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Hi I'm Kathy Jensen

"I'm Brice's wife and a mother of six beautiful adopted children! I'm a Mormon."

About Me

I was born and raised in California. I am the sixth daughter of seven children, the last child a son. I was raised in a loving, gospel-centered home with a mother and father who honored each other and their children. My parents have been the greatest examples of love and devotion to God. My family loves music. You could always hear the piano playing, another musical instrument or someone singing. We sang together as a family, as children and as sisters. Most recently my sisters and a few friends had a singing group named Vivace. We loved singing together! Since my sister's passing, the group is no longer together, but we continue singing as a family. After high school I was accepted to BYU and worked on some undergraduate studies and then left to serve a mission in the Argentina, Bahia Blanca mission. After returning from my mission, I earned my BS in Nursing from the University of Utah. I married my sweet husband and we have since adopted six beautiful children. We have 4 sons and 2 daughters. Since I was one of seven children and my husband one of nine children, family is everything to us. Our family tree is huge and "all-inclusive.." Besides our immediate and extended family members, we have a family tree that includes our children's birth families. We love and appreciate them so much in our lives! Parenting has by far been the hardest "job" I've ever had! While it can be hectic and a little crazy most of the time, it is very rewarding!

Why I am a Mormon

Every person that is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is blessed by missionaries at some point in their lives. We all have our own experience either personally or within our families that have pointed us to His Church as it has been restored to this earth. I'm so grateful for my ancestors in England and in Denmark who chose to listen and follow the Spirit when they heard truth. They suffered many persecutions from family and dear friends who disagreed with their choices to join the Church. With that being said, they could not deny what they felt and what they knew to be true in their hearts. I was raised by the posterity of those wonderful families. I was reared by faithful parents who taught the gospel and lived the gospel principles in our home. I had many opportunities to feel and know for myself that the things I was being taught were true. Even as a young girl of 12 years, I remember being challenged from one of my youth leaders to find out for myself if the Book of Mormon was not true. I read the book and felt of its truthfulness. I decided to put my faith to the test. I knelt down on my knees in my room and prayed to know for myself. I distinctly remember the intense feelings of peace and joy I felt as I prayed. My Heavenly Father answered my prayer through a witness of the Holy Ghost. Since that day my testimony of this gospel has grown as I now share the gospel with my family. When I think of the immense trials my ancestors experienced so that I could have the truth, I am forever indebted to them for their sacrifices. As I experience this journey of life, I too have difficult trials just as everyone does. Centering my faith in Christ and His Church has been my anchor during those calm and those turbulent times in my life. It makes sense to me that if my earthly father wants me to be with him, my Heavenly Father would want the same. I know this is His plan for me to be with Him and with my family forever.

How I live my faith

Most of my contribution to my church and community involves the rearing and teaching of our children. I know that family is central to God's plan and we will do anything to teach good Christian values and protect this divine institution. Our responsibility as parents is vital to help our children grow up to obey God's commandments and be law-abiding citizens. I enjoy serving my family and my community. I love volunteering in their classes at school and at church. I have taught classes for children, youth and adults. I love opportunities to teach. I especially share a deep love for the youth ages 12-18. They are wonderful to work with and I always learn so much from them. I serve with our young women group at church. We serve in our community, participate in a girl's camp, plan activities or participate in different events that bless the lives of the youth we serve. I enjoy serving with humanitarian projects. Many people all around the world are beneficiaries of the Church's humanitarian efforts. We also serve local charities and donate time and talent to their projects as well. My family has participated in outreach programs in the High Schools and have served on panels with adoption agencies to share our personal experience with adoption. Our family has been active and serve in our Boy Scouts of America program. Time and effort spent in serving and rearing our children and aiding the communities in which we live, will help us build stronger families and communities.