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Hi I'm Catherine

I love a good bargain, bake a mean Lemon-Coconut cake, am terrible at math, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for 30 years and have 4 children (all married) and 5 grandchildren that I'm crazy about. I look older on the outside than I feel on the inside. I think shoes, friends, a day on the beach, or a good belly laugh cure a multitude of ills. I am creative and am happiest when I'm working on a project. My life has been an incredible, rich journey and although it hasn't always been perfect, I have come to acknowledge that those are the times that have made me who I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I can sum up in two words why the gospel means so much to me: family and peace. I feel peace as I read the New Testament and recognize that the way Christ set up His church while he was on the earth thousands of years ago (a prophet, twelve apostles, revelation, etc) is the same church that I belong to today. I recognize that if a prophet made sense in those days, it surely makes sense in this modern day. That the Jesus who died then is the same One whose sacrifice allows me the opportunity to live eternally with the family I love so much. I am so grateful for the knowledge that I am a daughter of God, and that knowledge, in turn, gives me the perspective to make choices that reflect my divine heritage. Every question I've had has been answered to my satisfaction and I am confident that the concepts taught in the gospel of Jesus Christ enable me to teach my family the tools they'll need to succeed, give back, and be contributing members of society. My cherished membership in the gospel of Jesus Christ helps put trials and challeneges in their proper context, offers constant reassurance that it's possible to create excellence in my corner of the world, experience joy and success, and thrive.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day. It can be something really minor, like smiling and making eye contact and thanking the girl that bags my groceries, or being a courteous driver, or helping the mom sitting next to me with a fussy baby on a crowded airplane, or stopping in the middle of a busy day to call or visit someone who might be struggling, or something more time consuming like serving in my church or being PTA president. When my kids were younger and lived at home, I enjoyed volunteering at their schools and on other committees accociated with their activities and interests. Now that my kids are older, I find that my involvement in the community is more broad. I recently participated with several hundred other Mormons to install a new playground and plant trees in a neighboring park. Currently, I help plan activities and lessons that will promote service, unity and education for the all the women in our congregation. Choosing to involve myself in service reminds me to focus on what's going on around me rather than my own trials and concerns. It's a powerful reminder that we are all connected, regardless of our religion, background, ethnicity or marital status and that we have the ability to lift and strengthen each other.