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Hi I'm Kaye

I'm a woman who believes in the power of prayer. I raised six children, enjoy 16 grandchildren, I teach English, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I were married in 1978. It was no sacrifice to give up my education to support my husband through school. I know that notion may seem strange, but somehow I knew that if he was successful, WE would be successful at providing for the needs of our future family. When our first baby arrived, we still had several years of schooling ahead. He worked nights and created an indoor plant care business so I could quit work to stay home with our baby who was born with club feet, requiring surgeries and medical care. We were so poor, and so happy. How does that work? We knew we had each other. I remember after my husband tore his ACL playing basketball, we found a package on our doorstep. The letter read: “Seek first the kingdom of God and all things will be added unto you.” The package contained two crisp twenty dollar bills that made it possible for us to travel home for Christmas; We both wept like babies when we opened it. From those humble beginnings, tremendous blessings have come. My husband eventually graduated with a masters degree in Plant Science. When he secured a position as a horticulture teacher, I learned that spouses were given free tuition. Although we had six children at the time, I decided to just take one class a semester. With the help of supportive children who quizzed me before exams, I finally graduated nearly 15 years later. It was a fabulous blessing to stand with my cap and gown beside our oldest daughter -a major achievement.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith is grounded in the hope of Christ's atoning sacrifice. Without it, I am nothing. I know that He suffered body and soul for me, and as I accept His offering, I am forgiven. As I apply His atoning blood, His redeeming love encircles me. I feel His great power, and it is available to all. I know that God is no respecter of persons; in other words, He invites everyone to repent and do better. He invites, He encourages, He stands at the door and knocks, but we must let Him in. I have recently been visiting a young man in prison. I didn't know him until he wrote a letter expressing a need for someone to be his friend. Each week I talk to him on a sticky phone through a dingy glass window. As this man learns more about His Savior's love, he secures a freedom that many of his inmates do not share. Indeed, "the truth shall make us free." The words of the Prophet Joseph Smith cited on the introduction page of the Book of Mormon have always resonated with me: “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” I'm a Mormon because the teachings of this faith detail the power of deliverance and teach the pure doctrine of Christ; living this gospel brings personal peace in this life, and eternal joy in the world to come. When I think of the bondage of sin or addictions, I find great strength and power in the Holy Scriptures. I'm a Mormon because I believe that the Book of Mormon is a sacred true record. We can be delivered from wickedness and sorrow as we turn to the teachings of this great book. I testify if you read the book with real intent, it will change your heart; you will know it is true for yourself, and you will begin to live a more Christlike existence.

How I live my faith

Good things have come into my life because of the decision I made to marry a fine young man who was devoted to God and his family. I have been blessed with three boys and three girls who carry on the legacy of family. In October I will have 17 grand children and I feel rich. I talk to other women who are often seeking some outside source to fill the void. I have traveled to China, I have walked the streets of Jerusalem, I have taught classes in Belize and Mexico, in London and Paris; but it all pales in comparison to the joy I feel when I watch my daughter sew a baby quilt for her sister, or listen to a new recording that my sons have collaborated on. Is there really anything better than motherhood? All of my children have married precious people who I think should have been my children, but came through other dear mothers. I serve as a President in our Women's organization in the Church. As sisters, we are inseparably connected with the Priesthood. Our late prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley once said: "There is a strength and great capacity in the women of this Church. There is a leadership, direction, a certain spirit of independence, and yet great satisfaction in being a part of this, the Lord's kingdom, and of working hand in hand with the priesthood to move it forward." Perhaps my story seems a fairy tale, and I have had no trials compared to others. But I think that every good thing that happens is based upon good choices. The abundance of family and friends is a gift, and I count myself truly blessed. I believe that there are more women out there who are satisfied and happy than the talk shows ever promote. Maybe it is not newsworthy. But I want to shout it to the world: “My life is good and I am content!” My faith is the reason for this contentment.