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Hi I'm Catherine

I'm married to my best friend. I'm a mom to four incredible kids. And I know I'm a daughter of God, because I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Someday I'll walk hand in hand with my husband through the fall leaves in Vermont. Someday I'll walk out into a beautifully landscaped backyard. Someday I'll have more projects completed than are on my to do list. Someday I'll create things regardless of how little money I have in my bank account. Someday I'll work as long and as hard as I want to without having to ice and rest from chronic pain. Someday. But even if "someday" never comes, I have today. Today I will spend time with my amazing kids that fill my life with joy. Today I will hold my husband a little closer with gratitude for all he does. Today I will stop folding laundry when I hear laughter in the next room and go and join the fun. Today I will eat breakfast with my family instead of watching them eat while I do dishes. Today I will clean a modest, cozy house and remember the miracle of how it became ours. Today I will tell my daughter how much I admire her as she valiantly lives each day. Today I will tell my son how thankful I am for his tender heart. Today I will count my blessings, not just once, but twice. Today I will acknowledge Heavenly Father's plan for me and my family. Today my heart is full because I know that I have a loving Heavenly Father and He has a personal plan for me...today...and for eternity.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I learned from the time I was born that I had a Heavenly Father and a brother who gave His life for me. When I turned eight, I was baptized and confirmed. I went to church on Sundays with my family. We read scriptures, prayed together and spent time together. I never doubted what I was taught. It made me happy and I trusted my parents. I had been told stories about Joseph Smith many times. I never doubted that he had seen Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and was an instrument in their hands as he helped restore the gospel. But then one day something changed. When I was 17, my family lived near the city of Nauvoo. One Sunday a conference for our area was held in Nauvoo. After attending the conference, my family went to the Nauvoo Temple grounds. There wasn't a temple there because it had been burned to the ground by angry mobs who persecuted the early Saints. I knew the story. I had heard of the Mormon pioneers my entire life. I walked around the temple grounds and admired the beauty of Nauvoo. There was a small replica of the temple that used to stand there. I walked around a path and noticed some stones, almost like steps in the grass. I noticed that there were some black marks on the stones. I suddenly realized that they were part of the destroyed temple and the black marks were burn marks. I was overcome with the Spirit and tears began to stream down my face. Suddenly the story of Joseph Smith became more than just a story. He was real. I was standing where he stood. Although I had leaned on others' testimonies my entire life, at that very moment, I knew for myself that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I knew I had a Father in heaven. I knew with all my heart that my brother, Jesus Christ, had given His life because He loved me, and He wanted to provide a way for me to return to live with Him. And I knew that I wanted to live worthy of that blessing...to return to live with Him.

How I live my faith

One of the greatest blessings I have is the knowledge that I can be with my family for eternity if we live worthy to obtain that blessing. I live my faith each day as I strive for that eternal promise. Each day I'm given choices of things to do, activities to participate in and people to be involved with. I make choices based on what will help me and my family obtain the promise of being together forever. I try to be involved in things where I can make a difference and stand as a witness of my Savior, Jesus Christ. He gave His life for me, and I want to live my life for Him. When Ezra Taft Benson was the prophet, he taught that no matter where you served in the Church, your goal was to strengthen the family. That has helped me to keep things in perspective and realize how important my family is. I have had opportunities to serve in our church. I have often been called to work with young children. I have prayerfully sought answers to know how to teach and uplift them. Of course, regardless of my efforts, I know that I have so often come away from activities having learned from them. I know that I am never asked to do anything that I can't do. There have been many times where I have been asked to serve in a capacity that I felt inadequate to, but I know I have been blessed by being willing and serving with faith. Serving those around me, whether members of my church or community, has been such a blessing in my life. As I have sacrificed my time and energy, I have been so greatly blessed. I have seen the Lord's hand work through me and others countless times. I have faith that through small and simple ways I can do the Lord's work. I can be on His errand. I can strive daily to remember who I am and why I am here on this earth. And hopefully, the choices our family makes will give us an eternity to be together. I love my family and I can't think of anything more wonderful than being together forever.