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Hi I'm Kathy

I am a Special Education teacher. I love teaching, my family, and my Savior and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired teacher. When I was growing up, I loved hanging out with my cousins. One of my cousins had Downs Syndrome and I decided when I was very young that I wanted to be a teacher. I became a Special Education teacher and I taught elementary school children for 23 years. I married my high school sweetheart and we have been married for 42 years. Before I became a teacher I had the privilege to stay at home with our four sons. I wanted to be home with them while they were young. I did not want to leave them with someone else to raise them. When my youngest son was in the 4th grade I started my teaching career. It was not always easy to be a teacher with four active sons at home. My four sons are all grown and married and four beautiful daughters-in-law have joined our family as well as 12 wonderful grandchildren. Together as a family, we continually strive to live the teachings of the Savior and the plan of happiness He has given us. I retired 2 years ago from teaching, and my husband and I have been called to be Humanitarian missionaries in the Dominican Republic.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were staunch Methodists. We went to church every Sunday, but when I turned 16, I asked my father if I could attend other churches to find out for myself which church I wanted to join. He agreed. I attended the Unitarian Church for a while and then I was invited by a friend at work to attend the Baptist Church. I began to read the Bible and understand the teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I had been attending the Baptist church for awhile when one night I invited a Mormon friend to attend a Bible study group at my Baptist friend's home. All of my new Baptist friends attacked my friend for his beliefs. As we were leaving I asked my friend if he still felt so strongly about his own faith. He responded, "Yes, more than ever!" It made a great impression on me and I began investigating the Mormon faith. I asked to borrow a Book of Mormon. I had heard many things about the Mormons and their "Book of Mormon", but as I began to read it, I knew it was true. The Spirit testified to me, that it contained the word of God and His truth. I began to take the missionary discussions and pray earnestly for a testimony of the teachings of the Gospel. The answer came as a still small voice in my mind and peace in my heart. I knew the Book of Mormon was the word of God and the Church was true. The gospel works wonderfully for me! It is not easy, but it is always worth it!

How I live my faith

I joined the Church when I was 18 years old. I didn't always understand the ways of the members of the Church, but I knew the Church was true, so I continued to attend every Sunday. My life changed in many ways, all for the better. My parents didn't understand the reasons I decided to join this Church, but they supported me in my decision. That was over 40 years ago and I am grateful that I joined the church when I did because I was able to raise our sons in the gospel. I am so thankful for the teachings in the Book of Mormon of the plan of happiness, our Heavenly Father has for each of His children. I am thankful for the teachings of Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon that have made Him real to me and have helped me to draw nearer to Him. As I have served in this Church I have grown to know Him personally. I have learned to love His commandments because as I strive to obey them each day I am becoming more like Him. Prayer has been a great strength to me as I have sought for answers to help me and to bless the lives of my family and those I associate with. Because of our love for the Savior we are anxious to serve the people in the Dominican Republican to teach them to be self-reliant, to relieve their suffering, and to love them as the Savior does.