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Hi I'm Kathy

I am a wife, a mother, and work in higher education. I love music, books, lifelong learning, family history, and photography.

About Me

I have been a Mormon since I was ten years old. Before that, I attended the Baptist church in my Tennessee hometown and have great memories of vacation bible school and their old wonderful, traditional hymns. When I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with my family, a whole new world of spiritual understanding, wonderful friends, and experiences opened up to me. I am the wife of the world’s most devoted husband (Tim) and mother of three terrific young adults (1 of mine and 2 of my husband’s). I work outside (and inside!) the home and have been employed at the local university for the past 30 years. My husband and I (and three cats) are now empty nesters. My passion is reading but I also enjoy making homemade vegetable soup and bread, cleaning my house (seriously!), scrapbooking, playing old hymns on the piano, walking trails/riding bikes with my hubby. I also spend a lot of time learning about brain disorders and chemical imbalances as two generations of my family have been challenged with mental illnesses.

Why I am a Mormon

Without a doubt, this restored gospel shines a perspective on my life that has been essential in navigating ‘troubled waters.’ I have vital answers to life’s questions – where did I come from – why am I here – and where am I going. Through my membership over the years, a relationship has grown up between me and my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that gives me comfort for the present and faith in the future. Being a Mormon is not a Sunday activity but a way of life that I try to live every day, seven days a week. Through my observance of Christ’s teachings, I know without a doubt that the joy in my life is greatly magnified and my desire to serve others is a natural outgrowth of the love and blessings He has given me. I have felt too many times to count, the warm assurance that a principle or an action was good or true. I have tested the scripture “by their fruits ye shall know them” and have found that the fruit of this church in my life, in these latter days, has been sweet beyond words.

How I live my faith

Since I was a youth, I’ve been given opportunities to work in the Children’s programs, in the Youth programs, and in the women’s Relief Society organization. Mormon congregations have not paid ministry and all service is rendered by a “lay” (volunteer) ministry. I have developed my character, talents, and many friendships through service within the church and it's community connections. Being a Mormon means I have always been involved and connected – no matter where I’ve lived, there was a ready, warm, and welcoming congregation. That is one of the remarkable aspects of this church: every congregation throughout the entire world is organized in the same manner and teaches the same doctrines. Quite unique to the church’s organization which is a worldwide sisterhood called “the Relief Society” which has a three fold mission: 1) increase in personal righteousness, 2) strengthen home and family, 3) seek out and serve others in need. Making meals for others, watching children, visiting and laughing, learning homemaking skills, organizing literacy efforts – I absolutely love the work of our local women’s organization whether it is organizing a community service project or producing a musical based on one of the Savior's New Testament parables. I love to attend the church’s temples to worship and learn of the Lord’s plan of salvation and happiness . I feel such a spirit of peace and light when I am in the temple; it truly feels like a Holy House of the Lord. Because of the incredible visual beauty and spiritual impact of the temples, this scripture always comes to mind: “Let not your hearts be troubled for in my Father’s house are many mansions, and I have prepared a place for you; and where my Father and I am, there ye shall be also. This reminds me to be of good cheer because the best is yet to come!