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Hi I'm Kathryn

I grew up in South Africa, live in Reading, England and have recently retired and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an avid reader and also love going to the cinema. I worked for one of the large global financial services firms then as I approached retirement I retrained as a massage therapist. I am now retired, but working part-time as a selp-employed massage therapist. I am married to a wonderful husband, and have six beautiful and kind daughters. All our daughers are now married with families of their own and we now have fifteen grandchildren - ranging from a few months to almost eighteen years old - and the boys outnumber the girls! Half of my daughters now live on the other side of the world and I am grateful to live in an age of modern technology that allows me to feel close to them in spite of the distance. I provide massage to a wide variety of clients, the most rewarding however are a group of autistic young adults, some of whom are also physically disabled. They touch my heart in a way I can't explain, and every week I am grateful for the opportunity I have to interact with them. I also enjoy working with the elderly, and visiting in their homes to provide a service they can no longer get out to access.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptised when I was fourteen, and then in my twenties had a short period when I stopped attending church. I never really stopped believing the gospel, just as a young mother drifted away. My life began to unravel and things became very hard for me. I realised then that I was far happier when I was following the teachings of the Saviour Jesus Christ than when I merely believed but didn't actually 'do'. I started attending again, and reading The Book of Mormon. At that time I had a deep and abiding witness from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true. That being the case, it makes sense to me to live the precepts taught in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon - I have experienced wonderful blessings in my life and I am a Mormon as a humble act of gratitude to a loving Father in heaven who has provided me with comfort and peace on dark days and deep joy in times of happiness. My family too has been infinitely blessed by being raised living the principles taught from the scriptures.

How I live my faith

I teach in the children's organisation (called Primary) - my class are aged 6-8 and are a delight! We have fun together learning the gospel every Sunday morning. I also visit other female members who may need help or just to maintain friendship. Since retiring from full-time work I have started running and walking and so do that with a couple of other members of my ward too. I have made it a goal to contact those who may be lonely and in need of company. In our neighbourhood I try to be friendly and helpful, and my husband and I look out for others in the winter especially. A few months ago one of our female leaders advised us to 'observe then serve' - I have tried to take that to heart and it has given me some wonderful opportunities both to get to know others better and also to be a help and support to them. I have had great experiences with this while travelling and in my neighbourhood. It has strengthened my testimony of following the counsel of others who lead us.

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

Most Mormon women I know are strong, independant, kind and friendly. I have had the opportunity to work in many capacities in the church - with the children, the young women aged 12-18, with young single adults and the adult women of the church. In every instance I have had a voice in the leadership meeting regarding this work, I have been listened too and often have had my suggestions or opinions acted on. The men that I associate with have always treated me with respect and I have never felt that I was of less importance than the men with whom I have worked and worshipped. My husband and I are equal partners in our marriage and family, we have different strengths and qualities and we complement each other - we often share the cooking, cleaning and other tasks and we discuss all our financial decisions but I actually do all the financial administration in our household. Looking after our children was a joint responsibility while they were younger and I am pleased to say that I see the same pattern in the lives of my daughters and their husbands now as they raise their families. Show more Show less