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Hi I'm Kathryn

I feel the vibrancy and goodness of life all around me because of the abiding love of my Savior.

About Me

Even though I was raised Mormon, I haven't always been on the strait and narrow path. As a youth, I was wayward and ventured down some broken roads in life. But the Savior never forgot me - He felt after me in His infinite wisdom, love, and mercy. I married my best friend and sweetheart in 2003. Unlike many other Mormons, we are not able to have children in this life. We have one angel baby - Anna - who was born and died in 2006. Thanks to our Heavenly Father and the covenants which we made in the temple when we were sealed for time and all eternity, we know that if we stay true to those covenants, that we will someday be reunited with her. My husband and I both work full-time, serve in callings in the church, and enjoy being rather boring together in the sweet peace and love of our home. The Gospel sheds forth its light, warmth, and peace in our lives and home when we are diligent in studying our scriptures and praying together. The simplicity of the doctrines are a salve to my soul - in stark contrast to the wayward years and darkness of my youth. Like every other living being on this earth, I too struggle with temptations, weaknesses, struggles, afflictions, and difficulties. On the surface it would seem that many people's lives might be uncomplicated and without challenge but, as one hymn reads - "In the quiet heart is hidden, sorrow that the eye can't see." It's the love of my Savior, though, that anchors my soul and carries me through every day, every hour.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church by my parents, along with 5 siblings. I strayed from the church in my teenage and early adult years, however, I always felt a longing deep in my heart to return. So, I sought out the help of my bishop in going through the repentance process. It was during this very difficult time that I came to better know my Savior through His atoning sacrifice. I have found that living the doctrines of His gospel is the only way for me to have peace in this life. The Savior and His atonement are what enable me to repent, improve, learn, and grow. I find strength and mercy through Him. He makes up for all that I lack. He not only bore my sins, but He also bore my grief, sorrows, weaknesses, and sicknesses. I know that by learning all I can about Him and the gospel, that I can find peace and happiness that is eternal. His perfect life and example are what I want to emulate in my own life.

How I live my faith

I treasure the Sabbath day and look forward to it each week - when I follow the commandment to keep the Sabbath day holy, I feel its sanctifying power and renewal throughout my life. It's a sacred time, to be able to put aside the things of the world and the often frenetic pace of this mortal life. I find the more I read and study the scriptures, the more I want to do it. There's a power in the scriptures that I cannot articulate adequately but know is real. I feel a quiet power and increased ability to resist temptations when I read them regularly. I especially find comfort and peace in regular personal prayer with my Heavenly Father. I admit it's sometimes hard to be diligent in praying every morning and every night - it's so easy to slip into an irregular pattern. But I know when I strive to talk to and listen to my Heavenly Father through prayer, that the demands and pressures of life are lessened and the burdens are easier to bear. I know that when I pray, my loving Heavenly Father hears me and listens to me. I really love going to the temple. Just like the scriptures and prayer, when I go to the temple more, my desire to go more grows. I find myself wanting to be there more than anywhere else, aside from my home. I feel an abiding, enduring peace in the temple. In particular, the truths that we are taught there help me to keep things in perspective - the distractions, demands, challenges, and pressures of mortality fade away when I walk in the doorway of the temple. I'm better able to focus on the eternal aspect of everything, and set aside the things that truly don't matter. There is a scripture I've heard many times throughout my life that has taken on a deeper meaning for me over the years (Matthew 11:28-30): "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."