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Hi I'm Katheryn

My Montana childhood gave way to life in KY, MA, MN, AZ. Beyond family, I love reading, teaching, traveling, music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small university town surrounded by beautiful mountains. My parents worked very hard and ours was an imperfect but loving family. After high school I earned a teaching degree. I married and taught second grade while my husband continued his education. After several years we started our family and I used my training to help rear our six children, teach church classes and volunteer at the elementary school. I continue to love teaching because it so rewarding when I can find a way to help someone grasp a new truth. Too, it is great to study deeply and add to my own store of knowledge while I prepare. I go walking with my husband most days of the week for exercise and the joy of being outdoors. Music has been a lifelong interest for our clan. We have made lots of marvelous memories and experienced a couple of highly embarrassing moments! Many grandchildren are also good musicians. We had a wonderful family program with lots of music as part of our fiftieth anniversary celebration. Reading is also high on my list. My book club uses Great Books materials, which have filled in a few gaps in my education and made me a better critical thinker over the years. I enjoy many genres of books, but notice that I am choosing non-fiction more and more. Many of my pastimes are creative, e.g. designing homes and gardens, cooking, sewing. My husband's medical career led to a lot of trips where he spoke at meetings; accompanying him partly satisfied my love of travel.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, owing to the fact that I descended from a number of pioneer ancestors dating back as far as the first decade after the church was organized in 1830. Though my mom did not attend regularly when I was little, and my dad did not join the church until I was in my mid teens, they always made sure their children had the opportunity for regular participation. When I was about twelve years old I looked around one Sunday and noticed there were many people at church whom I liked. I felt very happy about that because it suddenly came to me that I had become certain the restored gospel of Jesus Christ was true and would need to keep going to church to be true to myself and to God whether I had friends there or not. As I studied the tenets of my own church and the beliefs of my friends, my understanding and confidence in the existence of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ continued to increase. My desire to follow Jesus Christ as the means of having the happiest and most meaningful life possible and the greatest hope for an eternal family grew deep and lasting. From that time to this, I have found joy as I serve and try to live righteously; I have found peace through penitence when I make mistakes, hope and comfort through relying on the Spirit in my greatest challenges and deepest trials. It is a great blessing to me to have a personal relationship with God. I cannot fathom going through life without the principles of the gospel to help me maintain a positive world view, have a good marriage, to rear strong children, to be blessed daily by a personal relationship with God.

How I live my faith

Trying to be true to the promises I made when I was baptized is one way I live my faith. For me, that includes things such as obeying God's commandments, trying to do what Jesus would, being kind, and helping people who need help. In other words, through His grace I try to be an example of the believer. Bit by bit I increase in knowledge of what the Savior would have me do by reading and studying the scriptures, paying attention in church classes, and serving in the community and church. I found working in the PTA and helping with preservation efforts for a historical home great opportunities to do something useful with a side benefit of getting to make new friends. I loved teaching teenagers to understand and love teachings from the scriptures. The first time I taught the Old Testament was a special experience. I told my husband, "I'm reading Leviticus and I can't believe I'm enjoying it." I love the New Testament and Book of Mormon every bit as much. My most difficult and also most meaningful church assignment was helping women with special problems. Poverty, illness, and poor family relationships were the most common issues. One woman needed transportation in order to see a close family member in a state hospital a few times a year. I could rarely fix enormous problems, but I could lighten some burdens and occasionally help someone make good changes in her life. A valuable part of my personal progress comes through petitioning Heavenly Father to help me in my efforts. Another crucial step is recognizing my mistakes along the way, repenting, and making needed changes. Living my faith does not just apply to my religious life. I try to read books, listen to music, use language and watch movies that uplift me or at least entertain me without being coarse or crude. I hope to become more Christlike throughout my life.