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Hi I'm Catherine Leigh

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 28 years old and I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all my life. When I was born my father was not a member, but my mother was. A little over a year after I was born my father converted from Catholism to the church. My mother was a great instrument to his conversion. I am the second of eight children. Family is very important to me. I am an active member of my ward and am currently serving as the Activity Day Girl's Leader.

Why I am a Mormon

I have had many oppurtunities in life to have a confirmation from the Holy Spirit testifiying that this church is true. Yes, I grew up in the church, but I continue to have it apart of my life because I have no doubts about the principles of the gospel. In highschool my best friend was also Mormon and we would often discuss our testimonies of the church. We kept coming back to the fact that everything just makes sense. There are answers to questions that no other religious organization can answer. When Jesus Christ came to Earth and organized His church with apostles and leaders through the guidance of Heavenly Father, those who followed Him were happy and blest. Why should we not enjoy the same blessings today? There is a Prophet on the Earth to lead and guide us. There is modern revelation received in the manner that Jesus recieived it. The power of God has been restored. This is the same power Jesus had to heal people and bless and pass the sacrament. It is called the priesthood. I have had the privledge of living with the preisthood in my home and have felt its power through my struggles and my joy. For me, it is not a question of believing in this church; I do know that it is true. Joseph Smith was called by God to restore Christ's church in these latter days. He was young and his circumstances lended to him being prepared for this great restoration. He lived his days after and his whole life by not denying that he saw God, the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ. I know he saw them and spoke with them. I know that Joseph Smith also translated the Book of Mormon. This book is a companion book to the Bible. The teachings in the Book of Mormon are true. The words are written for us and they have helped me in so many ways. I am grateful for the church. I am grateful that I have been blest to have the Holy Ghost guiding me. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ and I say all these things in His name.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is apart of everything I do. I dress modestly, speak kindly, and try my best to do service and good deeds to everyone. I try to have love in my heart for everyone and remember that even the people that upset me are children of God. I attend chuch on Sunday and as many of the activities and meetings as my schedule allows. At work everyone knows my beliefs and they are respectful of them. I can easily speak about my religion and beliefs (but without pressuring anyone to belief them or offending).

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Catherine Leigh
Not all Mormons are required to serve on a mission. All worthy young men starting at age 19 are requested to serve missions. I hesitate saying "required" because there are some circumstances in which this is not possible. Young Women may serve a mission starting at the age of 21, but are not required. Older couples or individuals may also serve on missions too. I am a woman and did not serve a mission. This was a personal choice for me. After much prayer and fasting I knew that a mission was not what was in the plan for me. I have had the privledge of having my immediate family members serve missions and I see the remarkable and amazing experiences that each have been given. My father was a not a member of the church when he was 19 and he therefore did not serve a mission. I have six younger brothers and when each turned (or will turn) 19, they have gone on missions. My maternal grandparents have also serve on two missions. Show more Show less