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Kathryn H. Kidd

Meet Author Kathryn H. Kidd

Kathryn H. Kidd is the author of numerous books, some of which she has written with her husband, Clark. She has been the associate editor of Meridian Magazine.

Author's Published Articles
2013-07-23

It seemed odd that such a large tree would be planted so close to the trail. Upon closer examination, he discovered that looks ...

2013-04-30

Kathy Kidd shares her feelings about severe illness, being in a coma, and the acts of service shown to her and her husband duri...

2012-12-03

Two weeks ago, Leah in Washington wrote in to ask how church members are raising their children in a chaotic world....

2012-11-26

What advantages do children have when they grow up with a background in the Church? What are you as parents doing to prepare yo...

2012-11-19

First, what advantages do children have when they grow up with a background in the Church? Second, what are you as parents doi...

2012-11-12

Not many of you wrote in last week, possibly because of being shell-shocked by the election, but there were a few responses. A...

2012-11-05

Today’s letter deals with details that are revealed online (via social media) about missionary work. Inspirational stories m...

2012-10-29

Responses to what to do about a friend who was laboring under the dangerous misconception that the things she heard in the news...

2012-10-22

We’re all finished our topic on the gray areas of life, but two regular correspondents wrote to me personally this week with ...

2012-10-15

Last week, “Mary” wrote in to ask how other Latter-day Saints navigate the gray shoals of gospel living. She mentioned caff...

2012-10-08

I've been interested for a while in the issue between what is actual doctrine and what is the opinion of church leaders. The r...

2012-10-02

There’s been a lot of flap in the press over whether a Mormon would be an acceptable president of the United States. Here's a...

2012-10-01

“Vim in the UK” wrote last week, asking how Latter-day Saints should treat illegal immigrants. I’m sure she was asking h...

2012-09-24

We have a new topic today, but first there are a few last letters for “Tired of the Dad I Love,” the gentleman whose father...

2012-09-17

Empathy and advice for “Tired of the Dad I Love,” who's father tells him that because he doesn’t have a military haircut,...

2012-09-10

As promised, we have a brand new topic this week. Once again, we have family members behaving badly. This time, it’s a pare...

2012-08-27

Today we have advice from many of you who have suffered at the hands of children — and one letter from a daughter whose suffe...

2012-08-20

Last week, Anguished in Altamont bared her soul about a daughter whose behavior has changed and asked if she was alone. Appare...

2012-08-13

We have an opportunity this week to help a family that is in the midst of a major crisis. I don’t have much to say about thi...

2012-08-06

We have a few more letters today about the art of showing love. I particularly like the first one, because it explains why read...

2012-07-30

There are lots and lots of people who have responded (and who keep responding!) to Paul Johnson’s request that we share ways ...

2012-07-23

I am flummoxed. In all the years I’ve been doing this column, every time I’ve tried to do something warm and fuzzy it has c...

2012-07-16

One of our regular readers, Paul Johnson, has sent me the same topic twice during the past year, hoping I would run it. I igno...

2012-07-09

The past several weeks, readers have been responding to “Pam,” who wanted to know if it was ever okay to decline a calling....

2012-07-02

We still have letters on what to do when a calling is issued that doesn’t seem like a good fit for us. Everyone who has had a...

2012-06-18

Callings – we’ve all accepted them, and we’ve all had callings issued to us that scare us to death. Should we turn down a...

2012-06-11

Last week, “Pam” asked whether we are ever justified in saying no to a church calling. She said she sometimes gets a callin...

2012-06-04

We have a new topic today, suggested by a reader who feels guilty about accepting callings. Lots of you have been in her shoes,...

2012-05-28

We have four more letters this week on the subject of tagalong children. As was the case last week, all four letters represente...

2012-05-21

The responses we received this week were impassioned. Nobody sat on the fence. Half the readers had horror stories of their own...

2012-05-14

Today’s question comes from a reader who has a problem I cannot touch. The reason? Self-preservation. There are some question...

2012-04-23

A little of this, and a little of that! A few belated letters from readers on a variety of subjects from getting overworked by ...

2012-04-16

This week we respond to Meridian reader “Frustrated,” who complained about people who try to make her feel guilty because s...

2012-04-09

Today’s topic is one we can all relate to – people who try to saddle us with assignments we are not able to handle, and the...

2012-04-02

Today’s theme comes from the hymn, “Come, Come, Ye Saints.” “Gird up your loins, fresh courage take.” Yes, friends an...

