Hi I'm Cathryn
Right now I'm a "play-at-home mom" with my two little tornados. Before they were born, I taught middle school English (6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade) for a few years, and I'm excited to go back to teaching once my kiddos are in school themselves. In my precious spare time (those wonderful days when the boys nap at the same time!), I like to read, write, bake, practice sewing (I'm terrible right now, but getting better a bit at a time), work in our little vegetable garden, and spend time with my friends. My husband and I are total food TV junkies, and big movie buffs too.
Why I am a Mormon
When I was a child, I was a Mormon because my parents were. As an adult, I've made the decision to stay a member of the church because, in short, it makes me feel happy and fulfilled. In the Bible in Matthew, chapter 12, Christ teaches that "the tree is known by his fruit," or that you can judge a thing by the results it produces. When I follow the teachings of the Mormon church, I am at peace. I feel like my life has purpose and direction. I feel like God knows me and wants me to be happy. I feel like I can succeed despite the hard things that happen in life. I feel like it will be okay and I can be forgiven when I make mistakes. It helps me keep my struggles in perspective, and it helps me want to be a better person. Even though my husband and I have moved across the country, far away from the headquarters of the church and from all of our family and old friends who are Mormon, I've chosen to stay a member of the church and try to live its teachings because I know from experience that I'm happier when I do.
How I live my faith
I love that quotation by St. Francis of Assisi where he says that we need to "preach the gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words." I feel like I'm doing my best to follow the Savior's example when I'm kind, compassionate, helpful, patient, welcoming, and loving to my family & friends & neighbors. In our church congregation, right now I'm serving as the president of the women's organization, called the "Relief Society." Our little group is pretty small--there are only about 50 women who we see regularly--but although we are small, we are mighty! We work to build each other's faith, strengthen families, and take care of people who need help. We teach each other about God and His love for us using the words of the scriptures and our inspired leaders. We help each other in our tasks at home, whether it's raising children, caring for a sick parent or spouse, running a small business, going to school ourselves, or anything else we're responsible for. We collect and prepare food for the those who need it, organize blood drives and other charitable events, and visit other church members and neighbors who are sick or lonely. It's a beautiful thing to be a part of.