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Hi I'm Kathy

I grew up in Southern California. I am an accountant, the mother of 7 children, & the grandmother of 9. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love to learn. After earning my accounting degree, I enjoyed taking college courses solely for the purpose of learning. My best education came as a mother, when we decided to educate our 5 youngest children through a home based program. We did that for ten very busy years, and I am so glad we made that sacrifice. We all learned so much, and best of all, we did it together. Our youngest is now 20 and a junior in college. Life is not quite so hectic, but it is full. I love the time my husband and I now have to spend together (there was not much of that for many years) and time with family and friends. Grand parenting is the best, and watching our children parent is so much fun. They amaze me with their wisdom and goodness. I still love to learn and am excited about this new chapter in my life where I can continue to learn, revive a few old hobbies like sewing and crafting, and begin some new creative ones. We recently moved and I have discovered I quite enjoy decorating, too.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom started taking me to church when I was about 4, and I just always knew what I was learning was right. When I read the scriptures and was obedient to them and our doctrine, it always felt right. But as I grew older, I worried if I really believed the gospel was true, or if I just followed along because it was what I had always heard. Trials in life have come and have challenged that simple belief. As I have studied more deeply, prayed more fervently and turned to my Heavenly Father through prayer, I have come to know for myself that this is the gospel of Jesus of Christ, restored in its fullness upon the earth. I was blessed with a believing heart from my youth, but my testimony is now so much more than that. As I continue to try and follow Christ, I feel great peace. I know that I have a Heavenly Father that loves me, and that I am a beloved daughter of His. He wants me to be happy and has given me everything I need. I know He hears and answers my prayers - not always the way I want or on my timeframe, but I know they are heard and answered in the way that is best for me. As I look back over my life, I see the many blessings that have been poured out upon me and my husband and children, often as a result of my desires not be granted. I know my perspective is limited and God sees the big picture. I am thankful he loves me enough to do what is best for me and my family in the long run. I just attended general conference, the meeting where our entire church meets together twice a year (thanks to technology) and had a sweet experience that strengthened my testimony. I already knew that Thomas S. Monson was called to be the Lord's prophet, but I knew it even more deeply as I attended conference and felt of God's love for him. I am thankful that as in times of old, we, too, are blessed with a prophet of God upon the earth, to help guide and direct us.

How I live my faith

The majority of my adult life I have had the opportunity to work with the girls aged 12-18 at church. I have loved that! Usually, I have been with the 16-18 year olds, which happens to be my favorite. We do activities together on a weeknight, then on Sundays we meet for an hour and learn together. Though I am often thought of as the "teacher", they often do most of the teaching as they share their comments and experiences. They amaze me with their perspective, goodness, commitment to live by our standards and act as Christ would, and their understanding of their divine roll in God's plan. My current calling (job) at church is overseeing visiting teaching for our ward (congregation), which is the program that is set up for all the women to check on each other monthly and offer assistance where needed. It has been a great opportunity to get to know many women and see their goodness and quiet acts of kindness and service. I also teach the women's class once a month at church. I love teaching, probably because I do love to learn, and the teacher always learns the most.