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Hi I'm Kathleen

I'm a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a photographer, a quilter, a traveler and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 49 years old. I married very young and had two children. By the time I was 20, I was divorced with two babies and on my own. I had only a high school education. So, I went to work. And have worked very hard ever since to survive. After being baptized into the Church I remarried but was widowed after only 14 months. We had a four month old daughter together. Again on my own for another 10 years. Then two years ago, I married a wonderful LDS man with two teenagers of his own. We are a somewhat unusual family in the Church, but not in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in all Catholic schools. My family was devout and faithful. But I had lots of questions. There were so many things that didn't make sense to me. When I was 16, I would skip school and ride the city bus into town to the public library to research religions! For as long as I remember, I have always had a deep yearning to know the truth. I made many poor choices growing up. Thoughout my early adult life, I wandered down lots of dark paths that had consequenses that will stay with me always. However, I never lost that desire to find the truth. I "tried on" many different religions always, always searching. Then one day I was given a Book of Mormon. Inside there was a testimony that was written specifically for me. I knew it was really important to the person who gave it to me. At the time, I didn't have any experience or contact with any other Mormons. However, I deeply respected the person who gave it to me and thought I would read it to find out what he believed. As I began to read, my heart was so affected. I couldn't put the book down. It went with me everywhere. Before I was even finished, I was absolutely certain as to the truthfulness of the words I was reading. Finally! Everything made sense. That was just the very beginning for me. It has been 15 years now since I was baptized. I can honestly say that it was the single greatest decision in my life. My decision to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has profoundly changed my life for the better but most of all, it has changed my character. I am so grateful that one person had the courage to reach out to me and share their faith.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day in everything I do. Over time, I have come to love my scriptures and turn to them daily for answers, knowledge and comfort. Our three teenagers are very connected with their friends and participate in church activities weekly. I am a leader in our youth program and guide the young women ages 12-16 in a fun program where they strengthen their friendships and learn to apply new skills they are learning. My life today is filled with like-minded friends of all ages and backgrounds. My thirst for knowledge is continually fed in this environment and each day I am challenged to be a better wife, mother and friend.