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Hi I'm Cathy

I'm a convert and grateful to be a Mormon.

About Me

I wasn't always a Mormon. I'm probably not a good example of 'Mormon' now. But I know my Heavenly Father loves me and becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been the greatest, most worthwhile and smartest thing I have ever done and ever will do with my life. Thirty years ago, missionaries came to my door and for humanly inexplicable reasons I decided to let them in and not be rude to them (for a change). My life has never been the same since and I certainly would not ever want it to be. With the love of my Savior and the guidance of the gospel, I altered the course of my life that would have otherwise met with destruction. Today I own a business that is thriving despite the poor economy and though I am not rich, I have never suffered for the necessities of life. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by the most wonderful, kind and loving, family and friends that anyone could ever hope for. I may not be the best example of my faith but I stand firm in the knowledge that my Heavenly Father loves me and guides me and I'm happy to say, "I am a Mormon."

Why I am a Mormon

Thirty-six years ago I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl who lived for only 8 months. I was devastated by her death and left in agony with doubts and questions about her purpose. I was angry with God, though I didn't really believe He existed, for taking my first child from me. It wasn't until my second child, a son, was three years old that missionaries came to my door. Previously I had never been receptive to organized religions or even religious people but I still had haunting questions that I wanted to know their answers to. When they taught me the purpose of life and where my baby went after her death, I knew immediately in my heart that I would see her again someday. It was like she was restored to me then in that moment because I could feel her spirit rejoicing that I had found her again and forever. She is always with me in spirit now and the pain of our separation is gone. In fact, I know she's blessed for being spiritually stronger and more pure than I because she does not have to endure the same trials of mortality that I have had and still have to experience. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I want to be like my special daughter. I still have much to learn.

How I live my faith

Since I was baptized, I have held many callings and my favorite has to have been the several years I spent leading the nursery in my ward. What a fun blessing it was to go to church each Sunday and sit on the floor and play with the little ones. I felt it was my personal duty to God to be sure that each of his little ones felt safe and secure and cherished and loved in their first experiences with the gospel of our Savior. Currently I am teaching Sunday School to the youth. I love this calling because I am still learning myself but it is also preparing me with experience to serve a mission of my own when I am able to do so.

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

Our temples are literally the houses of our Lord. I'd like to liken the Lord's house to my own, but sadly my personal home is hardly decorated or even cleaned to what I'm sure the Lord's standards must be. Still I don't let just anybody in my home. Nevertheless, the Lord's home, beyond the beautiful and impressive decor, is a highly spiritual and personal experience for all those who visit there. And the Lord is very selective in guests that He allows entrance. Not only is He certain no one's going to come in and put their feet up on the furniture, but He's also certain that those who come into his home are willing to learn and are receptive to the teachings that are presented there. To prove ourselves worthy to enter, we obey his laws and commandments, such as not partaking of substances He has deemed inappropriate for us and paying our tithes to support His church, amongst other things. Show more Show less

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

This is a controversial subject for me because I have a friend who is openly homosexual. I love him and care deeply about his salvation, so of course we've had a few heated debates on this subject. I think it's safe to say he does not see my point, nor does he feel the same love for me as I do for him. The fact is that God and Jesus Christ love him as much as they do me, but I enjoy greater satisfaction, happiness and blessings in my life for the choices I make regarding my sexuality. I choose to abstain from sexual relations outside of marriage. And I believe that marriage is ordained by God to be between male and female only. I am 58 years old. I was divorced when I was 43. Countless times I've dated men who think my celibacy is unnatural to say the least. Yet celibacy has nothing to do with gender or sexual preference. I am heterosexual, but I could go to my bishop tomorrow and say I'm lesbian and I would still not be denied membership status or privileges. Membership and blessings are denied only upon disobedience to gospel principles. Show more Show less