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Hi I'm Kim

I'm a wife, mom, daughter, sister, aunt, great-aunt, and early childhood teacher.

About Me

I am the mother of 6 amazing daughters, who are great friends and wife of a German born husband who is a great father and husband. We all love music. It's NEVER quiet at my house! I love to play the piano and sing. I love to scrapbook and read mysteries. I have a degree in early childhood education. I believe strongly that young children deserve our very best and I have had many opportunities (with my own children and with the children of others) to witness what Jesus meant when He said we should be as little children. I served a mission in Southern Germany and LOVE that land as I love my own. I am grateful to have been born of goodly parents. I am grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ - for the peace and strength that it brings to my life. I am grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe there is much good and truth in the world. But the fullness of truth and goodness is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When I was serving a mission someone expressed that they believed I had been brainwashed by my parents. I knew this wasn't true. I was born to parents who were active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was taught the Gospel in my home through the words and examples of my parents. I was taken to church where I learned about my Heavenly Father, Savior, and who I am. My father wrote in a life history, about his testimony, that he just knew. I have always had that same feeling. But I was also encouraged to study, pray and ask for confirmation of those feelings. I did this and it enabled me on that day of my mission to testify that I had a testimony of my own that had come to me through the confirmation of the Holy Ghost. I believed what my parents had taught me - but not because they brainwashed me, rather because I went to the source of their testimonies and found my own. My testimony of the Gospel brings a peace to my life that cannot be found anywhere else. My faith in Christ and understanding of His atonement have gotten me through life-changing illness, the deaths of loved ones, and through everyday challenges and difficulties. I think my testimony grows most strong through the little evidences of the hands of God and Christ in my daily life. Something as simple as being guided to my lost keys for the 200th time (this year) lets me know that They are in the details of my life, big and small and that they love me. There is NOTHING that compares with the feeling of the Spirit sent from a loving Heavenly Father to give me guidance, comfort, strength or whatever I need at that moment. I find often when I complain about something in my life - I later find that it was indeed a blessing. I love my Father in Heaven and Christ with all of my heart!

How I live my faith

I have lived in the ward I am in now since I was 14 months old. I have had the blessing of serving in callings since I was 12. My first calling was as the junior primary pianist. Shortly thereafter, I became the Sunbeam teacher! I have loved all of the callings I have been given, but I do have a few favorites.I felt truly blessed to play the piano for the special needs primary. One of those darling children, now grown, is frequently having something to eat at Costco when I'm leaving - we always smile and say hello and it brightens my day. I also loved being an achievement day leader - for 8 years - and I still didn't want to be released. Planning activities for and spending time with girls 8 - 12 was SO much fun! Currently I am playing the piano for the primary or children's organization - enjoying my love of music and children all at the same time! I serve on a regional committee in my area that focuses on early childhood. I recently helped with an activity that provided parents of children with disabilities to swap equipment and materials with each other and to become familiar with the agencies in the area that are available to support their children and family. I have become active in writing letters to legislators in support of early childhood education and education in general. I have worked for Head Start for almost 30 years. In addition to seeing great growth in young children I have had opportunity to see great growth in parents. I have seen their confidence and abilities be strengthened through encouragement. I have seen parents start and finish college, become more involved and positive parents, become more involved in their communities. In my daily life, I try to be kind and helpful and just a good member of my family, workforce and community.