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Hi I'm Caitlin

My husband and I are the only members of the church in a Chinese city of 4 million. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in one of the many small communities in Alberta, Canada settled by Mormon pioneers. I went to university at BYU in Provo, Utah which is famous for its highly concentrated Mormon population. Now, I'm in China with my husband teaching English for ten months. We're the only Latter-day Saints in a city of 4 million, but we continue to have Family Home Evening on Monday nights, read our scriptures, say our prayers, interact online with other foreigners who are members of the church living in China, and we're even planning a trip to the temple in Hong Kong.

Why I am a Mormon

Some may suspect I am only a Mormon because that is the religion of my family, and it is true that as a child it was important for me to rely on the beliefs of my parents and leaders. But it is actually my life's blessings and trials that have pushed me to decide for myself what is true. I am a Mormon because of my own testimony of Christ and His role as Saviour on earth. I am a Mormon because of the small, but profound miracles I have witnessed. I am a Mormon because of the great work that is going on by the church members to teach, aid, and uplift. I am a Mormon because of the times when life seemed too crazy and too challenging and yet I felt the peace and calm of righteous living.

How I live my faith

One of the biggest themes in the gospel is love. No matter what's going on the world--natural disasters, political disturbance, societal disintegration--we are all to love each other as the Saviour loves us. That's what I try to do in my home and in my community. Sometimes sharing the gospel can be socially awkward or even prohibited by law, but being kind, polite, friendly, and just plain decent is always allowed and in style; being an daily example of the Saviour often doesn't require anymore than this.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Caitlin
About three and a half years into my marriage my husband and I began to feel uncomfortably like were "floating". It was a very difficult time as we decided what our next move was in life--children, jobs, location, school, etc. Through the gift of the Holy Ghost, we were able to pray and receive guidance and direction very specific for our needs. One of the blessings I have experienced since that revelation is that I can continue to receive that same witness over and over again as I need constant reminding. The Holy Ghost is a comfort to me because it tells me directly what the Lord wants me to do and even how to do it, if I will but ask. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Caitlin
I think people who ask this question may be asking the wrong thing. The word "Christian" is often debated among different faiths, so instead of asking that, I would ask "Do Mormons believe in Christ?" And the answer is YES! We preach of Christ, we talk of christ, and we believe in his role as a Saviour and Redeemer of the world. Every member of the Church must gain his or her own testimony of this, but the Church's entire purpose is to follow Christ, who is at the head of the Church. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Caitlin
Everything we have is the Lord's. I already know that's true, so it's not hard for me to give a little of what I have back to him. I would give more if he asked. And it's not even really going back to Him. He uses my money to bless the lives of other people in countless ways--missionary efforts, humanitarian aid, temple building, education. He knows better than me where it needs to go and with the help of his true disciples, our Church leaders, it gets there. Paying tithing is something that I have really gained a testimony of over the years. When I pay tithing, I always seem to have enough and to spare. My budgeting skills also seem to improve as I take time to put that 10 percent where it can do the most good and then see what I have left to take care of my own needs. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Caitlin
I believe that the Word of Wisdom is often over-stressed as part of our beliefs. There is so much more to the gospel than rules about diet, which happen to promote health. But, as a member of the Church in China I am frequently asked by both foreign and Chinese nationals why I don't drink tea. While China permits freedom of religion, no active or passive proselyting is allowed, so I am very careful how I answer them. Usually, I just turn the question on them and ask why they do drink tea. Almost always I get answers like it's part of our culture or it's just habit. Many people also believe very strongly in the health benefits of tea, so it is hard to just explain that "it's bad for you" like I maybe could with alcohol and tobacco, so I usually politely point out that water is also healthy and isn't addictive. Show more Show less