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Hi I'm Caty

I'm a Mormon, and proud of it. I used to be Catholic, then I converted.

About Me

I'm currently attending a church university, although I transferred from a university in my home state. I'm majoring in Child Development, with a minor in Marriage and Family studies. I love hanging out with friends, watching movies, listening to music, dancing, and playing sports and games. I have an amazing boyfriend who I've been with for over 6 years. He's currently serving a 2-year mission for the Church. That's me!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 13, I realized I was missing something in my life. I wanted something.... more. So I convinced my Catholic parents to start taking me to church. Before, we had gone on Christmas and Easter, but that was about it, even though they both grew up devoutly Catholic, attending Catholic schools. I became a full member of my Catholic congregation, then I met my boyfriend, who's LDS, a Latter-day Saint, or Mormon. The more we talked, the more I liked him. I could tell that there was something different about him. He sort of, shined, from inside. He told me about the Church, and I got curious. I started going to youth activities and dances with him, then I went to Sunday church meetings with him. Meanwhile, I still went to Catholic mass with my parents. The more I compared the two, the more I realized how much I loved the LDS Church. When I went, people greeted me by name, with a smile. There was a great feeling there. Also, the Sunday School and other lessons were geared towards me, and others my age, so I could understand and learn them better. Eventually, I realized I had learned more about the Gospel in 1 year than I had in 14 years of my life. I told my parents I loved the LDS Church, and that I wanted to be baptized. They forbade me from ever going. It was WWIII. For 3 years I fought them on it, trying to be respectful, but by then my testimony was too strong, I couldn't stay away. I met with the missionaries, and when I turned 18, I set my baptismal date. My boyfriend, the one who introduced me to the church, baptized me. Since then, I've been an active member, going to Church every Sunday, fulfilling duties and shining my light. I know this Church is true. I fought for it, even when my closest loved ones threatened or disowned me. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that we have a prophet today, Thomas S. Monson. I know that our Heavenly Father loves each of us, and knows us individually. His son, our brother, Jesus Christ, is our Savior. He bled and died for me. He knows how I feel at all times, and takes away my sins, so I may return to live with him someday. I know that temples are sacred, and within those walls, we can create eternal relationships. I love this Church, and this full gospel.

How I live my faith

I go to Church every Sunday, but that's not all. I love the quote: "Going to Church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in the garage makes you a car." It's so true! There's more to being a Christian than just going to church. I've taught Sunday School classes, I've been on committees to organize activities, I've taught the women of the Church, I've helped with service projects for the teenagers, and, my personal favorite, I've taught and worked with the 18 month-4 year olds. There are so many opportunities to serve others, so I do my best to share what I can do. To help someone out when they need a hand, it's the Christian thing to do.

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

We believe that we lived with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ before we came to this earth, and we can return to live with them again after we die, if we live our lives right. We know that life is eternal, and we can be with our families for eternity. Because we know this, it gives us motivation to be good people. The Bible and The Book of Mormon state that there is something after this life. God's work is "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man". Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Young men and men can be given the priesthood. There are 2 kinds of priesthood, a lesser one and the major one. Men who are found worthy, who live their lives right, can have the priesthood. With that priesthood power, they can bless, baptize, heal, and do other things. We can rely on the priesthood when we need help or want to use the power they have to extend relationships beyond the grave. The priesthood can be traced back to Christ, so there's true God-like power in it. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

The Bible discusses tithing in detail. In Malachi, we are told that we should not "rob God". Since all things come from God, giving 1 out of 10 is a sacrifice we are willing to make. This donation helps many. Our leaders are not paid, so they money helps those who need it. It goes to humanitarian services, like natural disasters, or to feed those who can't afford proper meals, or to help fund college education for those who want to learn but don't have the finances. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A "ward" is a congregation. It's the small group of people from the same area that meet in one church meetinghouse for Sunday meetings. A "stake" is a small collection of wards from the same area within the state in which they live. A "branch" is a smaller version of a ward. It's run the same way as a ward, but may not include as many people. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

While we strive to treat all of God's children with respect, we strongly encourage heterosexual relationships. We believe that families are of extreme importance, and that children can learn the best from both men and women, who love each other and work in harmony. Therefore, we know that a nuclear family consisting of a mother and a father are ideal. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Nope! I wondered that, too. It's true that Mormons did have multiple spouses once upon a time, but that time has passed. We follow the laws, and do not practice polygamy. There are a few sects which are NOT part of the Church that still practice this. You may see them on the news occasionally. We are different groups. The members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do not practice polygamy. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Christ often referred to feeding the hungry and clothing the naked. Since we strive to follow Christ, we too want to help those who are lacking the resources to provide for themselves. It's up to us to help others! Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

"Mormon" is just a nickname. We're called the Mormons for a few reasons. The biggest difference between us and other Christian religions is the fact that we use The Bible AND the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Although there may be extreme situations, overall we oppose abortion. We think that all people are important, especially to God. He loves each of us, and wants us to have experiences on this Earth, and experience family, love, trials, etc. We all deserve the right to live. Show more Show less