2012-03-26

It appears there’s just a little bit of resentment about ladies who jabber during meetings. However, it also appears that mos...

2012-03-19

Last week the discussion was on babbling babies in church. Apparently we didn’t go far enough, because this week’s question...

2012-03-12

We’ve been babbling on about babbling babies for a few weeks now. To start off today’s question of babbling babies, one of ...

2012-03-05

I didn’t expect there would be a lot of answers to last week’s question about babbling babies in church, but if there’s o...

2012-02-27

Another day, another topic. This one, from Hard of Hearing in Canada, might start a firestorm – then again, it might not. I c...

2012-02-20

As we close the topic of working mothers, you may feel as though you’re on a playground seesaw. This is a great opportunity ...

2012-02-13

Lots of church members, men and women alike, have strong opinions on mothers working outside the home....

2012-02-06

In these troubled economic times, the question of having mothers work outside the home is a thorny one for Latter-day Saints. S...

2012-01-30

If any topic on the planet is going to open a can of Mormon worms, today’s topic may be it. ...

2012-01-23

We have lots of letters pro and con and these should answer every question you ever had on dating outside of the church....

2012-01-16

It seems as though we have our first hot topic of 2012 – the issue of whether to date people who are not members of the Churc...

2012-01-09

“Owen” wrote about dating nonmembers. He told a story about a young man who became a juvenile delinquent after being shunn...

2011-12-19

Is it wrong to accept even one date with someone who is not a member of the Church?...

2011-12-12

Families with inactive members share many of the same challenges as families who are part-member. ...

2011-12-05

We all live in part-member families, because our children aren’t “born Mormon.” They have to be taught and converted....

2011-11-28

We have a new topic today, concerning how husbands and wives of different faiths can have a satisfying spiritual life. ...

2011-11-21

Meridian readers have a wishlist for their Gospel Doctrine teachers, and the first item on the list is more classroom interacti...

2011-11-14

What do Meridian readers want or expect in and from their Sunday school classes? When they sit down in that classroom every Su...

2011-10-24

Here's a way to make Halloween less about greed and more about giving....

2011-10-19

Some days you should just stay in bed. If you knew ahead of time what days those were, you could stay in bed. Unfortunately, yo...

2011-10-17

New technology gives family members myriad opportunities to keep in touch with loved ones who are far away....

2011-10-10

How do you keep the lines of communication open when your family members live far away?...

2011-09-26

September 19 was “International Talk like a Pirate Day,” which was a neat coincidence considering that was when the topic o...

2011-09-19

A Meridian reader wants to know what Church members think about watching pirated movies. ...

2011-09-12

Not everyone think that begging is a bad idea for youth fundraisers. There are even arguments in favor of begging....

2011-09-05

Are we raising kids to believe they do not have to work for what they want? Are we raising them to believe that someone else w...

2011-08-29

When you think about bridal and baby showers, are you showered with excitement, showered with annoyance, or showered with guilt...

2011-08-23

Are the scariest scriptures about plagues of locusts or upcoming famine? The author says, not by a long shot....

2011-08-22

What do you think about baby and wedding showers in the ward? Let’s put on our booties and dive in to a discussion. ...

2011-08-15

Our final thoughts on the Priesthood Moving Company come mostly from men, and most of them are in favor of the tradition of mov...

2011-08-08

The church-wide leadership training session last November had something to say about moving....

2011-08-01

Today’s column is full of moving horror stories, as well as grateful letters from people whose lives were blessed by loving w...

2011-07-25

Use it or abuse it--everyone has an opinion on the priesthood moving company....

2011-07-18

Never have Meridian readers been more passionate about a topic than this one....

2011-07-11

We have a scorcher of a topic this week, in the form of a letter from a member whose retirement-age husband has been asked, yet...

2011-07-05

Readers share many ideas about keeping the Sabbath day holy when you are traveling....

2011-06-27

We have an interesting new topic today — how to manage Sundays when you’re on a family vacation....

2011-06-20

What do you do when you are spiritually waning? Readers give lots of advice....

2011-06-13

Last week, “Disillusioned in Georgia” confessed that he is bored in church meetings and wanted to know if he was alone, and...

2011-06-06

We have a reader, who is stuck in a spiritual rut, who needs some advice....

2011-05-30

A “modest” discussion on the merits of prom dresses at church....

