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Hi I'm Cathy

I'm a Mormon. I've been a local elected official for the past 22 years and am currently a member of the City Council where I live.

About Me

I grew up locally, graduated from community college, then received a BS in Dental Hygiene and have practiced as a clinical dental hygienist for the past 45 years. I have been married to my husband, Dave for 46 years. We have 7 adult children and 21 grandchildren ranging in ages from 4-20. They live in CA, AZ and Utah. Dave is a Periodontist who has practiced locally for 29 years. Our three sons served missions for the Church and our oldest grandson is serving a mission in Ecuador. I served on local school boards for 14 years and have served on our City Council for the past 8 1/2 years. I am also a teacher and work as a Teacher On Special Assignment for a local career & technical public school facilitating special projects for the Executive Director. My husband and I enjoy taking our grandkids on trips to study California and American history. I love doing family history and enjoy taking trips to see where family members lived in the past. I also enjoy choral singing and reading historical fiction. I recently graduated from the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy with a Master of Leadership. That was something on my "bucket list" that I have always wanted to do. In the future, my husband and I look forward to serving a mission for the Church.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Christians but not members of the LDS Church. During World War II while my father fought on Iwo Jima he made a promise to Heavenly Father that if he returned home to his family, he would seek out the true Church to join. After the war, he worked for the Los Angeles County Fire Department where he came in contact with a fireman who was a member of the LDS Church. This association led to our family joining the Church of Jesus Christ. I have always held a deep, strong belief that The Church of Jesus Christ is the most correct & true Church on the earth. I have had many experiences occur in my life that have further solidified my knowledge & belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Everything about the gospel makes perfect sense. I love the fact that our Church builds on the foundation of the Old Testament. Consequently, I feel a closeness to those of the Jewish faith.The Old Testament testifies & preaches of the coming of the Savior Jesus Christ. There are so many scriptures in the Old Testament that are relevant to our Temple worship today. We can be resurrected & live eternally. Families can be together forever after death. Malachi 4:5-6 explains the Prophet Elijah will return to the earth & turn the hearts of the children to their fathers & the hearts of the fathers to the children. Elijah did return to the earth to the Kirtland Temple on Easter Sunday, April 3, 1836 (Passover) & restore the Keys of the Sealing power once again to the earth!

How I live my faith

Ever since I joined the Church I have loved being involved not only in Church responsibilities but also in trying to live the gospel in the world. I am not perfect by any means, only trying to be!! In our Church there are no paid staff positions, consequently the members volunteer to teach classes, run organizations, etc. When I was a senior in high school I began teaching the 8 year olds in Sunday School. I still remember who was in my class and the feelings of gratitude I had for being able to be the teacher. Over the years I have volunteered (served) in many capacities in the Church-teaching teenagers in Sunday School, being President of the Children's organization (Primary) and the teenage girl's organization (Young Women). I have participated in choral music which I love and now I am a teacher in the adult women's organization (Relief Society). I try to be an example of a good Christian in the community and in the world. For the past 21 years as I have served on local school boards and the city council, I have attempted to be an example of my beliefs but also to thoughtfully consider those things that would be appropriate and beneficial for my community. I attempt to be an example to my 7 children, their spouses and my 21 grandchildren. My husband and I plan family gatherings, activities and vacations so we can all spend time together. We take our grandchildren on trips so they can gain a deeper understanding of the legacy of our country and learn their responsibilities as citizens. We also take our grandchildren who are 12 years and older on Temple trips. When the Savior was 12, his parents found him in the Temple!! We have visited over 25 Temples in states as far away as New York. Most community members know I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints & they expect me to live up to my beliefs. It is my desire and goal to do so. I will always strive to be a good example of the Savior, Jesus Christ.