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Hi I'm Kathy

I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, spent 4-1/2 years in the convent, and am a retired microbiologist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a gramma of 12 darling children (my grandkids call me "Monka"), I'm a mom of two boys and two girls, and I'm a wife of almost 39 years. I graduated from Brigham Young University and became a microbiologist, first in clinical microbiology, where I worked in hospitals identifying pathogens that were making people sick. And later in my career, I became a food microbiologist, testing bacterial counts in processed food and in raw materials that go into food supplements. I also love to read, swim, and play with my grandkids...and I collect nativity sets. I love to see the nativity displayed in so many different ways by various nationalities. At last count, I have about 150 sets.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Catholic and loved the Catholic Church with all my heart. I entered the convent at 15 years of age and spent the next 4-1/2 years there. Because I had entered so young, I decided to leave the convent for awhile to make sure that making vows as a nun was really what I wanted to do. After two years of living a "normal" life (learning to drive, working various places, going to college classes, dating), I decided to reenter the convent. I didn't want my religion to be just an hour on Sunday, and I missed the closeness to the Savior I felt in the convent. I met the LDS missionaries one month before I was to reenter the convent, and 3 weeks later I was baptized. I let the missionaries teach me simply because I was curious to see what mormons believe, and I told them that I was a devout Catholic and would never be converted to their religion. Now it's 44 years later...I still respect the Catholic Church for the religious foundation it gave me, but I have received so many blessings from being a mormon, and I definitely found the closeness to the Savior that I was looking for in the convent.

How I live my faith

Now that I'm retired, I enjoy making humanitarian quilts for those less fortunate. I love picking out the fabrics and putting as much love as I can into each quilt I make. I got involved with a humanitarian group in my community about six years ago, and we have made blankets, hats, booties, school kits, hygiene kits, and many more items for people in countries all over the world. Whenever a disaster strikes, I know we will get involved, and it helps develop a kinship with our brothers and sisters we will probably never meet. I also enjoy callings in the Church, particularly teaching, and enjoy interacting with people.