Hi I'm Caitriona
I love hiking playing the piano and getting stuck in to a good book. I like to keep up with current affairs and regularily write to politicians about things I feel passionately about.
Why I am a Mormon
When I was 22 I found it difficult to believe in God. I had attended several Christian Churches in the hope of finding an enjoyable and uplifting Sunday service. A dear friend sent me a Bible and recommended I start reading it. That really brought back my faith in God and Jesus and gave me great peace. About 6 months later I was in America and saw a commercial in the TV for the Book of Mormon. It claimed to be another testament to Jesus Christ and companion to the Bible. I decided to get it. Two Sister Missionaries visited, gave me the book and taught me about Gods plan of happiness. They taught me about the role of Jesus Christ in His plan and how the Holy Spirit testifies of the truth of all things. They also taught me about the role of prophets and they told me about Joseph Smith. They told me I could know these things for myself by reading praying and asking God if what they taught was true. They promised that if I did this the Holy Ghost would let me know these things were true. This seemed a bit of an out of reach miracle but when they invited me to come to Church I enthusiastically accepted. I was not disappointed. I left Church feeling on top of the world. This was the kind of Sunday service I had been searching for. I decided that if I found out by the power of the Holy Ghost that this Church was true then I would definitely join. But how would I get that answer? One Sunday one of the missionaries dear Sister Kearsley challenged me to start reading the Book of Mormon from the beginning. Well two days later on the Tuesday I decided to take up her challenge and read many pages. That night as I met with the missionaries the Holy Ghost gave me a most powerful and undeniable witness that this Church was indeed the Lord Church once again restored to the earth. I knew it like I knew my own name. I knew in my heart but also in my mind. I felt such overwhelming joy. At last I had received my answer. So I got baptised and have never looked back since then.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
The first that comes to mind is his doctrine on serving others. There is a quote on the Book of Mormon (Mosiah 2:17) that says "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God" I never realised before what a great blessing can come into our lives from service. It makes us better people and helps us be happy forgetting about our own problems. I believe it is one of the ways we can become more like the Savior. There is so much need in the world and so many people that are lonely or negleced that need our help. I love the doctrine that we are all children of God. That makes us all brothers and sisters. Its really good to try and see everyone as a beloved son or daughter of God. I know that we are all VIP's in God eyes and he loves us dearly. I also love his teachings on prayer. Oh Heavely Father does hear our prayers. He hears all of them and he answers in way that is best for us. I really know that. I know that we can trust our Father in Heaven completely. He knows and loves each one of us. He cares so much for us. If only everyone knew that. I used to work as a computer programmer and whenever I get stuck and remembered to pray He always helped me find a solution. I know that He created the universe can help us in everything, and in every aspect of our lives, if we just ask Him, and try our best to keep His commandments.
How I live my faith
Because the Gospel brought such joy to me I try to find opportunities to share what I know with others. My husband and I regularly have the missionaries come to our home for dinner. I try to have a friend come to dinner at these times also. At Church on Sunday I serve as music director. I have in the past taught in youth Sunday school and worked in the young women’s organisation. The youth are a great bunch to work with.