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Hi I'm Catherine

I grew up in Ann Arbor. I currently live in New York City. My catholic parents converted when I was younger and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a musician and am proficient in violin, piano, and voice. I enjoy performance and was involved with theatre in high school. I am a freelance filmmaker and enjoy taking pictures and making movies in my spare time. I love history and politics, and am active in my community. I love to learn and am currently attending Brigham Young University-Idaho, focusing on communications and political science. I want to go into advertising and public relations. I was born Catholic but raised LDS after my mother converted to the church. I love learning about the gospel and am striving to live a Christ centered life. I love my family and the church has brought us closer together and brought out the best in each of us.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Catholic. My parents were Catholic, my grandparents are Catholic, and as far as I know my family back to my great-great grandparents were Catholic. You can imagine my family's surprise when my Mother a devout Catholic decided to not only check out the "Mormon Church" but become an active member in the church. I don't ever really remember going to Catholic mass when I was little, but I do remember listen to the missionary discussions with my mom and my first time going to the LDS church. I remember the kindness that was shown to my mother and my family. People didn't look at my mom and I as outsiders, they made us feel like were loved. Shortly after my mom was baptized, my father started looking into the church. He at first was hesitant, as he wasn't really "into the whole religion thing", but after a while my dad came to realize the truthfulness of the church and was baptized. A couple years later we were sealed together for all eternity in a temple of God. The gospel truly changes minds as well as hearts. I know that the church is the true church of God, restored through a modern prophet, Joseph Smith. I know that we can receive revelation for ourselves directly from God. We have a prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson, and he truly receives revelation for the church and the world from the Lord. I know that the Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ and is a tool that we can use to enrich our lives and use as a guide as to how we are to live. We are all children of a loving Heavenly Father, who knows each of us personally and loves us each person individually. Most importantly, I know that Jesus Christ is my savior and that he died for each of us. He loved each person so much that even if there were only one person he had to die for he would do it. I know he knows how we feel and he suffered so we can always say that there is someone who understands us. I know all of these things to be true and this is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Church isn't just a Sunday activity, that after three hours I'm done with for the rest of the week, it's a lifestyle.The gospel is a very important part of my life, and I like to share this with others. Every member is a missionary in our church and you don't need a suit and a name tag in order to share the truth to others. As a young single adult there many activities, social gatherings, and service opportunities to keep you busy and meeting people. I have had the opportunity to teach others and make lasting relationships within the church. Family Home Evening, which occurs every Monday night is a way to get connected as a family and grow closer together. As a single you can attend Family Home Evening with a church group. I have found that these groups become like mock families and are a great way to not only meet people but grow spiritually by being with different kinds of people. There are programs that keep everyone connected such as Home Teaching and Visiting Teaching. These programs keep members in touch with one another, give opportunities to share gospel messages and lessons with one another, and make sure that no one is lost out there and forgotten. I love the people I teach and feel the love of those who teach me. Our church is a church of action and community. There is no greater community than that of the New York City community. It is hard being a member in New York there are so many pressures and enticing temptations, but going to church gives me the strength to continue to be an example throughout my week. At church I am reminded that there are people who share my values and they live right in the city I live in. New York living can be tough, but I think of my church friends and their great example and say that I can get though this.