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Hi I'm Kim

I grew up in Northern California. I am the mother of two incredible boys. I love family history. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My two favorite things to do in life is travel and figure out why people did things at different times in history, and be with my family. That is why I really love doing family history. Only recently have I been able to spend some time doing the traveling and studying I've always wanted to do. Most of my time over the last 2 decades has been spent raising my two sons, both of whom are miracles in my life. My husband and I spent years wanting children and finally adopted our first son. Then two years later I was able to give birth to my second son who I threatened to miscarry the whole 9 months. My oldest son deals with a lot of challenges like Asperger's and an alphabet soup of other things, so that has kept me busy, but that hasn't prevented me from doing some of the other things I love like sewing, cooking, gardening and reading. I did my undergraduate work in Liberal Arts/Theater learning to design costumes and sets. I then went on and completed my teaching credential here in California. I've taught elementary school, worked with neglected and abused children, and cooked for a restaurant. Now that my boys have graduated from high school I work part time as a sensory panelist which really means I am a professional taste tester. Trust me it sounds more glamorous than it is. I use the money I earn to travel to the places my ancestors lived so that I can really find out who they were. My picture is actually of me in Kilarney, Ireland.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was growing up I sang in the choir at an Episcopal church with my best friend. It was the first time I had ever been introduced to any kind of religion. My parents had decided that they would not influence our choices on religion so we were left to find out for ourselves what we believed. Singing in the Episcopal choir was the first time I knew there was a God. When I was in junior high school I had a person in math class dare me to go to church with her. I went and I felt something that I had never felt before, so I kept going. That was the first time I had ever been inside of a Mormon church. I soon knew that I needed to find out for myself if this is where God wanted me to be. I read the Bible and the Book of Mormon for the first time in my life. I had never been taught about Jesus Christ or Heavenly Father. Sure I had a vague idea of them from singing in the choir but somehow this was more tangible. I remember feeling really awkward the first time I prayed but eventually it got easier. The most exciting thing for me in this whole process was that I knew Heavenly Father wanted me to be baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I knew that Heavenly Father knew me personally and more importantly loved me personally with all my flaws and faults. I came to know that Jesus Christ isn't just the Savior of the World but my personal Savior as well. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ visited a young boy named Joseph Smith and restored the fullness of the gospel to the earth. The knowledge I have that Jesus Christ lives and that Heavenly Father truly knows and loves me influences everything I do from raising my sons to how I treat others to what priorities I have in my life. The gospel is everything to me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to accept and love people for who they are. I think that is what Christ did. None of us are perfect, so if Heavenly Father loves me as I am, I know I can do nothing less than love people for who they are. I have worked off and on over the last 15 years as a volunteer with the Cub Scouts. I have been working with 8-11 year old boys helping them to learn about the outdoors and our country. Serving in the capacity of Cub Master and Den Leader, I have learned how important it is to give our children values to live by and ideals to live up to. Some boys are easier to love than others but I find that when I start to look at a boy the way that Christ would, that love comes easiily. I really like how the Cub Scouts teach the boys to also serve in their community. I have participated with the boys in "Scouting for Food" which collects food for local food banks. We have also removed flags from a local cemetery after they have become tattered and torn. The boys have helped clean up local streams that lead to the ocean. Christ spent his whole ministry serving those around him. Hopefully I am helping these young boys learn to look outside of themselves and serve as Christ would.