2011-05-23

The wearing of formal attire to church on Sunday after the prom is apparently a big tradition through much of the United States...

2011-05-16

Why would anyone think a floor-length gown, a wrist corsage, and sparkles in the "up-do" are appropriate attire for our most sa...

2011-05-09

The Same Ten People. Everybody knows them, wants to be one of them, or wishes they weren’t one of them....

2011-05-02

People are really excited about the topic of wards where the leadership positions rotate among the chosen few. ...

2011-04-25

Does it seem the same people always get called upon to serve in positions of leadership? Readers share insights and sometimes ...

2011-04-18

Why then are the same few women called to preside over the auxiliary organizations in our ward over and over again? ...

2011-04-11

“People who aren’t going to your funeral have no right to dictate what your values are.”...

2011-04-04

Is it possible to be too honest?...

2011-03-28

Will you find church support and networking if you join the military? Military families respond with enthusiasm....

2011-03-14

The LDS military presence is alive and well. So many wrote in to tell of their wonderful experiences....

2011-03-07

An LDS dad wants to know if his son joins the military, what kind of spiritual support system will he find? Can all you milita...

2011-02-28

Last week’s column contained a lament from a reader who wondered how ward members can get over feeling that they live in the ...

2011-02-21

How can members of wards that are at a real (or imagined) disadvantage overcome the feeling that they are not as good as anothe...

2011-01-24

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2011-01-24

Readers sound off about what it means to be a good grandparent....

2011-01-17

It’s no secret that there are a lot of LDS grandparents. What we’re learning is that every one of them has an opinion. ...

2011-01-17

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2011-01-10

We’ve received a bunch of letters on the issue of grandparents being held hostage by their children to babysit—and they are...

2011-01-03

I have a burning question I'm anxious to ask. I'd like to know how my fellow "baby boomers" are handling the delicate issue of ...

2010-12-27

Readers sound off on the issue of getting plastic surgery....

2010-12-20

Plastic surgery? Yes or no?...

2010-12-13

If you’re in a happy seasonal spirit, here’s a topic that may get a chuckle out of you. Or it may be a cut too close to hom...

2010-12-06

‘Tis the season of giving, and Meridian readers are giving ideas for inexpensive gifts to give during these recessionary time...

2010-11-29

This may be the Christmas to think of giving the “experienced” gift....

2010-11-15

The wallet is flat and Christmas is coming. What do we do? ...

2010-11-08

How can you help guide your children’s reading in a world where so many books are inappropriate?...

2010-10-25

One intrepid Meridian reader has pointed out one instance where favoritism among children is warranted. Otherwise, favoritism ...

2010-10-18

Today's question is a short one, but it's a topic that could have big ramifications if you’re in a family where the situation...

2010-10-11

Sometimes it’s hard to be grateful for blessings you cannot see....

2010-10-04

Readers, do you have a good idea for those of us who are always looking at the fuzzy side of the lollipop?...

2010-09-27

Meridian readers have lots to say today in an effort to help an ex-sailor clean up his language....

2010-09-27

Meridian readers have lots to say today in an effort to help an ex-sailor clean up his language....

2010-09-20

A former Navy man wants help from readers in how to overcome swearing....

2010-09-13

Forgiveness is not only an important topic; it is also something that we have all had to do. Meridian readers continue to show...

2010-09-06

How can you possibly forgive someone who has done great harm to your life?...

2010-08-30

How do you truly forgive when you have been deeply wounded?...

2010-08-17

Take away white flour, white sugar and processed foods for a month? Can we do it?...

2010-08-17

Take away white flour, white sugar and processed foods for a month? Can we do it?...

2010-08-16

Readers advise a wife whose spouse had become emotionally involved with another woman....

2010-08-09

Today’s crop of letters is in response to a letter from “Three is NOT Company,” who wrote in to ask what to do about he...

2010-08-09

Today’s crop of letters is in response to a letter from “Three is NOT Company,” who wrote in to ask what to do about her ...

2010-08-02

About 4 or 5 months ago an "old" girlfriend of my husband’s contacted him via Facebook. ...

2010-07-26

As we’re rounding up the topic of keeping our meetinghouses clean, our first letter today comes from a long-time building c...

2010-07-19

Meridian readers are passionate about their ward meetinghouses, and they have good ideas for how to keep their buildings _ and ...

2010-07-14

A reader writes, One of my big struggles is how our building is used and abused. What can and should we be doing to respect ou...

