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Hi I'm Catherine

I'm American-born Chinese. I became a Mormon at age 17. I have 6 kids and grandkids too! I love to run and bike with friends.

About Me

I love my family. I love to serve them. I love fixing delicious meals that my family looks forward to. I love eating together, it's the best part of the day! I love to run and bike. I love to train for races with my girlfriends, and memories of marathons, Ragnar relay, century ride, etc. I love being a Mormon. I love learning and serving others. I love the scriptures. I love knowing where I can find truth and having truth confirmed to me by the power of the Holy Ghost. There is no greater source than the Lord!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Culver City, a suburb of Los Angeles. My mother having converted to Catholicism in China, took us to Catholic mass on Easter and Christmas. My father attended even though he was agnostic. After moving to Huntington Beach, when I was 15, we started attending mass regularly. How I loved to hear the choir sing, especially a young blind woman with a beautiful voice! One Sunday I picked up four free booklets, one of each gospel of the New Testament. I took them with me on a family outing to the Los Angeles zoo. Surrounded by God's creations, the scriptures testified to me that Christ lived, was crucified, and resurrected. Tears poured down my face as the spirit filled my soul with joy! Also about this time, our family was introduced to the Mormon church by some friends. We started to learn more about Christ. The missionaries visited with us regularly for two years, and our circle of Mormon friends grew. My parents converted and were baptized. My mother desired a loving family like so many of the Mormon families she knew. My father accepted Christianity for the first time. With their decision, I was not following suit until I believed in Mormonism myself. So I began to study the Book of Mormon seriously with the missionaries. One day, while reading the Book of Mormon, I thought I had discovered a contradiction that falsified its verity. I anxiously went to show my mother. However, in my attempt to do so, I had a complete stupor of thought and could no longer identify the contradiction. Bewildered, I returned to my room and prayed to the Lord to know the meaning of my confusion. While still on my knees, the spirit testified to me that I could not disprove the truth of the Book of Mormon. Once again the spirit filled my soul with joy as I realized the Lord had answered my prayers! That's why I'm a Mormon!

How I live my faith

One of the greatest blessings in my life is to be sealed to my family for time and all eternity. This is a covenant that I entered into with my husband and the Lord in the Los Angeles Temple on my wedding day, over thirty years ago. Through this sealing covenant, I am promised, through my worthiness and faithfulness, to have my husband and my children in a family relationship for time and all eternity. As a new bride, I didn't realize how important this was. But over the years, this sealing covenant has provided us with an eternal vision that has enabled us to work through the bumps of marriage and family life. In 2001, we experienced one of these "bumps" that, without our temple covenants, would have been devastating. My youngest daughter was three years old. Courtney was the favorite of the family, so full of personality! Then on August 28, 2001, she was hit by a car and instantly left us. As I held her lifeless body in my arms for the last time, I knew her spirit was no longer on the earth. She had returned to her heavenly home. I knew from the teachings of the Book of Mormon that little children who die are alive in Christ through His Atonement, and that she had inherited eternal life. I knew from my sealing covenants that although the trials of mortality could separate us, we would be together again as an eternal family if I held true to those covenants. That night, I knew I couldn't want Courtney back because she had gone ahead to that wonderful place where I wanted all of my family to be. I live my faith by keeping the covenants I make with the Lord. I live my faith by having hope and finding peace in the Lord's promises. I live my faith by faithfully enduring to the end in order to obtain eternal life and to be with Courtney again.