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Hi I'm Catherine

I'm a proud Texan, an aunt, a graduate student, a book nerd, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a graduate student pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science and work in a public library. I hope to become a teen librarian. I also want to work in literacy programs with recent immigrants. Right now my life is full of reading for school and writing papers. When I have free time I love to read, of course! But I also enjoy being in the outdoors, camping, hiking, and swimming.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the Church my entire life. I was blessed with wonderful parents who taught my siblings and I by example. They taught us to love the scriptues and to turn to them in good times as well as in times of trial. I'm pretty sure I learned to read during our daily study of the Book of Mormon as a family. Because of them I know that my Saviour lives and I have a better understanding of His Atonement. They never asked us to live in a way that they were not willing to themselves. I remain faithful not just because my parents told me I should. I came to the realization in my teens that I needed the guidance of the Spirit always. There have been times in my life when I didn't have the Spirit with me because of personal choices and it was during those times that this was reaffirmed. I have felt the love that my Saviour has for me on countless occasions. I know the He is aware of me and my personal struggles and triumphs.

How I live my faith

Living the Gospel, especially in this day and age, is a constant struggle. I reaffirm my commitment to my faith daily by setting aside time for personal prayer and scripture study. Having the community found in my local ward is a blessing. I have the wonderful opportunity to teach the women of my ward at least one a month. I am constantly amazed at the wonderful insights these women have to offer. I love being able to support them in their trials and celebrate with them in their successes. I also visit teach some great women who have become dear friends.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Heavenly Father has given me so many wonderful blessings in my life. Paying tithing is one small way that I can give something back to Him. Show more Show less