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Hi I'm Kathy

I am from Priest River, Idaho. I am a school teacher, have 6 children and13 grandchildren. I love genealogy and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Priest River, Idaho. After high school I went to Ricks College in 1967 to 1968. Later I married my husband, who is from Kentucky, and we had 6 children. We moved around living in several different states, Utah, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Kansas before moving back to north Idaho. We decided there was no better place on earth to live and raise a family. My husband took a disability retirement at the age of 37 so I went back to school and became a teacher. I have taught 24 years and plan to retire this year, but I will be a substitute for awhile since it will be hard to give up teaching. I love genealogy and go to Utah for a week every year with some friends to do research. My children live in Pullman, Washington, Seattle, Kansas City and Houston, so my family is very spread out. We visit them as often as we can. One of my sons died in a car accident when he was 18 and we miss him very much. We have a summer home, which will become a winter home when I retire, in Kentucky close to my husband's family. We like to take cruises and have travelled to Alaska, Mexico and the Caribbean. We plan to travel to New York City this fall to celebrate being retired.

Why I am a Mormon

I was converted to the Mormon religion when I was 12 and have loved it every since. My parents had several sets of missionaries come and teach our family, and when I was 12 the spirit born a witness to me that what they taught was true and I asked to be baptised. Two of my sisters and I were baptised, then a year later my parents were baptised. My father had a word of wisdom problem that held him back and he never did overcome it. He died later in life from emphysema. When I got my driver's license at age 15 I drove myself and my sisters to church every Sunday and I am sure we were a ward project since we always smelled of tobacco smoke, but everyone in the ward loved us and provided many opportunites for us to feel like we belonged. I have always known the church is true and have never faltered in that testimony of its truthfulness.

How I live my faith

I am the Primary president in my ward where we teach the children about the gospel, and have been the Stake Primary president before that. That gave me the chance to put into action the things I was teaching other Primary presidencies to do. It has been a challenge. In the past I have worked with the youth and the adult women in their organizations. I enjoy all of my callings and have learned so much.

What is being a Mormon like?

Kathy
Being a Mormon is like knowing I am a complete person with knowledge of the truth about life before I came to earth, where I am going after this life, and why I am here. I cannot image my life without the knowledge of these things. Being a member of the true church gives me many blessings and gifts that help me in my life and guide me to be the best I can be. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Kathy
Mormons do not worship Jospeh Smith but they do revere him as the first prophet of our church. We worship only our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ who died for us. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Kathy
Our church welcomes anyone to our services and we often have visitors and investigators in attendance. We have a Sacrament Meeting where we are all taught the gospel by various members of our congregation. We sing hymns, take the sacrament which is bread and water that remind us of the covenants we made at baptism. We do not ask for donations of money. Then we have Sunday School for all age groups; the classes and activities for the children are part of Primary. We also have a third meeting where the youth are instructed in their youth groups, women meet in Relief Society, and the men have Priesthood meetings for more religious instruction. We provide a nursery for children under age 3. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Kathy
Mormon women and girls typically wear skirts or dresses to church and the men and boys wears suits or dress pants with with shirts and ties. They dress modestly and are clean. I say typically because in our area many visitors or people without dress clothes will come to church dressed more casually. We do not turn anyone away because of their clothing. Since it is cold in the winter in Idaho some people come to church dressed in layers, wearing pants under their skirts. Of course Sunday best is encouraged but special circumstances allow other alternatives. We celebrate all the normal holidays in our families, such as Valentine's day, St. Patrick's day, Easter, Mothers Day and Fathers Day, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. At church we have special services for Easter and Christmas. We also have a special Thanksgiving dinner for the single people in our ward. On Mothers Day and Fathers Day we give out special gifts honoring the mothers and fathers. In our families we also celebrate birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and other special events. Show more Show less

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

Kathy
Mormon women are just like all women in the world. You cannot tell a mormon woman just by looking at her because we live normal lives within our cultures. Mormon women do stand out in that they value their families, have integrity, strive to always do what it right, serve others whenever possible, and follow their beliefs. Mormons do believe in equality of men and women, but they are not the same. Women raise and nuture children and are the heart of the home. Men are the caretakers and providers of the family and have the priesthood. Mormon women do not desire to have the priesthood as they are blessed by the priesthood through their husbands and all the other priesthood holders around them. Mormon women often hold jobs, teach in church, hold political offices, and are leaders in their communities. They dress in the current fashions, although modestly, and strive to be healthy. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Kathy
As a Mormon, prayer is an important part of our life. We begin each day with family prayer and end each day with family prayer. We bless our food at each meal and pray at special times, for example before travelling long distances or when facing a particular problem we need guidance with. On the first sunday of each month we fast by not eating two meals and donating the money we would have spent for those meals to the needy. We actually give more than those two meals are worth. We do not allow bad influences into our home. We watch TV and movies, but are careful of what we watch. We eat wisely but still enjoy tasty and delicious foods, forgoing anything that is against the word of wisdom such as alcohol or coffee. We do things with our immediate and extended families often, having family home evenings, playing games, or sharing meals together. We read scriptures daily and spend time preparing lessons when we are in a position to teach others at church or in their homes. Once a month the women visit other female members as visiting teachers and the men teach families as home teachers. Of course we attend church every Sunday, no matter where we are at, and we often attend activites or meeting during the week, working with cub scouts, the youth, helping others do genealogy, or helping the missionaries teach others the gospel or feeding them a meal. In our home the missionaries come once a week to do their laundry. Show more Show less