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Hi I'm Kim

I'm a mother of five beautiful children. I'm a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of five children. Sometimes I say that I grow people for a living. Other days I say I'm a Professional Diaper Changer. I'm definitely an expert in that arena. I didn't always love being a stay-at-home mom. It was a hard adjustment. Some days it's a lot of hard, boring work. Some days the kids cry about their cup being the wrong color and their vegetables not being chocolate. I missed being a student, and I missed spending my days learning and growing and being around big people. I learned that I could be a mom and a person, too. I went back to school and finished my degree. My husband was a great support at that time, watching the kids while he finished his dissertation for his PhD. I came back to being a full-time stay-at-home mom renewed. Being a mom is still hard work, but I've learned to cherish this time of babies and toddlers and big kids. I learn and grown in new ways, and I love spending time with my little people. We get through the fits and messes together, and I try to take time to be grateful for the countless ways these children bless my life. My husband is still a great support, and he continues to help me make time for myself. I love exercising, and reading and spending time with friends. I write poetry and picture books and novels. I participate in the writing community, going to writers' groups and writers' conferences. I like to make time for serving others. I feel that when I take care of myself, I have a lot more to give to my family.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a small child, I believed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true because I knew my parents and my teachers knew it was true, and I trusted them completely. When I was about 11 years old, I questioned that faith and wanted to know for myself if the Church is true. I prayed fervently for weeks. I remember feeling concerned that I didn't receive an immediate, easy answer. Then one night, an event occurred in my family that frightened me. I turned to my Heavenly Father in prayer, and my whole body felt flooded with His love and peace. I knew He was real and that He heard my prayers. I knew He cared intimately about me and my family. And I knew that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His true church here on this earth. Since that day, I have continued to feel His love and His presence in my life. He hears and answers my prayers. He enlightens and inspires my mind, guiding me through the Holy Spirit, the scriptures, and His prophets here on the earth. I need His love and guidance. He brings me great peace, love, joy, and strength. I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ. I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe that living the truths I learn in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the surest way to find happiness and peace in this life, and joy in the next.

How I live my faith

I try to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. I try to follow His example, and teach my children to do the same. I try every day to be a little more like Him. Sometimes that means forgiving someone who hurt me, or trying to be more patient, more full of love. I try to show that love through service. I love serving my neighbors, taking meals to families who are sick, or moving, or who've had a new baby. Sometimes I babysit, or help with yard work. Whatever is needed. A lot of those service opportunities come from the women's organization of the Church. As a member of the church, I accept callings to take a turn getting a certain job done. One of my callings right now is to help plan weekday meetings of the women's organization. I help plan our book club and any other activity I think would bless my neighbors. We have service projects together, putting together kits for the Church's humanitarian aid program. We learn new skills together. We share our talents and teach each other things like gardening, healthy cooking, and crafts. We talk about being better parents, grandparents, and wives. We take care of each other. Family is very important to me. I take time every day to nurture my relationships with my husband, my children, my parents, and siblings. My husband and I have a date every week, and try to make time to talk and hang out every day. He is my best friend. We have at least one family night a week when we sit with the children and teach them about Jesus and His gospel, and then we play together. We have so much fun together that we usually spend several evenings a week playing together as a family. We like to travel to visit my parents and siblings. When we can't travel, we keep in touch through the phone and internet. I'm grateful to know that these family relationships that bring me so much joy can last for eternity. That knowledge brings me a lot of peace.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

I believe that we lived as spirits with our Father in Heaven before we were born and received a body here on this earth. I believe that death, the end of this mortal life, is not the end of our existence. Our spirit cannot end with death, just as it did not begin with birth. Jesus Christ has provided for each of us the chance to be resurrected, for our spirits to receive a more perfect, immortal body after death. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

We do not practice polygamy. Any member of our church who entered into a polygamous relationship today would be excommunicated. Show more Show less

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

Mormon women are as different and varied as the women in any other organization, if not more so, because our women's organization is the largest in the world. Married, widowed, divorced, single, young, old, women of all races and backgrounds, women who pursue careers, and women who work in the home, women of every talent and interest. You can find them all in our church. We each have different strengths and weaknesses, different talents and interests, but we have our faith and our desire to become like Jesus Christ in common. We believe that men and women are equal, equally important to our Heavenly Father, and equally important in every other way. We are not the same. Gender is an essential characteristic of our identity. But neither men nor women are more important than the other. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

We don't have a paid clergy because we take turns doing the work that it takes to run a congregation, teaching the children and youth, speaking in meetings, serving in leadership positions, planning parties and activities. We receive and accept callings to serve and see them as opportunities to learn and grow and help each other. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

I know that Jesus Christ calls the prophet to lead His church. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

I know that God hears and answers our prayers. He wants us to ask Him to teach us what is true. If we ask with a sincere desire to know the truth, and with real intent to act according to the answer we receive, to make our choices based on that knowledge, He will answer us. I hear Him best when I pray and make time for quiet reflection to listen for His answer. I feel God's answers through a warm feeling in my heart, a sense of peace and happiness. It feels like light. He also speaks to my mind and my heart, quiet words of answer or inspiration. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

I know with all my heart that a husband and wife can be together forever. I know that we can be with our children forever. I know that that is part of God's plan for us. This is true. Show more Show less