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Hi I'm Kaylene Zierenberg

I am a mother and grandmother and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I met my husband in college and we have been married almost 46 years. We have seven children and 23 grandchildren with one more on the way. Our big family brings us a lot of joy. When our children were young they were usually at the table for dinner every night and we enjoyed sharing the events of our day together. It never felt like that big of a family; however we sure went through a lot of food when they were teenagers. We believe education is very important. Not just formal education but continued lifelong practical learning and experience. Having a family "Read-a-Thon" once every few weeks (treats included) was just a small thing that helped us all develop a love of reading. We love being outdoors and have spent much time gardening, camping, hiking, white water rafting, fishing, hunting, etc. However we balanced our "play" with chores and employment and work became an integral part of our lives. Although our family is kind of spread out now we each try to gather together for as many family occasions as life will permit.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon 1st because I was fortunate enough to be born into a family who had chosen to listen to the "Good News", gain a testimony of it's truth and join the church. On my mother's side of the family are ancestors who were there soon after the church was organized and personally knew Joseph Smith. On my father's side of the family, his parents listened to the missionaries in Holland, and sought a witness through prayer as to it's truthfulness. They received that witness, joined the church and immigrated to America when my father was almost 8 years old. The 2nd reason I am a Mormon is because as I grew and considered all the principles I had been taught, read the scriptures and studied the gospel more and more, I decided to pray for my own witness to know if this church is true or not. I was 14 years old, the same age as Joseph Smith when he was first seeking to know which church to join. Although I was already a member and had been baptized at 8 yrs.of age, I felt I really wanted another personal witness now that I was older. It had been suggested to me that each time before I read in the Book of Mormon, I should pray for understanding and then pray again after reading. Also to pray after I had read the whole book, for a witness of it's truth and to know whether Joseph Smith did indeed translate that record and in time restore Christ's Church to this earth through God's direction. I did just that and will never forget the experience I had while kneeling at my bedside that night and also at other times later in my life. I felt the witness of the Spirit throughout my whole soul along with the most incredible love from my Savior. I could never deny that I knew He was aware of me, loved me and that this was His church that had been restored. I know He loves each of us the same. I know that if humbly sought, with real intent, anyone can read, study, pray and know these truths for themselves and receive that witness as I did through the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

From the time I was a small child I was fascinated by all God's creations, His majesty and His power. I felt His love for me and developed a great love for Him. I was raised by loving, kind, unprejudiced parents who were great examples to me. They taught me to love and help others. I have worked in various capacities in our church with the women's organization, youth and children's organizations, scouting etc. Giving service in any way and teaching others, no matter what age, about the Gospel has been very rewarding and has helped me in learning how to follow our Savior and be more like Him.