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Hi I'm Catherine

I am a Christian and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a native Californian who enjoys softball on Labor Day, the Hollywood Bowl each summer and Huntington Beach on the Fourth of July. I grew up the only girl of six brothers, where reenacting Star Wars was a regular occurrence. After memorizing as many Barbra Streisand and Andrew Lloyd Weber albums that I could get a hold of, I started singing in high school and training my voice in college. Since finishing college, I've done everything from community productions to side projects, including back up for an Elvis impersonator. Professionally I am an accountant. After being a bridesmaid nine times (remember loads of brothers), I finally married my tall, blonde and blue-eyed computer nerd, and couldn't be happier.

Why I am a Mormon

No other religion has brought me more joy or sense of community. Logically, there is consistency in every congregation I've attended (from South America to Western Europe) which tells me there is a higher power in control. Any other worldwide organization would not be so consistent. I also think the Book of Mormon really came from God. When I read even just a few verses from it, I feel an internal peace that calms my stressful life.

How I live my faith

I try to read from the scriptures as often as possible. I often attend the temple in Los Angeles with my husband, a place unlike any other. Once a week we have a night that we call Family Night, where we take time to share a thought from our studies in the scriptures and do something fun (froyo runs are admittedly the most common). On Sunday's, I teach the children's chorus ( or Primary) songs about Christ, making good choices, and observing the beauty in the world. We otherwise live our faith by treating everyone we meet with respect and acceptance.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Catherine
I've seen lots of people come to our church and lots never come back. I've also seen many come to our church and never want to leave. In my opinion, the growth of the Church can be attributed to the good people who want to be good and do good. While there is nothing superior about how we do things, our culture expects and encourages it in a way that is almost addicting! You do good, you feel good! We are not better than any other members of any faith. We are simply different. But it is tough to be Mormon! It is not popular nor is it always attractive. However, it has grown and will continue to grow because our principles don't change or adapt to the evolving trends of fashion, pop culture or basic morality. When people are sick of trying to keep up with expectations that cannot be attained, they gravitate to our principles because they are different, challenging and uplifting. Show more Show less