Hi I'm Mynnette K.
I live and go to in South Central Kansas. I enjoy my schooling--I am currently finishing a degree so that I can work with severely mentally disabled children at the elementary school level. I love these kids and they make my life meaningful. I've been privileged to work with children who have special needs for about 4 years in different capacities and it has been an immense blessing to my life. My husband and I have been married since 2004. We are unable to have children of our own, but we did have the privilege of being foster parents for a year and taking care of 12 beautiful children. Our struggle with infertility has been both a trial and a blessing that has brought us closer to each other and to the Lord. I am the oldest of nine children. I live near most of my family with the exception of a sister who lives in Utah with her husband and daughter. I also live near some of my husband's family. It's wonderful because we get to have fun with them all the time! I am also an avid crafter. I love to make my own cards and crafts to give to others. I have been blessed to design cards for two stamp companies and to design my own stamp sentiments for one of these companies as well! Creating things is a great way to relieve stress and to share love with others around me! I blog about things that are important to me and this is my favorite way to journal. I've met some amazing people from all over the world through my blogging and I feel so blessed to know them all!
Why I am a Mormon
I was blessed to be born into a family that was already active in this church. My parents encouraged all of us at a young age to study the gospel and to find out for ourselves whether or not it was true. I did this. Through personal scripture study and prayer, I have come to know that this church is true. I know that it is true because of the way following it's precepts have blessed my life and made me feel. I know that my Savior is real and that He died for me so that I can once again live with my Heavenly Father. I know that my life is blessed daily because of the things I was taught as a child and continued to study as a youth and adult. This is a gospel of Hope and Peace! I have found both by living the principles of the restored gospel, and I know that it is possible for every single person on this earth to find the same if they truly seek it. In a changing world, our Savior is constant and so is His church.
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
I have been blessed to have many prayers answered, but one in particular struck me strongly. This past year, I was without a job due to the economy. I had been working as a substitute for our local school district, but was told before Christmas that they would not be calling substitutes as much due to budgeting issues. My husband and I were worried about how to make ends meet. We prayed that we would be guided to a job that would bless our family. I put a lot of applications into many places and about a month later I got called into an interview for a job that would require that I work on Sundays. Since our church believes that keeping the Sabbath holy is an important part of life, I chose not to go to the interview and to look elsewhere. Two weeks later, I was beginning to feel that my prayers for a job would never be answered and that I should have taken the job. I was frustrated with myself and with our situation. Later in the day, I was sitting at the computer thinking about what my next move should be in the job search when my phone rang. It was the elementary school that I has extensively substituted at for the past few months. The secretary asked me if I had my application in for positions through the school district and if I had all my background checks done. I replied that I had. The secretary then told me to check the school district's website in the next few days because a position would be opening up. I checked that night and found the job I had been told about. I applied for it and called to have my application forwarded to the principal. The next morning the principal called me in for an interview that day (Friday). The following Monday, I was offered the job. I started Tuesday. Prayers are answered. Sometimes we have to wait, sometimes the answer is no, but they are always answered by a loving Heavenly Father who knows what is best for us and knows what will be best for us in the long run, not just immediately.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
I am a believer that everyone in the world can do something. Even where special needs are present, each one of us has been given gifts and talents from God. I have been blessed with many gifts in my life. One of the greatest gifts that our Father in Heaven has blessed me with is the ability to sing and find great joy in music. I come from a very musical family and so we are able to sing at church quite frequently. I also enjoy singing in our congregation's choir and at home as well. I love sharing my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ through music! I have also been blessed with the ability to make cards and other paper crafts. I have been blessed with the assignment to send a birthday card to each woman in our congregation. This has helped me to feel of our Savior's love for all of my sisters. I also get to share my cards online via blogging and have met and been able to help people around the world. This brings me great joy and happiness. As I said before, each of us is capable of something. Even if your talent is being able to smile, you should smile at every person you see. You never know who might be in need of a smile and that could be the blessing they needed that day!
How I live my faith
I am living my faith by sharing it and by helping others around me! I have been called to be the compassionate service coordinator in our congregation. This means that when a temporal need arises (meals, taking care of someone after surgery, etc.) I am the one who will coordinate these efforts. I have found this calling incredibly rewarding. Helping those around me with things they cannot provide for themselves has taught me how blessed I am and helps me to feel God's love for myself and for all of His children. I also serve as a visiting teacher. A visiting teacher is a woman age 18 or over who is assigned to visit certain members of your ward (or congregation) monthly. I have been blessed with a wonderful companion that accompanies me on these visits. Through visiting teaching, I know that the Lord helps me to bless the lives of those I serve. I have gained many lasting friendships while participating in the blessings of this divinely inspired program.