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Hi I'm Cathie

I was a convert to the church at age 21, and now have 16 grand children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being with my grand kids, and spending any time I can with them. I work full time in an Endodontics office, am a part time realtor, and also do many art projects when I can. I have instilled a love of art into my children and grandchildren, and in my office at home, I proudly display all of their art work from floor to ceiling. When they come over, they search the walls for their art work, and are so proud of themselves when they see their art work hanging in "Grandma's Gallery". If there isn't one there, they quickly go and draw something so they can make sure their talents are represented. I am so proud of my children and grandchildren. There isn't anything more important to me than family.

Why I am a Mormon

One of the greatest teachings I learned about as an early convert to the church, was that families are forever. I had been taught growing up that once we left this earth, we would no longer know our families, or be with them in Heaven. That never felt right. I love my family so much, I couldn't imagine not seeing them again after this life! I learned that we can be sealed in the Temple for time and all eternity. Now that made perfect sense. Why would a loving Heavenly Father give us our beautiful families only for this earth life? I raised five beautiful children. When my oldest son wanted to become a Police Officer, I was a little hesitant, but so very proud of him. The day he graduated from the Academy was one of the most proud and memorable moments of my life! He was so excited to full-fill his duties, and couldn't wait to get on the road. A year, a month and one day later, he was killed on the way to an accident in snowy icy weather. It was at that moment, of utter despair that I realized what being sealed in a temple for all time and eternity truly meant. Although my heart was breaking, I knew I would see him again. He was sealed to his wife and children, and they will be a complete family again. It is this faith, this pure knowledge that gets me from one day to the next. Life is eternal, and the Lord has a plan for all of us and it begins with our families. I am so grateful for that knowledge, that I will be with my family for eternity, and with my Father in Heaven, and His Son Jesus Christ. They didn't leave us here to wonder what comes next. I have been so blessed with this sweet knowledge, this sure testimony, that He loves us, He knows us, and He will show us how to return to Him, if we seek Him.

How I live my faith

I have worked in many areas of the church, with the children, youth and women. Currently I am working with the young women in my ward. I love serving them, and seeing their testimonies growing. Seeing a young woman grow in faith and obedience and truly committing to follow the Lord, is rare in the times in which we live. But it is a common occurrence in our ward. Through the youth programs, especially Girl's camp, our young women learn at a very early age what it means to serve others, and what it means to gain a testimony of the Savior and His teachings. One of the best things about serving with our youth is the many opportunities we have to do community service with them. We recently painted a community center, and donated baby clothes to a child crisis center. We have sewn toy bags, made quilts and done hours of babysitting for women in shelters. I also serve the women in our ward as a visiting teacher. Each month myself and my companion go and visit three or four sisters in our ward. We bring them a message of encouragement and make sure they are doing well. There are many ways we can serve each sister, it just depends on their circumstance, but we are there for them. I have been the recipient of many visits from my visiting teachers, along with messages of love and comfort. I am so grateful for the missionaries that came to my home, so many years ago and brought me the message of this Gospel. I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon and it's teachings and testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ. I know it is true. It blesses my life every day.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Cathie
A testimony is something that you have come to know with a surety through study and prayer. It is very real, and anyone that wants to come to a sure knowledge of the Lord and His teachings can gain a testimony of it. It starts with a desire to know. From that desire comes study, really searching it out with an open mind, having faith that you will receive an answer to your prayers. Heavenly Father wants us to know Him, wants us to find Him, and learn about Him. He also wants us to learn this by study and faith. He is eager to show those who are willing to take the time to learn. Everything He has, all His knowledge and His love come to those who are willing to seek. Show more Show less