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Hi I'm Kathy Thorley

I grew up in Henderson, Nevada. I've lived in 5 western states. I love to sing. I love family history. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a former foreign language teacher, but after my children were born, I chose to remain at home to raise them. I've had a life-long interest in my family history and after my children were grown, it expanded to include helping others professionally to find out more about their families. My first husband passed away after a battle with cancer, and 6 years later I met another widower who shared so many of my interests. We married and together have seven children and 27 grandchildren, with one more on the way. We both love to sing and have performed for years with different community choirs, as well as in our church choir. We love to travel and I have a new hobby of collecting counties - traveling through as many counties in the United States as possible. It's great fun!

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon all my life. My father joined the Church after I was born, but my mother was raised a Mormon, so it has been a way of life for me. Of course, we all need to learn for ourselves whether what we are choosing to live is right, and I also went through that experience. I know that my life is good because of the Gospel, and I know that I have a Heavenly Father and a Savior who both love me unconditionally. I have found great happiness by living the principles taught by Jesus Christ and by following his example of the right way to live.

How I live my faith

I've enjoyed my activity in the Church throughout my life, and have served in many callings throughout the years. My favorite callings have been as choir director and as a family history consultant, because I can see how each of these have helped others. Music lifts the soul, and those who participate in choirs are able to internalize the music in a way that is like no other. I love helping others create beautiful music, just as I love participating as a singer in choir. Family history is a wonderful way for people to connect with their families and to learn more about them. I have seen so many people whose lives are touched when they learn about or find their ancestors for the first time. I've also loved being able to be a "visiting teacher", in other words, to be able to have special friends in my congregation who I can visit and help every month as a special assignment. I currently visit a dear sister who has terminal cancer, and it's a privilege to learn from this wonderful woman about facing life and death with a cheerful attitude. Others who I have visited throughout the years have become very dear friends, which might not have happened otherwise. It's a blessing to belong to a Church which encourages us to reach out to one another as we love and serve each other.