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Hi I'm Kendra

I am a grandmother from Utah. My husband and I raised three children. We have five grandsons. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband Jim and I were married for five years before we had children. We adopted our oldest child, a beautiful daughter and then seven months later I gave birth to set of twins, a boy and a girl --- three children in seven months! We learned and practiced parenting skills on the three of them. When our children were 14, I returned to teach school to help pay for their braces and taught junior school for 19 years. I taught English, Utah Studies, American history, and German (my favorite subject). My husband died three years ago, and I am currently getting used to life without his presence. I believe that he is alive and that his health has been restored and that he is enjoying life without frailties. He was a great example of kindness, tolerance, and being true to your beliefs. I recently returned from cruising South America and Antarctica--- an amazing experience, seeing this beautiful, silent, majestic part of our planet. One of my favorite sights was the ice bergs that dotted the ocean and caused our ship to go very slowly as we cruised around them.

Why I am a Mormon

My family have been members of the LDS church since the mid 1800s. Although my family members were not among the earliest settlers in Utah, they settled in St. George and Fairview/Ephraim in the later 1800s. I am a member of the LDS church because my family members were. However, I have had to learn for myself whether or not I believed the teachings of this religion. I find it very easy to be a member of the Church because of its teachings which make sense to me. I believe that our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are individuals who work together and have different responsibilities. Joseph Smith certainly was an amazing young man and adult. Even with all his suffering he could not deny that he had seen our Heavenly Father and our elder brother Jesus Christ. I particularly like the focus of the Church on caring for those who have little. If we are to consider ourselves Christ's followers, caring for those in need both physically and spiritually should be one of our main interests and responsibilities. I have read the Book of Mormon several times and find new information each time I read it. This time I am focusing on how the people care for each other, even those who are wicked as well as those who follow the teachings of Christ.

How I live my faith

I have served the women in our ward- both the adults and the teenagers. In April I will begin serving as a volunteer missionary in the Washington DC North mission, where I will be a Women's Auxiliary Specialist and spend my year taking women to the Temple, helping them search for family members at the family history center, driving them to appointments, visiting them, and doing anything I can to improve their lives and lift their spirits. I try to be a good example to my family, neighbors, and friends by living my religious beliefs-- serving others, reading and studying the scriptures and attending the temple. I walk regularly with a group of women, enjoy working in my garden, reading, and doing word puzzles--I understand doing these will keep my mind alert! These different activities assure me of a loving Heavenly Father who wants us to enjoy all that He has created for us.