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Hi I'm Kathy Rose

I'm a mother of six, grandmother of four, and PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Cedar City, Utah, amid the beautiful mountain passes and red rock desert landscapes my ancestors settled. I achieved a BA in English and moved to northern Utah to teach junior high math and English, where I met my husband (my best friend). Lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom while we raised our children, we had great times camping, cooking, skiing, gardening, and raising a variety of animals. My husband's career took us to the Midwest, where we found great people and wonderful adventures first in St. Louis, Missouri, and now in Iowa, where we have one daughter left at home. We enjoy Skyping with our children on Sunday evenings and playing games with them whenever we get together. I've always had a goal to return to school to earn a PhD in English and found this an ideal season to do that. It's a program that stretches me to my limits, but one that I enjoy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because this church is where I see and feel God's power on this earth. Its truths feel right, give me understanding of who I am and why I'm here, and enable me to raise my family the way God wants me to. We have a prophet who talks with God and leads us like prophets of old led the children of Israel. It only makes sense that our Lord would love us and want to help us as much as He loved and helped them. We have twelve apostles called to represent Jesus Christ to the world, just as the twelve apostles did in the church He established when He lived on this earth. Not only that, we all have the opportunity to receive personal revelation for ourselves, and that's how I've been able to know this church is true and also make important decisions in my life . I know that my Father in Heaven loves me and answers my prayers. The Savior Jesus Christ is real and will carry my burdens if I turn them over to Him. His atonement makes it possible for me to be forgiven of my sins, after all I can do to overcome them myself. With His help I can accomplish all things. I also treasure the relationship I have with the Holy Ghost, who comforts me, inspires me, and guides me. My life has purpose and I have strength and support as a parent because of the truthfulness of this church and the helpfulness of its programs. I have spent my life studying it, and I love it.

How I live my faith

Prayer, scripture study, and church attendance are wonderful ways in which to draw close to the Lord, develop spiritual strength, and live up to the potential I have as a daughter of God. But there is more to worship and spiritual growth than these three things. The Lord wants us to be His hands to bless his children. Serving other people in the community and in church positions allows for spiritual growth that can come in no other way. I've been active politically in my community and have put in many volunteer hours for organizations like Parent Teacher Organizations and even the 2002 Winter Olympics. I have had many opportunities in my life to teach Gospel truths and serve the people around me in leadership positions over various age groups, and these opportunities have refined me as well as help them. I've had a chance to stretch myself and learn how to put other people first; I have felt the Lord's influence in how I serve and in what I say, allowing me to be so much more with His help than I could possibly be without Him in my life. Currently I am a nursery leader on Sundays for children 18 months to two years old. What a delight it is to work with these sweet little spirits so fresh from their Heavenly Father's presence. They can absorb much more at this age than most people give them credit for. I also have the opportunity with a partner to visit several of my sisters every month to give them a Gospel message, offer a helping hand with their challenges, and lend a listening ear.