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Hi I'm Caytee

I'm a mom, a wife, a nurse, and have a testimony of Jesus Christ!

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Utah as the youngest of six children. I have been happily married for almost three years now and am a new mother. I finished college a few years ago and currently work part time in the Newborn ICU as a nurse to help support my husband through college and our young family. I enjoy being active. I absolutely love volleyball and most any other sport. I also love to hike, camp, explore, and go fishing with my husband. Also, I am going to try to tackle a marathon in a few months. Yep, you can call me crazy!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Mormon faith and I can honestly say that I took it for granite as a child. Then as I became older and began to make decisions on my own, I had a few questions about whether this religion was true. I began to read the Book of Mormon more carefully and study out the teachings of the prophet. One day, I took a walk to my grandfather's graveside by myself. He had passed away several years earlier but I had a great friendship with him. I decided that I would pray right then and there whether this church was truly The Church of Jesus Christ. I prayed with all earnestness and really sought for an answer that was individual for me. Not too long after, I was truly, even physically comforted. I remember vividly thinking to myself, "You have always known, Caytee." It's true. In my heart I have always known that this is the church which our Heavenly Father has set apart the truthfulness of His gospel. He sent His Son to live an die for us so that I could live again in His presence. He knew that I would lead an imperfect life, and that I would need a Savior to atone for my sins. I love Him. I need Him. I am forever grateful to Him for sending me this truth.

How I live my faith

I am open about what I believe. I don't drink alcohol, smoke or drink coffee or tea. I dress modestly. I try to read my scriptures often and go to church and the temple as often as I can. I pray. I visit those who may be in need of my service. I try to live what I preach so that when people notice that I am "different" I can show them that it is by the way I live, that I show my love to my Heavenly Father.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Caytee
If you believed in something so strongly, something that was such a big part of your life, that made you want to be better every day, and that brought you closer to the true teachings of Heavenly Father, you would "proselyte" too! The Savior taught His disciples, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations" (Matthew 28:19). As followers of Jesus Christ, members of His Church are enthusiastic about proclaiming the good news of His restored gospel to all who are willing to listne. Carlost E. Asay, a Church leader, said, "(There is) a marvelous phenomenon which occurs among men when the light of the gospel illuminates their lives. Almost instinctively, it seems, the light of truth sparks a desire to share. When our minds are expanded by new knowledge, we want others to know; when our spirits are elevated by heavenly influence, we want others to feel; and when our lives are filled with goodness, we want others, particularly those whom we love, to enjoy similar experiences." You may have seen missionaries riding on bicycles or walking door to door, sharing their message. They are doing everything they can to seek out people who may be interested in learning more about Jesus Christ and God's plan for their happiness. They serve in pairs, for "in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established" (Matthew 18:16). Missionaries volunteer full-time service for a period of eighteen months to two years. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Caytee
The family truly is the foundation of our church. We are taught that you come to know God first within the walls of your own home, in an atmosphere where love abides. We uplift and support one another and seek to teach each other. Of course, none of us have perfect families, but we are striving to bring the spirit that we feel at church and in the temple within our own homes so that we may always have His spirit to be with us. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Caytee
I'm a proud Mormon mom! We are 50% of the church and are mothers to the other 50% of the church, so we think we are pretty important. By divine design, fathers are to watch over and teach their families in love and righteousness. They are to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers should help one another as equal partners. (Taken from "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" which was written by the twelve modern Apostles through inspiration from the Lord.) We believe that both parents should be involved in the care and discipline of children. We work together to make family goals and work towards them with our children. If parents are not in harmony and do not have mutual respect, the children may become confused and lose confidence in their parents. Both parents should be unified and intimately involved in the upbringing of their children. The Apostle Paul taught that "neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 11:11). In the sight of God, and in the marriage relationship, men and women are equally important. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Caytee
We meet each Sunday at church. Everyone is welcome for this is where we are taught gospel principles and doctrine from our presiding leaders and from one another. There is a place for young men, young women, and children to learn as well as adults. The temple is a place that we strive to become worthy to enter. After meeting with our presiding leaders, if we are found worthy, we receive a temple recommend, which allows us to enter the temple and receive additional blessings. Show more Show less