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Hi I'm Cathy Harrell

I live in Eagle River, Alaska. My favorite things in life are spending time with family and friends. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Virginia surrounded by family and the influence of centuries of American history and ancestry. Some of my favorite hobbies were visiting historical sights, sampling the wonderful southern food prepared by family and friends, and enjoying the warm friendly culture of the area. Later, after I married and moved overseas with my husband, I was even more grateful for my heritage and many family connections. After 21 years of moving around as a military family, we settled in Alaska where we continued to raise our five children. Now empty nesters, it's a challenge to stay in touch with children and grandchildren when they live so far away from us. But thanks to modern technology, we continue to spend as much time together as we can. I always want my family to know how much I love them and how important they are to me.

Why I am a Mormon

Shortly after my husband and I were married he was assigned to a military base in Germany. Being away from family and friends for the first time in our lives we began to search for a church to attend. Shortly thereafter, we were introduced to the LDS missionaries who began teaching us about their faith and beliefs. Because of the wonderful spirit they brought into our homes and their ability to answer our questions about religion we came to know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the restored gospel that is the same gospel that Christ preached during his life on this earth. We have continued to remain active in His church for 34 years and have been blessed beyond anything we could have imagined for ourselves and our families. Our family has been sealed in a temple of the Lord for eternity and we continue to attend the temple regularly to perform saving ordinances for our ancestors who died without the opportunity to accept the gospel for themselves. We enjoy so much peace and happiness amid the trials of life that come to us all. We enjoy a personal relationship with our Savior and have the gift of the Holy Ghost to help guide our daily lives. We have a living prophet who receives revelation for our church and is the Lords mouthpiece during this time. We have the Book of Mormon and other scripture written by ancient prophets who add to the testimony and teaching of the Holy Bible. It is a wonderful time to live on this earth and witness the many miracles that are around us each day.

How I live my faith

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This is not only a wise saying but a gospel principle. I try to always treat others as honestly as I can. I find strength and courage amid life trials by holding fast to the teachings of Christ. Reading the scriptures, praying daily, attending church meetings and associating with good friends and family keep my faith strong and active. Serving others is also of importance and helps us to see that our own difficulties diminish when we immerse ourselves in helping others. Often it's the simple things that mean so much, a smile, a friendly conversation, or something fresh from the oven or garden. It's really about loving others and when we try to look for ways to love others then service is a blessing. It helps the giver as much or even more than the receiver. It's like having the spirit of Christmas, or the spirit of Christ, all the year through.