2010-07-05

Meridian readers write in to tell us that no matter how essential our church callings are, nobody can do it all. ...

2010-06-28

High-profile church callings don't have to result in neglected families. Here are some suggestions that could help....

2010-06-21

Somebody has to do those time-consuming church callings. What happens to family members in the meantime?...

2010-06-16

A chance encounter in the Washington D.C. Temple teaches the importance of standing on holy ground....

2010-06-07

Meridian readers have a few words of wisdom and a terrific news link to help those of us who are doing genealogical research in...

2010-05-31

How do you get genealogical information from hostile relatives who don’t belong to the Church? Our readers have lots of good...

2010-05-21

The question is a simple one. A Meridian reader wants to know how to get genealogical information from hostile family members....

2009-04-27

"I have really come to understand why 'signs' are not good vehicles for true conversion. If they're too far apart, you start to...

2009-04-27

So what do Kieth Merrill, Jane Clayson Johnson, David Christensen and Scot & Maurine Proctor have in common? Well, first of all...

2009-04-27

If he wins the Pillsbury contest, Bradley has big plans for his cash prize of $25,000. "I want to pay for my mission and Brett'...

2009-04-27

Being a parent takes a lot of sacrifice and courage. But it also takes courage to be childless. It takes courage to endure the ...

2009-04-27

Bill wanted to have a family that was so close that there would be no empty seats around the table. It never occurred to him th...

2009-04-27

Despite its limited release, the film grossed more than $200,000 in box office sales its first two days in theaters....

2009-04-27

For most Americans, Thanksgiving is a day of turkey dinners and family reunions and giving thanks. For thousands of Church memb...

2009-04-27

So much of what traditional mental health professionals preach is contrary to what Latter-day Saints believe that Mormons often...

2009-04-27

Although the lessons I have learned from the world have been bitter, there are other lessons that being fat has taught me. Inde...

2009-04-27

Richard and Linda Eyre didn't wake up one morning, look at each other across their bowls of Cheerios, and decide they were goin...

2009-04-27

What happens when a small Mormon liberal arts college recruits one of the world's most popular writers to join the faculty? We'...

2009-04-27

"Running that race is just exactly like life. Sometimes it's tough, but in the end you look back and it's all worth it....

2009-04-27

Nearly eighty young single adults from wards in Northern Virginia donated their time to be part of this year's National Cherry ...

2009-04-27

Every time I attended a function, I'd get presents. If you go in my library, I have 65 Books of Mormon. They all have personal ...

2009-04-27

She didn't need to talk to the Ken Jennings - she was just happy to talk to a Ken Jennings....

2009-04-27

Although Ken may not have gone on Jeopardy! to spread the Gospel, viewers were well aware that he was a member of the LDS Churc...

2009-04-27

They might be the most popular attraction in South Dakota in the summer, but fall is really the best time to see Washington, Je...

2009-04-27

If you are already planning next year's vacation, the combination of refreshingly cool air, eye-popping vistas, and plenty to d...

2009-04-27

The site of bloodiest battle of the Civil War has been preserved as a peaceful tribute to soldiers who fought there....

2009-04-27

"I went to the woods to live deliberately," wrote Henry David Thoreau in Walden. Some 150 years later, many literary aficionado...

2009-04-27

For the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the winter of 1805-06 was a critical time to update journals, organize scientific data, and...

2009-04-27

Do you have a yearning to make a difference? Come to exotic Ethiopia and have the trip of a lifetime doing a humanitarian proje...

2009-04-27

Your heart races, just as the hearts of the settlers must have raced 230 years ago. Surrounded by American history, you can't h...

2009-04-27

If you are the kind of person who wants to go everywhere and see everything that is related to the founding of the Church, you ...

2009-04-27

You don't have to leave your religion at home to enjoy a cruise vacation .... Just as your friends have different personalities...

2009-04-27

The quiet of a crisp Alaska morning is unlike anything you may have experienced for decades....

2007-08-16

Meridian readers were asked to share their memories of President James E. Faust. They remembered him as a kind and gentle man w...

2007-08-13

President James E. Faust was a humble man who displayed great intelligence and compassion. Although recent years found him deli...

2006-07-07

God is not always flashy when he gives us the things we need. More often than performing spectacular "walk on water" miracles, ...

2005-06-23

President Gordon B. Hinckley is a man who doesn't know the meaning of the words "rocking chair". The prophet, who is the leader...