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Hi I'm Kathy Busch

I grew up Roman Catholic. I'm a convert of 37+ years. My husband and I have been married 30 years. I'm a mom and grandmom.

About Me

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 19. I attended and graduated from Brigham Young University-Provo with a bachelor's degree in Italian. I served a mission to Italy in my mid-20s. My husband and I were married in the Washington D. C. Temple, and we were blessed with three wonderful children. I was very fortunate to be able to be a full-time mom, and now I spend a lot of time with three of my grandchildren who live close by. I love exercising. My favorite sport to play is tennis. I also love doing family history. I'm the family historian, and in summer 2010, I was able to extend my father's paternal Italian line back to the 1750s in Italy! My family--my husband, children, grandchildren, and sisters--are my closest friends. At least every eighteen months, we take a vacation together. We plan for it, and then spend months looking forward to it. We love being together outdoors in both summer and winter. I love to sing. I also play guitar. I wrote the music for and produced four CDs; I put music to 100 blocks of scripture we Mormons call "scripture mastery scriptures". I love to teach. Currently, my husband and I teach the four- and five-year olds at church every Sunday; we also team teach a spiritual adult education class at church once a week.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to devout Roman Catholic parents, who had me baptized as an infant. My sisters and I attended Catholic elementary school and Mass every Sunday until we were teenagers. I stopped going to Mass when I was in either junior high or high school. The summer between my junior and senior year of high school, I met a Mormon, and we started to date. We were boyfriend and girlfriend our senior year and the summer after graduation. I went to a local junior college, and he went to BYU in Provo, Utah. We continued to keep in close contact, despite being 2500 miles apart. I became close friends with his mom, although I had no interest in her religion. The previous summer, a family acquaintance had told me she believed that God is love, that He's not a real being, and that Jesus wasn't the Son of God. My faith wasn't grounded since I had stopped attending Mass, so I was open to alternate belief systems. After listening to her, I decided to adopt atheism. During the next six months, I became increasingly depressed as I contemplated the possibility that the end of mortality was the end of existence. I didn't want my life to end, but at the same time, my life seemed pointless if it was just going to end one day without my spirit/soul continuing on to another phase of existence. One day, I went into my room, closed the door, and knelt down. I said out loud, "God, I need to know if you exist. I felt a kind, loving presence with me as I knelt, and I arose from this "prayer" knowing that God did exist, that He knew who I was, and that He loved me. I immediately felt a strong desire to go to church with my boyfriend's mom. I asked her if I could go with her the following Sunday. She was very surprised, but delighted to bring me with her. I loved my experience that first Sunday. Within two weeks, I began the missionary discussions. I loved what I was learning; the best part of my week was my missionary discussion. I was baptized June 1, 1974.

How I live my faith

I have filled many positions over the last 38 years. I have taught children, youth, young adults and adults. My husband and I are currently team teaching the four- and five-year olds every Sunday and a spiritual adult education class every Thursday. I am a visiting teacher. A companion and I are assigned to together visit four women in our ward (congregation) every month. I love visiting teaching, and have made last friendships through the visiting teaching program. Becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 38 years ago was the beginning of the best years of my life. I know that my life would not be as happy or productive if I had not chosen to embrace the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Like everyone's life, my life has been full of challenges, and it's been through meeting those challenges head on that I've learned to trust the Lord, to obey the commandments of Jesus Christ and the promptings of the Holy Ghost, and to follow the prophet. My husband and I know that we are blessed beyond measure. Our greatest desire is to give back to God for all that He has given us. I know with a certainty that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are real beings, and that they feel profound love for each of us living here upon the earth. I know that Joseph Smith was a modern-day prophet who was called by Jesus to restore the pure gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that the Church is led today by a modern prophet. His name is Thomas S. Monson, and he is the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of my favorite scriptures is Joshua 1:8: "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein, for then thou shalt make thy prosperous and then thou shalt have good success." I love my Father in Heaven, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. I know they love me. I know they love you.