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Hi I'm Kathy.

I'm a mom, reading specialist, photographer, and prom dress collector. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married to my best friend from high school. We grew up in Dallas. We've been dating for over 30 years. We have 5 kids. We've lived in 10 cities. I love spending time with my family. I like to run. I help kids with dyslexia, which means trouble with the written language--reading, writing, and spelling. I'm a photographer. Photography has been an amazing avenue for service. I've covered political events, education rallies, community work days, and school events. I've taught photography classes in the community, and have a photo sharing site where members share their latest work. It's been fun watching class members develop and use their talents to further serve in the community. I collect prom dresses from Goodwill, garage sales, and donations for a modest prom dress boutique. Volunteers help with alterations to make the dresses modest. Girls check them out, library style. It currently has over 200 dresses!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "Mormon" is a nickname that has become a popular way to refer to members of this church. I'm a Mormon because I continually study and learn about my Savior, Jesus Christ, and I've found that His teachings are clearer and easier to follow when I combine the things I learn about him in the Bible with the added teachings of the Book of Mormon. If you're interested in my personal history of becoming a Mormon, I'll share that part here. My mom grew up Baptist. My dad was Christian, but didn't attend church regularly. He met a Mormon when he was serving in the Korean War. This friend gave him a Book of Mormon, which he mailed home to his fiance', my mom. When they were newly weds, missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knocked at their door. My mom was determined to prove them wrong. After several months of this, she started reading the Book of Mormon and she felt in her heart that this book and what the missionaries were teaching her was true. They were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was born into the Mormon faith. But when I was 13, I wanted to know for myself if the Book of Mormon was true. I read the book with the goal of finding out for myself. When I read about Jesus coming and ministering to the children in the Americas, I felt a warm, re-assuring feeling that what I was reading really happened. I could feel the love of my Savior. From that point on, I knew for myself. If this book was true, then Joseph Smith was a true prophet, the Lord's original Church had been restored in its fullness, with priesthood authority from God, and we again had a living prophet on the earth to lead and guide His church. Jesus Christ is my Savior. He is the head of His church that bears his name: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That's why I'm a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

My dad said, "You're wasting YOUR time and you're wasting the Lord's time if you don't do something every day to serve someone else." I try to live so that others can know my faith by my actions. I try to be watchful for needs and offer assistance without being asked. Since I've moved a lot, I know how to help others that are moving in or moving out. I've been able to use my photography skills to serve others. As a family, we enjoy participating in community work days. At church, I work with a committee that plans events for youth in the Indianapolis area. We plan monthly dances for youth ages 14-18. We plan large group service projects, a summer girls camp, and a summer weekend retreat. This committee is made up of teenagers from multiple congregations. We mentor them as leaders. It is inspiring to watch them plan and lead these activities. I love providing a wholesome environment for teenagers to socialize in.