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Hi I'm Kathy

I'm a wife, gardener and genealogist. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but I am called a 'Mormon'.

About Me

I am a full time wife with a part time job. Having no children of our own, we hold happy babies and feed missionaries. I like to snoop in my ancestors’ lives and meet newly discovered cousins. My garden is my psychologist where I take out my frustrations on the weeds and talk to the Lord. Mom raised my brothers and myself in the church but my father and the rest of family had nothing to do with it. We were part of a strong and close church group in a town where Mormons weren’t liked. Being caught between two worlds I thought: ‘I know that the members believe the church is true but is what they believe really true?’ I felt it was true, but I needed more than feelings to be sure so I began to search. When I started, I knew I might find the church to be false but I continued on for if I didn’t I would either be practicing fallacies or be unsure of its truthfulness the rest of my life. That was 45 years ago. Today I Know not just believe that it is true.

Why I am a Mormon

In searching for truth, I found Matthew 18:16, 1 Corinthians 13:1, and Hebrews 2:4 telling us to look for multiple witnesses. I found the witnesses but still doubted until I realized I had SO many witnesses confirming its truth it had to be true. My doubts vanished and I knew I had the truth. Since I am sure this church is true, it’s been easy to ignore anti-Mormon arguments. Occasionally I'll check to see if they have multiple witnesses - they don’t. However, I’m not disciplined enough to remain active in the church just because it's true. I've remained active because I like the spirit, the people, the opportunity to learn and serve and the joy it gives me. My belief and church are my strength and my councilor. I don’t see how anyone survives without it. Having multiple witnesses I know: Jesus lived, died and was physically resurrected and lives and guides us today. The 2 witnesses Bible and Book of Mormon civilizations testify they saw Him AFTER His resurrection. I know the Book of Mormon is true because of the witnesses I've have and its teachings are consistent with the Bible. Modern knowledge is now proving its claims are true but when the book was published nothing was known about them. That to me is another witness of Joseph Smith's calling as a true prophet of God. I know Christ continues to call prophets to lead His people. Joseph Smith was the first in our time and President Monson is His current prophet. The Bible tells us that miracles are a proof to the people a man is truly a Prophet of God (John 3:2) so they wouldn't be mislead by false prophets. The Book of Mormon is one of the witnesses of Joseph Smith’s divine calling. You can know it too. Start by asking the Lord to help you find your own witnesses. Then ask questions, and study the scriptures looking for your answers. I've spent 45 years doing just that. Its been fun and full of AHAH and WOW moments. I recommend it highly to anybody.

How I live my faith

As members we are asked to serve from a single hour of service to time-consuming leadership positions. I’ve served when and where asked whether it be cleaning the church, teacher or leader. But my membership goes beyond the church doors. I love studying the scriptures for they entertain, challenge, teach and strengthen me. I try to keep the scripture precepts ie: belief and faith in Jesus Christ, prayer, gratitude, 10 commandments as well as loving and serving God and others etc. Being very human sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don’t. I am very grateful for Christ’s atonement on our behalf for without it I wouldn't have a chance. I began to research my family history so I could do my ancestors temple work but in doing it I gained a self worth I didn't have when I started. Along the way I've also met a lot of great cousins I didn't know existed. Now I look not only for the names dates and locations but for stories and pictures etc and my living cousins. That's something I keep learning about the Lord. When you obey a principle or commandment He in turn blesses and teaches you in ways you could never imagine when you begin doing it

