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Hi I'm Cathy

I'm a Hoosier, cancer survivor, mom and I am a Mormon.

About Me

As I held my newborn daughter, I knew in my heart a career change from the IRS to "stay at home mom" was eminent. The past 23 years filled with tears of both joy and sorrow mark my sojourn as teacher, mentor, nurturer and cheerleader for my 3 children. Along the way I served as #1 sports fan, 4-H club and folklore project leader, Sunday School and seminary teacher, and Boy Scout support person. Currently, you may also find me as a substitute teacher for 5th and 6th grade, piano teacher, caring for my elderly parents or working on a part time auction type business. Some report seeing me attempting to run, sew, read, garden or work on family history. What would I do for the rest of my life, if I could? I would spend my days playing piano, traveling, roaming art museums, learning, teaching humanities, and of course, enjoying many more days with my precious family!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I am happy living the teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As a Mormon, I am encouraged to pray and study the Bible and Book of Mormon both of which teach me about Jesus Christ. Through prayer, gospel study and participating in church attendance and ordinances, I feel peace, strength and direction in life. As a Mormon, I am encouraged to serve others. Whether I am serving with my husband as church service missionaries leading the Addiction Recovery Program, other women in our congregation as a friend or my own family; I feel God's love. I know as I pray, study, serve and endeavor to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ; I will find everlasting joy. The bonus is that I can find this joy with my family: my dear parents, wonderful husband and amazing children. I know that everyone can come to Jesus Christ in the same way I have through a desire to know truth, personal prayer, and a commitment to follow the teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ. I would invite any seekers of truth to study and prayerfully consider the words found in The Book of Mormon and Bible.

How I live my faith

My husband and I are service missionaries with the specific assignment of implementing the Addiction Recovery Program. Each week we lead a group using the "A Guide to Addiction Recovery and Healing" based on the AA 12 step program. This guide is published under the direction of LDS Family Services and can be viewed online through providentliving.org/familyservices. We have been working with this program for 10 months and have seen the miracle of healing from the destruction of addiction through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The Addiction Recovery Program helps individuals suffering from addiction and their families learn how to be healed by surrendering themselves to the power of God that restores them to physical and spiritual health. This is an amazing journey to witness. I have watched class member transformed from despondent desperate souls to smiling self-confident individuals looking to serve and support other members of the class. This is Atonement of Jesus Christ in action. I love to attend the group meetings because I can feel the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ. How He loves each and every soul and desires all to know joy and happiness! I watch as He envelopes those deep in pain and anguish and leads them gently to complete recovery. This is a rare opportunity to see and feel the love of our Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son. In addition to participating in the Addiction Recovery Program, I also visit with 3 women in our congregation each month. As a friend and I visit these women we share our friendship, encouragement, and faith with one another. Occasionally we share chocolate chip cookies too! Another opportunity I enjoy is playing piano to accompany hymn singing for our women's organization meeting. I love to play the piano. When I can accompany the beautiful voices of the women in our congregation, I can feel their faith in the Savior and am strengthened in my faith. Music truly can be a prayer.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

The Lord restored the priesthood to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in 1829. Following this example, "women do not hold the priesthood because the Lord has put it that way. It is part of His program," explained Gordon B. Hinckley, former President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Just as men have the opportunity to serve the Lord through the priesthood, the women have other opportunities to serve the Lord through leadership in the auxiliary organizations. I have been president of the women's organization and children's organization in our congregation. As such I have been a part of the council, or advisory body for our congregation. These experiences have given me opportunities to learn and give back to the members of our congregation through administrative responsibilities, teaching opportunities and moments to serve the individual. As Gordon B. Hinckley further reflected, "In this Church the man neither walks ahead of his wife nor behind his wife but at her side. They are co-equals in this life in a great enterprise." Show more Show less