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Hi I'm Kathy Fotheringham

I was raised in southern Idaho. I loved when school was closed for two weeks every fall so that we could pick potatoes.

About Me

I am a grandmother with 18 grandchildren. My oldest granddaughter is serving a church mission and my youngest is just learning to walk. Each and every one of these precious souls teach me daily. There is so much we can learn from little children. I learn as I watch them grow and experience life's lessons. Also, the beauty of this earth is very important to me. God's creations inspire me and give me peace. I love living where we have four seasons and it is gorgeous. I love to walk, hike, be outdoors and travel every opportunity I get. My life, too, includes many kinds of games from watching college football, tennis, golf, and basketball to surrounding my self with family and friends playing parlor games. Recently I have been involved with teaching refugees so that they may become U.S. citizens. I love working with people of all nationalities and learning from them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a very strict Mormon family. We had rules similar to the Law of Moses. It was not a home of peace and love. When I left home to attend college, I decided to make my own rules by which I would live and it was not church oriented. After college I began the process of earnestly deciding how I wanted to live the rest of my life. I knew that it was very important to me to establish a home with love, peace and happiness. One of the most important traits that anyone that I dated had to have was genuine kindness and love with unlimited patience. I would not tolerate any kind of temper and tested many a date to see what their limits were. I eventually met a man with the most even temperament and kindness plus he had a wonderful sense of humor. This was a perfect match for me, but I would have to become active in my church again. In my heart, as I had wandered from attending church, I knew that an active church life would bring me happiness and that I just needed someone to help me find my way back. We married, now for 47 years, and it has been a peaceful home with much love. I am grateful for a husband who shows love and has taught me to be more peaceful, kind and happy. I know that we are able to experience joy because we follow the teachings of our Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and believe in a living Christ. I'm grateful for my church's emphasis on families and putting Christ at the center of our lives. As we try to be more like Christ, I know that we will be happy and find joy in our daily living.

How I live my faith

I have always tried to involve myself in the community. In the schools, I help whenever and wherever I can. I enjoy working with parents and students as we all improve our educational experiences. I do enjoy working with the youth, although I was somewhat surprised when I was asked at the age of 65 to be in charge of all the young women ages 12-18 in my church. This request included teaching, planning lots of activities and even camping with these girls. After three years of this, I would honestly say that it was a challenge but a most rewarding experience. It taught me many things, helped keep me young and allowed me to learn some of the challenges that our youth are experiencing. I love the youth programs of my church. I also love that my church has a system whereby we help and keep track of every person in our neighborhoods. As a woman, I am assigned, with a partner, to visit several ladies and to be their friend and helper and to report if there are needs that my partner and I cannot meet. It is a huge service and accountability program which works! The more we work together and serve others, the more we love them.