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Kathy
In 1776 the Declaration of Independence declared all men to be equal. However in 1830 when the Book of Mormon was published and the church established women and people of color still had no legal rights. The Book of Mormon declared 'Behold, the Lord esteemeth all flesh in one... (1 Ne 17:35) and '..black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile' (2 Nephi 26:33). Joseph taught and lived this. He authorized the Church's women's organization The 'Relief Society'. When the church moved outside the U.S. borders, they created the State of Deseret with their own constitution which gave ALL adults the right to vote. The State of Deseret was later divided into US states. When the Woman's right to vote began in 1913, women had the right to vote in 4 states: Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado and Utah.- all part of the original State of Deseret with their large Mormon populations. The Relief Society actively supported the Sufferage movement. The church has always encouraged women to develop their skills and education. The Relief Society sent and paid the schooling for one of the first women at Medical School. Nothing has changed. Motherhood is emphasized because it can be a woman's greatest role - for children are our future. It can also be a woman's greatest joy. Jobs, looks, accomplishments etc will fade or be forgotten, but a loving close family won't, And thanks to grandchildren it will continue to expand. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Kathy
I don't how you define 'Christian' but we certainly believe in Jesus Christ. Our church's real name is the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints. Our statement of beliefs declare #1 We believe in God, the Eternal Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.. #3 We believe through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. #8 We believe the Bible (we use King James) to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we ALSO believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. (http://lds.org/scriptures/pgp/a-of-f/1.8?lang=eng#7 The Book of Mormon's title page says it is for '...the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God...' 2 Nephi 29: 7 says '...Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men... yea, even upon all the nations of the earth? 8... Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God...when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also. (http://lds.org/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/29.7?lang=eng#6) Thanks to the Bible & Book of Mormon I am sure that Jesus is the one and only true and living God of the earth. Jesus's life, death and resurrection are true not just a culturally taught fable like 'Santa Claus.' As a 'Mormon Christian' I am sure Jesus was resurrected, that He still lives and directs us today through prophets. You can know it too. Check us out. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Kathy
The Book of Mormon has many authors within its pages, each with their own a distinct writing style. So to really understand the book you need study each writer individually. The book starts with Nephi’s spiritual diary in 600 BC and is passed down to the Words of Mormon (about 130 BC). All are written in first person. Each book is named after its author except Omni which contains multiple authors. Nephi is easy to read except the Isaiah chapters he includes. For now - just read through them. In 385 AD Mormon picked up where Omni left off. He is easy to read but the structure gets difficult. Mormon writes in 3rd person but he often inserts other authors' writings which are in first person. I always watch the prepositions I, we, he, they to keep me straight. Mormon will also switch from the story he's telling to talk directly to the reader. He died before completing the book and his son Moroni finished it. He wrote the Book of Ether and Book of Moroni. He too often writes directly to the reader - I think they are my favorite parts, The Bible says 'by the mouth of 2 or more witnesses all truth is established'. Nephi, Jacob, and Mormon all testify to the truth of this book. Moroni in Moroni 10:4-5 promises that God will give you (the reader) a spiritual witness of its truth if you will read it and ask God for one. I got my testimony, you can too. Read it. Free copies are available in many languages at this website.. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Kathy
Jesus Christ founded this church through His servant and prophet Joseph Smith. D&C 1:17 Wherefore, I the Lord, knowing the calamity which should come upon the inhabitants of the earth, called upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and spake unto him from heaven, and gave him commandments; 24 Behold, I am God and have spoken it; these commandments are of me, and were given unto my servants in their weakness, after the manner of their language, that they might come to understanding. 30 And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of darkness, the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased, speaking unto the church collectively and not individually— 38 What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same. 39 For behold, and lo, the Lord is God, and the Spirit beareth record, and the record is true, and the truth abideth forever and ever. Amen. (to see in entirety see: http://lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/1?lang=eng) What's more the Lord continues to be the one directing this church through a living prophet. It's why the church has survived and continues to grow in spite of severe persecution. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Kathy
Yes we regard the Bible (we use King James Version) as Holy Scripture. Our declaration of beliefs states: Article of Faith 8 We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. 9 We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. The Book of Mormon says '...The 'Bible' that thou beholdest is a record of the Jews, which contains the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel; and it also containeth many of the prophecies of the holy prophets...they contain the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel; wherefore, they are of great worth... I Ne 13:23 The Book of Mormon does not replace nor overshadow the Bible. Each individual witness is of equal in importance. Just as standing on 2 legs is solider than standing on one having 2 witnesses of Jesus Gives ma a firmer testimony that Christ is indeed the true God of this earth. I invite you to read the Book of Mormon, especially its teachings of Christ and Christ's visit to the Americas after His resurrection. yes the Nephite history is different from the Jews but their God and doctrine are the same. Check it out at: http://lds.org/scriptures?lang=eng"http://lds.org/scriptures?lang=eng/a./span. or contact the missionaries. I know It is true, You can know it too. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Kathy
The practice of paying tithes was mentioned as early as Deuteronomy 26:12 'When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase...' and it continues throughout both the Old and New Testaments. Tithing has always been the Lord's way to finance His church and help His people. Since God is unchanging it will always be the way He'll do it. So in the true church tithing will be practiced. Tithing has been a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints since 1831. Doctrine and Covenants 64:23 records: Behold, now it is called today until the coming of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of my people; for he that is tithed shall not be burned at his coming. (http://lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/64.23?lang=eng#22) The purpose of tithing is more than giving a few dollars. In D&C 29:34 the Lord says: Wherefore, verily I say unto you that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal; neither any man, nor the children of men; neither Adam, your father, whom I created.' To pay tithing requires faith. Malachi 3:8-10 says tithe payers receive blessings '..the Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour down blessings that there will not be room enough to receive them thus increasing the faith of those who are obedient. What you pay is between you and your Bishop and the Lord. The Lord sees and will bless you. Do it, see for yourself.. Show more Show less