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Hi I'm Kathy

I'm a convert of forty-six years. I taught high school Special Needs Children for nineteen years, and now going on a USA mission.

About Me

I'm a single mother of four children, three boys and one girl, and grandmother to seven. My oldest son passed away when he was ten hours old, which was very hard on my ex-husband and I. My daughter and one of my sons were adopted when the were only a few days old. My sons both went on missions to South American countries, and are strong church members. I've been very blessed that my children all went to college in fields of their choosing and have wonderful families. When my children were all in school I went back to college and received a BS in Elementary Education. I continued my education getting a Masters in Special Education while I taught high school special needs children. I am now retired after teaching nineteen years. At present I am getting ready to go on a mission to the Southern part of the USA. During the last eight summers I've traveled, by myself, from Washington State to Washington DC (with my son), going to Montana, Minn., Penn., Ark., Tenn., SC., and many other states, mostly by car, to visit family. Last summer I traveled 6000 miles in 6 weeks. I enjoy reading, cooking, gardening, and being with my grandchildren when I can, which is hard since they all live in different parts of the USA. Living in various parts of the US I have enjoyed various foods: southwest- red or green chile enchiladas etc.; southern- boiled shrimp/crab, fried oysters, po-boys (sandwich); beef, chicken, oriental, and lots more. But, please no turnips, collard greens, or beets.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints firstly because of the teachings about Eternal Families. I never understood why a family would be split up upon death, not know each other or remember them or friends. I didn't understand why a baby or young child would be punished (sent to purgatory or any other place) if they weren't baptized as babies or before death. This was and and is inconceivable. Over the years as I've learned and grown in the church I have come to personally know that the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. That it's teachings are true. And that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet of God, and that Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet at this time.

How I live my faith

For most of the last forty years, on Sundays, I've taught the the younger children in the church, from ages 18 months to twelve years. The church calls these "Primary classes" and are similar to Sunday school classes in other churches. When I've not been called to teach these classes I've been called to help with our young women's group. These young women are between the ages of twelve to eighteen. I have also been called to work with the women ages nineteen and up and in adult Sunday School. These callings range from: teaching classes; counseling; keeping records; serving others physically as well as emotionally. A "calling" is done through the leader of our home church, which can a Branch, Ward, or Stake. It is done with much Prayer, asking for Heavenly Fathers guidance. This leader "asks" us to accept the position. We do have the choice to accept the position or not, though it is very rare for someone not to accept a position. I love teaching these young children, as well as older female and male members, about our Heavenly Father, our brother Jesus Christ, and about the Holy Ghost.