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Hi I'm Kim

I was born in Atlanta, Georgia. When my children were raised I went to school and got a BA in English. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was a stay home Mother and homemaker. Learning new things has always been a passion. When my last child left home, I was 50 years old and a grandmother, but I went back to school. It was a great decision! I spent the next 4 years at the community college and then our state university. I loved improving my mind, learning about literature and writing. I loved associating with young people. Now that I have my degree, I do volunteer work for Family Services. Sometimes I tutor neighborhood children. My husband and I facilitate an Addiction Recovery Program. I knit and crochet, visit our 8 grandchildren as often as I can, and of course, READ!

Why I am a Mormon

In 1960, my parents joined the church. I was 5 years old. When the missionaries came to our door, my father said, "We're not interested, but we'll listen." He discovered that he was VERY interested! Even at that young age I recognized the change in our family dynamics. There was more love, more direction, and greater joy. I was raised being told that we were so blessed to have found the truth. Many years of my youth, my sisters and I were the only members of the church in our schools. When my grandmother learned that we were joining the Church, she exclaimed: "Any church but the Mormon Church!" My great grandfather was a Methodist minister. It didn't take long, however, before that same grandmother asked us if we couldn't get some of our cousins interested in the church. While she never joined the church herself, she witnessed the difference it made in our family life and 2 of my cousins did join the church. Because of my parents' choice I was raised with all the structure of the church and its wonderful programs for children and youth. I was taught at an early age that I had a Heavenly Father who loved me and cared deeply about my happiness. I came to understand the Savior's very personal sacrifice for me! I met a wonderful man in 1973 and we were married. After he graduated from college, we started our family and moved to Richmond, VA where we have lived for 36 years. We have been blessed by the gospel and our membership in the church throughout our marriage. We have raised daughters who are raising families and as we see our descendants growing in number, we see ever more clearly the way our knowledge of the scriptures and God's plan for our lives, the way striving to keep the commandments, the way gaining knowledge and placing family relationships first in our lives is strengthening generations! I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I believe it is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

While I was in college I loved sharing my life experience and faith with other students. I found that young people care deeply about the world they live in and they want a faith that will sustain them. Once a week I teach a Religious Studies class for college students at VCU. I love studying and preparing to teach. I learn so much and it keeps my mind alive! I love the opportunity to research and understand more about Addiction Recovery and work with my husband to help people who have been trapped by substance abuse. I have a strong testimony of the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ to heal and save us from everything that life can throw at us. I taught Seminary (religious studies for our teenagers in the church) for a number of years. Many of these young people have or are serving missions for the church. One of my passions is writing those who are serving once a month. I am also working on my parents' life stories. Writing and reading are my passions and I love using them to serve. One of our powerful and transforming beliefs in the church is the understanding that relationships forged in this life, the character we develop, and the knowledge we gain all go with us into eternity. I love learning new things and improving my mind. i love using what I learn to serve and help others. I positively adore spending time with our 4 daughters and their families. We have 4 beautiful daughters, 7 granddaughters and 1 grandson! Those relationships are some of the choicest in my husband's and my life!