dramatic, like a bolt of lightening, but a quiet and calm assurance that this was God's true message to the earth. That peaceful confirmation has stayed with me for the almost-40 years I have been a Mormon. Over the years my beginning testimony of those gospel truths has grown into a faith that sustains me every day. I still remember the first time I walked into a Mormon church meeting. I was so surprised to see all of the children! In the church I had occasionally attended with my parents, little children were sent to a nursery during the chapel worship meeting. I loved having the children in church with their families, and I felt then that this church might be the place I would want to raise my own future family. Recently my own family has been going through some challenges. There are times when it is difficult for me to see how some problems may be resolved. My faith in Jesus Christ and his gospel gives me comfort and assurance that God knows each of us and that we are all a part of His plan. Being a Mormon helps me through difficult trials, as well as through the happy and peaceful times.

How I live my faith

After our weekly church service, I serve in the church nursery during Sunday School time. I teach children 18 months to two years old about Jesus Christ and His teachings. Our lessons are on topics like, "I can share," and "I can pray with my family." Although the children do have play time, my assistant and I are not "baby sitting." We are actively teaching Christ's gospel to these little ones. I am honored to be their first teacher, and to help them learn that they matter in the church, that they have a place especially for them, where they can be safe and learn about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Over the years I have served in many different church capacities. I have lead hymns, taught Sunday School to youth and adults, lead groups of Cub Scouts and 11-year-old Boy Scouts, helped with the annual Young Women's Camp, led our women's organization, and so many other things. My church service has been an education all in itself! No matter what assignment I have, I always serve as a visiting teacher. Every month I visit four different sisters. Of course we get to share a gospel message, but the main thing is just to be friends! I love visiting teaching, and the opportunity to connect with my sisters in the gospel.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Kathy
When our sons served missions, they paid for the mission expenses themselves, with some help from us. Mormon missionaries often save funds all through adolescence to prepare for their mission service. Our sons worked after high school to save additional money for their missions. When they received their mission calls, my husband and I worked out our budget to provide the additional funds they still needed. We were so blessed! Home and car repairs seemed to be unneeded during the time our sons served, and additional opportunities to earn extra money came our way during those years, too. Our family was truly blessed to be able to send three sons on full time missions to share the gospel in Arizona, Guatemala, and Brazil. Show more Show less