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Hi I'm Kathy

I grew up as a military brat all over the US, and Japan. I am a teacher. I am an engineer. I am a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a very versatile background because of growing up all over the US and in Japan on military bases. Those experiences were invaluable for shaping who I am. I have 2 undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemisty. I have 1 masters degree is Secondary Science Education. While my husband finished his PhD I taught High School Chemistry and Physics. We moved far away from our families for my husband's job. We are so glad that we did that, because we have met the most wonderful people. It is tough being away from family, but worth it for the growth in our immediate family. This works for us, because we are both very independent people. I love to read. I love to do things outside like hiking and camping. And I love to spend time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, so I always was the kid that knew the church was true. I was the first kid up on fast and testimony meeting every month to bear my testimony starting around 5 years old. I stayed strong in the church throughout my childhood for two reasons: 1 because that was what I was supposed to do, and 2 I really did think the church was good and true. Everyone has to be converted to the gospel though, and make that choice for themselves; even life long members. This occurred when I went to college. I did not go to any of the church schools and so the standards that were expected when I was a freshman were more lax than they would be at a church school. It was that year, my freshman year of college, that I truly was converted to the church. I never missed a Sunday, but for a majority of the year I just went through the motions of going to church, since that was what I was supposed to do. That went on, until one day I realized that I really wanted to be there because the church was true. There was no vision from heaven or anything. It just slowly clicked that the church was true after going through the motions for so long. I am grateful for that testimony I slowly gained that year. My testimony in the church was further strengthen when I met my husband, a devout Methodist. We dated for over 2 years, and it was a trial to know what I should do. I had always been told that I should get married in the temple the first time...which I believe even to this day...BUT the spirit told me otherwise. We got married and then 1.5 years later a very inspired bishop told my husband that he was impressed to release him from the assistant scout master calling he had and call him to be executive secretary (which you have to hold the Melchizedek priesthood). My husband joined the church 1 month later, and 1 year later we were sealed. I would not have it any other way, and it strengthened my testimony of listening to personal revelation in my life.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by just living the way I know is right. I have a large variety of friends that are both members of the church, and not members of the church, and I want to just be who I am no matter what. I don't push the gospel on anyone, I just live in such a way that I hope they can see I am following Christ. It helps that I grew up in so many different places with so many different people of different faiths. I am not uncomfortable around people that have different beliefs or standards than me, and I do not feel like I have to preach to them. I just be myself. I have found that my true friends in and outside of the church will stand up for me more than I even realize. I try to help those around me especially if they are having a difficult time. Our church congregation is really good about supporting each other while in need, so I am really grateful I can be a part of that support group.