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Hi I'm Kathy

I'm a mother of five and grandmother of four. I served an LDS mission in Bolivia. I love to read and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of two sons and three daughters. Our married daughters have two little boys and two girls respectively. One of our sons lives in Washington DC and travels around the world as part of his job. He will be moving back to Utah soon to attend BYU law school. Another son is serving an LDS mission in France. Our last daughter attends school and works part time. Being a mother has been very fulfilling; being a grandmother is too! My hobbies include reading, sewing and cooking. I also love to attend exercise classes, my favorite being kick boxing! I feel very blessed to be married to a wonderful husband. I am involved in a book club as part of my love for reading. One year I sewed 27 quilts for Christmas; these were given as gifts to family members. It took me most of the year to finish all of them. I've been able to be a 'stay-at-home-mom' for most of my married life; I see this as a great blessing! My extended family includes six sisters and three brothers. Family is one of the most important aspects of my life and I feel very fortunate to have come from such a strong family and also, to have sons and daughters who are contributing members of society and who live good lives.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into the Mormon faith, I love the gospel with all my heart and know that it is God's true church! When I was 22 years old, I was serving a mission in La Paz, Bolivia. One day as my companion and I were knocking doors in the rain and sloshing through mud, unable to find anyone who was interested in listening to us, I wondered what kind of a reaction I would have to some 'foreign strangers' preaching about religion. Would I be willing to invite them in and listen to their message? I thought a lot about that and realized what a great treasure I had! My parents taught me God's commandments and the truths of eternity from the time I was a baby. I had to question things and learn the truth for myself but once I did, I have never wavered. I know God lives and loves us. I know His Son, Jesus Christ came to earth to set a perfect example, to suffer and die for our sins and be resurrected so that all mankind can also live again eternally. I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet called of God to restore His church in all its fullness upon the earth in these last days. I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true and living church upon the earth today and that it is lead by a prophet called of God; namely, Thomas S Monson. Living this gospel is the only way to be truly happy in this life and to gain eternal life hereafter. I know the Bible and the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. By following the Savior's teachings, found in both books of scripture, we can be happier and find more peace in this life than by any other means. I hope that someday soon I can serve another mission for our church with my husband and spread the light of the gospel to my brothers and sisters around the world who are looking for the truth and God's word.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being true to my beliefs and the principles of the gospel that I've been taught since I was a child. I read and study from the scriptures each day so that I can learn more about the gospel and be receptive to any promptings I might receive from the Holy Ghost. I pray morning and night. I attend the temple once a week for the same reasons as above. I've been learning how to do family history work. I'm building my own family tree with my ancestors and growing to love them and appreciate them for their sacrifices as I learn more of them. Two years ago I put together a book of family history stories that I found in my dad's basement. They are amazing stories of love, sacrifice and faith! I cherish them. I'm so glad I found these histories written over the years and am trying to share them with family members so they too, can appreciate the rich heritage we share. I am a member of the DUP (Daughters of the Utah Pioneers). We meet monthly to share family histories and listen to amazing stories of these brave and valiant pioneers. In my ward (neighbors and friends of the same LDS faith) I have the calling of "compassionate service leader." My job is to arrange meals and other assistance for people who have had surgery, a new baby, who are ill or in need of any kind of help. It has been quite satisfying because it helps me interact with people and consciously look for ways to give and serve others. I also 'visit teach' four ladies each month with my companion. As we visit them, we try to assess their needs so we can be of service to them and their families and we leave a positive message with them. I'm not perfect! But I'm trying to be the best person I can be by helping others along the way and staying true to my beliefs and God's commandments.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Kathy
Mormon women are fabulous and awesome and normal every day women! We certainly are equal with men. Although we don't hold the priesthood (the power to act in God's name) like the men in our church, we share in all the blessings of the same. We can have our prayers answered just like they do. We have different but equally important responsibilities. Our emphasis, as women is more along the lines of nurturing our children while men are to watch over and teach their families and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for them. Ideally, we help each other as equal partners. I personally love being a woman in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! I have had many opportunities to learn and grow as a woman through experiences and responsibilities I've been entrusted with. I have never felt like I was less than a man simply because I don't hold the priesthood. If I ever need a priesthood blessing, there is always someone close by to assist with that, whether it be a husband, a father, a son, brother or friend, neighbor or church leader. My friends in the church are very kind, caring, compassionate, helpful, positive and faith-filled women. Show more Show less