Hi I'm Caitlin
My name is Caitlin & I've been a member of the church for all of my life. I am a new mother to an amazing little girl who was born 3 months premature. It was quite an experience to have a preemie, & it definitely was a trial of faith. Our little girl is fine now, but even when I wasn't sure if she was going to live, I was blessed with a wonderful feeling of peace, knowing that my family can be together forever through the covenants I have made in the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love to stay at home with my daughter & enjoy the sisterhood I feel with other women of the church. It is a great comfort to know that I have a support system of women who will help me when I need it, listen when I need to talk, provide comfort when I'm sad or hurt, & just be my friend through the day to day.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so I guess I've always believed the teachings. Once I went away to college, I found that I really needed to rely on my own testimony & realized that because of the things I was taught at home, at church at and seminary, I did have a strong testimony and was able to stand up for my beliefs. I know that by following the teachings of the gospel, and by living correct principles, I can be with my family forever and live in the eternities with Heavenly Father & my Savior, Jesus Christ.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
I think one of the best ways to develop greater harmony in our homes is by praying together as a family. There are few things that bring a family together like hearing another member offer a prayer for you, that you do well in an activity, on a test or just pray for you to be happy and healthy. I know that when I hear my husband pray for me, it just strengthens my love for him, and makes me want to help and pray for him as well.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
Last year, my grandmother passed away. She wasn't a member of the church, and my dad is the only member in his family. His sister had such a hard time with my grandmother's death, because she doesn't have the same beliefs that we have about the after-life. Seeing her struggling with grief and sorrow made me even more grateful for the knowledge of the eternities that I have. I know that death isn't the end of our family relationships. Through temple covenants we can be sealed together as families, and that brings great peace to me when I suffer a loss. I know that death is not the end.
How I live my faith
Currently I am serving in the women's organization at church. I am in charge of organizing and planning our monthly activities. We do many different activities, many of which are designed to help us increase our faith, be better wives, mothers & women, and teach each other new skills. I've also been called to visit some other women from church each month to give a monthly message and make sure they are doing well. When they have a problem or just need someone to talk to, they know that they can call me and I will try to help in whatever way I can. I have had so many wonderful experiences with this visiting teaching calling and have seen so many lives blessed by even just one simple visit. One of the women recently called me, and I was surprised because she just wanted to have the monthly contact through the mail, and I've never personally met her. She doesn't currently come to church or any activities, but I could tell that she really appreciated the letters I'd been sending her. I could also tell that she really just needed someone to listen as she talked, and I am sure that we will be great friends soon!