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Hi I'm Cathy

I grew up in Illinois, now live in California, have a BA in Psychology, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married with 6 children. 3 are mine, 3 are my husbands. But, we consider them all ours. I have a BA in Psychology, but am currently not working. I have been a Mormon since 2010.

Why I am a Mormon

Some Mormons (a father and a son) showed up on my door step 5 years ago. I asked them to tell me why they didn't think they were a cult, so they sent the missionaries to me to answer all of the hard questions I had. I knew I could convert them by showing them the truth! However, in the process of doing so, my son got baptized into the church. Upon seeing the changes in him, my daughter got baptized into the church. I stopped meeting with the missionaries because I just wasn't ready to stop living my life the way I wanted to. I was sure that being a Mormon meant being a bore. That it meant having no fun, ever! But 3 years later, the missionaries would still visit my children once in a while, and I would eavesdrop, just waiting to catch them in some untruth. It never happened. Then my daughter invited a 15 year old friend to go on a church tour. I insisted that I go to keep them from brainwashing her. During that tour, the Holy Spirit really spoke to me through the art work, through the silence, through the words of the missionaries, and through the tears of this precious girl. I started studying with the missionaries in earnest, but wasn't willing to change. I prayed about it, and knew I was in the right church, but still wasn't ready to get baptized because I wasn't ready to stop having fun. So, I prayed for one more sign. My mother-in-law had a book of Mormon and it had somehow been on our bookshelf for years. I opened it to the bookmarked page that she had marked years earlier. There was one highlighted passage so I read what it had to say. It was exactly what I needed. It said, "For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ, the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father." (Mosiah 3:19) In that instant, the desire to continue my "fun" was gone. I didn't feel the need to continue down that path. I knew that the Holy Spirit had guided me to those words, which had been marked all those years ago. I called the missionaries right away and told them to schedule the baptism. That I was ready. I went from what some called the "Missionary Crusher" because of my stubbornness and hard questions, to being a missionary in my own way. I love to share my testimony that I know that the Church is Jesus' church, restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that God didn't stop sending his people prophets, and that we have a living prophet that we can look to for guidance today. I know that I know that I know that this church is true.

How I live my faith

My calling in the church is to be a Cub Scout leader for the 8 year olds. I know that I am an example to these boys and that I must be willing to live everything that I am teaching them. That helps me be accountable for my actions and helps me make good choices.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

For me, the only way to know that the church is true is to read the Book of Mormon for yourself, pray about it, and ask for God to reveal an answer to you. The Bible tells us that if we are unsure about something, that we need to ask and seek an answer from God. James 1:5 reads, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." You can't write a movie review or a book review based on the things that other people say who have never seen the movie or read the book. However, that's what a lot of people try to do. They try to deny the Book of Mormon and the LDS religion based on what other people, who have never read or studied our beliefs, say. Find out for yourself. Read and pray about it and I promise you that you will receive an answer for yourself. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Absolutely! The Bible is God's Word. It is Holy Scripture! Show more Show less

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

What happens in the temple isn't secret, it's sacred. That's why we don't talk about it or let just anyone go and participate in the ordinances that happen there. In the temple, we believe that the veil between heaven and earth is very thin. Therefore, one must be living the way that God would have them live in order to go. Show more Show less