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Hi I'm Cathie

I just recently became an empty nester. I look forward now to new learning and service experiences. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a wife, a mother of three and stepmother of three more. I also have 3 amazing grandchildren. I guess 3 is my lucky number right now! I am a registered nurse having worked in the OR for many years and now working in research. I am a people person and love serving others. Over 30 years ago I served a mission for the Mormon church in Guatemala and El Salvador and learned to speak Spanish. Learning Spanish has provided me with many opportunities that I would not have ordinarily had, especially in regards to my nursing. I have been able to travel back to Guatemala several times to do volunteer work as a nurse with Project Guatemala and with the Hirsche Smiles Foundation. I love any type of sport involving water. I ski cross country, water and downhill. I love to hike and snowshoe. I love to read and cook but most of all I love family time.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. The gospel provides me with answers to the deep and often heart wrenching questions that are part of life. It provides me with a set of core values on which to base my life work. It provides me with comfort and courage to help me through the hard times and makes the good times even better! It helps me to be a better wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. I am a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ and am trying to be more like Him.

How I live my faith

My faith is who I am. Each step I take, each decision I make is based upon the teachings and understandings I have received through study and prayer. Currently I spend much of my time as a youth leader. I am the president of an organization of about 100 young women between the ages of 12 and 18. In this organization, our focus is to help the young women 'Come unto Christ'. We do this mostly through study, worship, service to each other,family, and in the community, and through wholesome fun activities.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Cathie
This is a really good question and as I serve in the temple one day a week I am happy to try to answer it. The temple is a very sacred rather than secret place. It is the house of the Lord. Just as in ancient times it is important that a person is prepared to enter the temple. In order to enter the temple, a person must have an interview with and receive a recommend from his bishop. In this interview he will be asked certain questions about how he lives his life. A person must be living a moral life. He must keep his body free from impurities such as alcohol or tobacco. He must be honest in all aspects of his life. He must be paying a full tithing 10% of one's earnings to the church. In the temple we make promises to our Heavenly Father and He in turn promises us certain blessings. These promises and blessings are called covenants. As is spoken of in the Bible, work for the dead is performed. So those attending are most often in the service of others. There are ordinances such as baptisms, and marriages performed in the temples. We are 'sealed' together as families for eternity. We believe that these ordinances are eternal, based upon a person's worthiness. That is why you often will hear Mormons say that "Families are Forever!". Show more Show less