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Hi I'm Caitriona

I have a lovely husband and 3 adorable boys. I used to work as a computer programmer but now am a full-time mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

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.

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.

Are Mormons Christians?

Caitriona
Yes most definitely. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of Heavenly Father and that He is the Savior of the whole world. He is the only perfect person to walk this earth. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Caitriona
No. Young men are encouraged to serve missions when they are 18. I joined the Church when I was 23 and a few months later I had a really strong desire to serve a mission. I had a very strong spiritual witness that Heavenly Father wanted me to. I continued my education for another year and then worked to save for a mission. I have to say that next to joining the Church (and marrying a great man) it was the best decision I ever made. It was difficult at times but so rewarding. I believe serving a mission strengthens us spiritually for the rest of our lives. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Caitriona
We pay tithing which is one tenth of our incomes to the Church. It may not sound logical but my financial situation has in every way increased by paying tithing. There is a scripture in Malachi in the old Testament (Malachi 3: 8-12) that talks about tithing and the wonderful blessing we get from paying it. It has brought so many wonderful blessings. For instance in my career I have had wonderful training and advancement opportunities that others (that I feel were perhaps more talented) didn't receive. I feel that I cannot afford not to pay tithing. Heavenly Father always keeps his promises. I have seen time and time again that he does open the windows of Heaven and pour down blessings upon me and my family. If you prayerfully read those blessings found in the above scripture and then faithfully pay your tithing you will see as I have that 'we can't give a crust to the Lord without getting a loaf in return'. Show more Show less