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Hi I'm Catharine

I am an aspiring writer, a chef-in-the-making, and a young wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Southern Alberta, Canada for the large majority of my life, with a very big, loving family. Although my parents divorced when I was 8 years old, our little family tree progressed in faith. Soon, we welcomed a step-father and step-mother, who are both wonderful people. We love being together! I married the absolute man of my dreams on August 21, 2010, in the Cardston, Alberta, Temple. We love each other so much, and believe in showing that love daily. I just graduated as Culinary Arts student in Edmonton, Alberta. I love to cook! I chose this profession because it's a skill I will use...everyday. I love to work, and that is what cooking is. It will provide many happy memories for my children. I have never wanted to be anything else but a mother, so choosing this occupation - although exhausting - will bless my family for generations.

Why I am a Mormon

There were many times in my life where it would have been so easy to fall off the bandwagon. However, I chose the gospel for many reasons. The seeds of a true and fervent testimony began at a young age. During my teenage years, those seeds blossomed, and I began finding joy beyond measure as I fulfilled my responsibilities and shared my talents. I began to understand and know the Savior through loving leaders and teachers, and of course, my family. As my knowledge of the Savior grew, so did my love for Him. I am Mormon because I love the Savior. I strive to be more like Him, and learn more of His life and teachings. I am Mormon because I find joy and safety in the gospel, and living by it's teachings. I am Mormon because I find comfort in the inifinite Plan of Salvation, and I have a testimony of eternal families. I am Mormon because I follow our living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. When I follow his teachings, I am truly joyful. I am Mormon because I have a firm testimony and love for working in our sacred temples. I am Mormon because it brings me the greatest peace that can be felt on this earth at this time.

How I live my faith

I find so much joy in serving in the church! Along with my wonderful and faithful husband, I currently am working in the Nursery, as a Nursery Assistant. Out of all of the callings I've had in the church, I have never found so much rewarding joy as I find in the Nursery. I volunteer 2 hours every Sunday to teaching children, ages 18 months to 3 years old, about the gospel. There is play time, snack time, and singing time. There is such a special spirit about the children around us, and I learn so much from them. An important part of living my faith is reading my scriptures and saying daily prayers. I would certainly not be a very strong Latter Day Saint if I chose not to do these things! Sometimes concepts require a lot of studying, and often, I have to ask knowledgeable people around me for help. My husband is a wealth of information, and I learn much from him. Being a member of this gospel isn't just a 3 hour a week commitment - it's a discipleship that lasts through the eternities. It requires daily action, repentance, and forgiveness. It's easy to get down on myself, but when I am truly striving, I find incomprehensible joy in my efforts.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Catharine
The Mormon lifestyle is different for everyone. Much of it depends on your faithfulness, and desire to fulfill the commandments that the church has set for you. We place a lot of emphasis on families in our church. We believe they are an eternal unit, that last beyond the grave. Many LDS members spend a lot of time with their families. Every Monday, we have "Family Home Evening", which is a night where all other commitments are set aside to develop family relations. The church counsels us to abstain from drinking alcohol, or consuming harmful substances. If everyone in your household is following this commandment (frequently called, "The Word of Wisdom"), you will find your lifestyle clean of these addictive substances. The church has counselled us to get as much education as possible. Thus, many LDS members work very hard to provide well for their families, and obtain a good education. Like many other people in the world, most young LDS people find their husband or wife while attending college or university. If an LDS person is living as faithfully as they can, they will be striving to read their scriptures daily, in particular, the Book of Mormon. They will also study the Bible, as well as the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. Mormons are very different than people in the world. We do not go to bars or pubs, and we do not believe in sexual relations before marriage. We try to spend as much time as we can doing service, and helping others. We do not swear, and believe in hard work and honesty. It would take a lifetime for me to truly explain how an LDS person lives. We are all different. However, I can tell you, that the clean and joyful life-style is very much worth the effort that we put in. Show more Show less