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Hi I'm Cat.

I live in Las Vegas. I'm a mom. I blog about my adventures in cooking over at He Married Me For My Cooking. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay at home mom living in Las Vegas who loves to cook. I have traveled all over the world. I have lived all over the United States as well as in Canada. I call Mississippi the location I grew up and Wyoming the location I call "home." The only thing that gets me through the brutal summers here is swimming and boating, two things that I absolutely adore. I have been married to my husband for 8 years. It has been 8 years of honeymoon. I waited for a long time for this man and every ounce of it was worth it. He is amazing. He is my best friend. I have two of the most adorable kids, Kiddo 1 and Kiddo 2. K1 likes to cook with me, but her true loves lie in swimming, learning about horses and huskies, reading Junie B. Jones books, and in playing with her sister and puppy. She is hilarious and her laugh can bring anyone to smile. She is very friendly and says "hello" to everyone she comes in contact with. K2 has an amazing laugh and smile, and she LOVES her big sister. She is my princess. She also loves to swim and go to baseball games, but if she had her choice she would be dressing up in princess dresses all day long. I love to make her laugh. There is something wonderful about a good baby belly laugh. I have PCOS, so the fact that I have my sweet girls is a miracle. I know that Heavenly Father has watched out for me and prepared me to be a mother to them. I am truly a blessed mom.

Why I am a Mormon

It has taken me most of my life to become secure and sure of my place in this world, and that has come with my knowledge of who I am spiritually. My testimony has been molded and refined through my spiritual experiences and through hard lessons learned. Life is hard and can be very sad, but through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we can find infinite and accute happiness that you cannot have any other way. I know that I am a daughter of God and I know that He is very personally aware of me, my pains, my joys, everything in my life. At the lowest points in my life, I have reached out to Him in prayer, and He has always answered me. It hasn't always been in the timeframe or form that I wanted, but He has answered. Sometimes those answers come directly, but mostly my answers have come through others either by service or speech. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that principles taught in it are applicable to every generation that has lived on the earth. There are lessons taught, guidance given, and a clarity that you can receive when you study it. Jesus Christ did visit the Americas, and loves ALL his children. I have a testimony of families and the eternal nature of them. God intended for us to have families - husband, wife, and children. And God intended for those families to be united far beyond this life. I am so thankful that we have temples on the earth today and that we can participate in ordinances that can bind us together forever. I cannot imagine eternity without my husband or my little girl. They are my joy in this life - "Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy." I have a testimony of living prophets. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, just as Gordon B. Hinckley was and Thomas S. Monson is. These men are selfless in everything they do. They receive inspiration and revelation directly from Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. They are called of and by God. They hold the priesthood - the power of God given to men to act in his name. This power can do amazing things from heal the sick, comfort the weary, and give guidance. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ. We are Christians. We love and strive to serve our fellow men. We are not perfect as individuals, but we strive to do the best we can every day. And that is what God asks of us - to do our very best each day to follow his commandments and come unto our Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I have been playing the piano since I was 4 years old. I have been given a musical gift. Because of that gift, I choose to give back. I teach piano lessons out of my home each week. I have been teaching piano since I was 12. I love to give children the gift of music. In my ward, and wards I have lived in throughout my life, I have music callings. I have been pianist, organist, choir director, and chorister for the children and the women in the ward. I have also been an accompanist for several LDS groups in the community. I love to share my gift. And I feel that it is one way I can give thanks to Heavenly Father for giving it to me.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Cat.
A testimony is simply a "collection" of things that we believe in. Seeing is not necessarily believing. And through prayer and study, we can gain a knowledge of God and Jesus Christ, of His prophets and apostles, of His gospel, and His purpose for us on this earth. And when we gain that knowledge, we can't help but share those things with others. If you had wonderful news, wouldn't you want to share it? Show more Show less