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Hi I'm Kathleen

About Me

My father's people were converts. My 5th great grandfather was taught the gospel in Canada and baptized by Joseph Smith. Many of them sacrificed much, some everything including their lives, to remain true to the gospel of Jesus Christ, as he restored His church, again upon the earth. Even though I have a tremendous legacy, it was still my responsibility to study and pray for a testimony. At the age of 17 I desired to know, not just believe. I started to read the Book of Mormon and pray for that knowledge. My first assurance was that Jesus is the Christ and he lives, and cares for each of us. The rest of it came through study and prayer and faith. I recognize it through the feelings of the Holy Ghost. My testimony is something that I feel. Sometimes my heart swells with such joy. As I continue to gain knowledge it seems almost hard to contain those warm confirming feelings. At those moments my eyes can feel with tears as I feel such love, and gratitude for such a wonderful gift. At these moments I know my Father in Heaven loves me. I know that Jesus is the Christ. And only He can save us, through His Atonement. I am a grandmother, and have 10 grown children who each has had to walk through the same process. At present we are expecting our 44th grandchild. I pray for my grandchildren, that they too can have that knowledge. For with it is power. It will be a guide to help them learn how they can live "after the manner of happiness."

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born into the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," and baptized at the age of eight, I am a convert. I met a woman in Texas who told me that her sister had joined the church in the last year or so. She asked me about my conversion. I made the mistake of telling her I was a member all of my life. She went on to express not only was I lucky, but things were always so much easier if one was born into the church. I was quick to inform her that even though I was born into the church, I still had to be converted, just as those who learned of the gospel in later years. I am a Mormon because I have chosen to be a Mormon. I have read the Book of Mormon multiple times. Each time I learn something wonderful. I joy in scriptures such as, "Come Unto Christ, and be perfected in him." found in Moroni. I also love and know that if we follow the promise of Moroni 10:4. We can know for ourselves if these words are true. For I put it to the test many years ago. It is wonderful when we truly know, that our loving Father in Heaven will not withhold any knowledge for our good. We only need ask in faith. He will answer us. I am a Mormon because there is peace to my soul in what I believe.

How I live my faith

It is important that I be an example for those who follow. The Lord Jesus Christ taught us to serve others. He gave us a promise that we would find happiness when we lose ourselves in the service of others. When we lose ourselves in the service, it is as Christ promised us, "We will find ourselves." As my husband and I are retired. we have chosen to serve missions. We are presently serving our 6th mission. It is true that we are happier while serving our fellow man. Scripture study and prayer keep me grounded in who I am and who I want to be. Prayer is the greatest power God has given to man. When I ask specific questions in faith, I do receive personal revelation. There is always a second confirmation. It is through studying the scriptures, praying and serving that I am learning the importance and joy of loving our fellowman. I am learning to be happy with my needs and I am free from envying what my neighbor has. This allows our eyes to be open to the needs of others. In serving others, it is amazing the blessings of how much we grow and how much happier we are when we are serving as our Father in Heaven has taught us.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Kathleen
The greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart. The second is like unto it. Love thy neighbor as ourself. On these two commandments hang all the laws of the prophets. To keep the second we need to be able to serve others. It is hard to serve others when we are so involved trying to survive. If we are self-reliant we are standing on our own two feet and are in a position to help others. If we are self-reliant we can work on those things that will perfect us. To gain the most that our Father in Heaven is offering us, we find joy in working for and helping others. We know that we gain more for putting our faith to work. Those who are self-reliant are more willing to keep reaching up. Too often those who are more willing to let others serve them often lose sight of what it is all about. They come to focused on themselves. In the end they turn away in despair and discouragement rather than feeling joyful and at peace. Being focused on others needs allows us to climb to greater spiritual heights. The second question is about emergency preparedness. It goes hand in hand with the first. If we have food storage for hard times, and financial savings for hard times. It will allow us not only what we need to survive, but it will allow us to help others who are in need. Show more Show less