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Hi I'm Cathy

I'm a genealogy nut, a beginning Spanish student, and a member of a really great family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 5 children and I've been a stay-at-home mom for 29 years. When I was in college, the option of not working and being a full-time mother seemed stultifying and almost depressing. But as soon as our first child was born, I was flooded with love and concern for this tiny person who was entrusted to me. Suddenly, staying home didn't seem like a burden, but an honor, a joy, and a privilege. I knew that there were a lot of interesting things to do in this world, but that nothing would be as important or as fulfilling as devoting myself to the teaching and care of my family. Our youngest child is a teenager now, and I am a little sad to see this wonderful period of my life coming to an end, but as the children have grown up and married and started their own families, I see that the joy of family life will change but continue and expand. And I am starting to consider my options for what to do next! There are so many different paths to take. I may go back to school for an advanced degree. I know that I want to serve others in some capacity. I am praying about it and know that the Lord will guide me. I want to do what he wants me to do.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Protestant religion, and that's where I first learned to love the Savior. As a teenager, I attended confirmation classes in my church. I took what I heard there and shared it with my best friend, who was a Mormon. We had been friends for several years and I had had peeks into her spiritual life. I knew that her family had prayer together every day and Family Home Evening once a week. I had always been impressed by the feeling in their home and by their commitment to their faith. So now, when it was time to really decide what I believed, I had questions for my friend. I asked what her church taught about this subject or that. Then I compared her church to mine and pondered. Some things that she shared with me filled gaps in my church's teachings. It made so much sense and felt so true that the Lord would organize his church in our day the way he had when he was on earth, that there would be apostles and prophets authorized to speak in his name, and that there would be many congregations, but only one Church. I was especially impressed, spiritually impressed, by the principle that we are our Heavenly Father's family. That we lived with him before we were born and that everything he is and does is about teaching and guiding us to become like him. We learned all that we could in his presence, and then it was necessary for us to leave him and come to earth. Here, where we can't simply see and know, we have to develop faith, learn to listen to the quiet whisperings of the Holy Ghost, and learn to trust and follow our Savior, leaning on the atonement for forgiveness and for help to change and grow. I joined the Mormon Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because everything in me told me it was true. My membership in the Church has brought me peace and strength and happiness. Through it, I feel and try to share the love our Father has for us.

How I live my faith

The Mormon church is not a spectator religion. Everybody participates! Through the years, I have had many different opportunities to serve. I have taught Sunday School classes for children and for adults. I have worked in the leadership of the women's service organization. I have taught daily early-morning (before school begins!) scripture study classes for teenagers. I've written the congregation's newsletter. Right now, I help plan and conduct mid-week activities for girls 8-11. Some of our activities are spiritual, some are educational, some are service-oriented, some are just plain fun. Last week we had an etiquette dinner and learned about how good manners are a way to live the Savior's Golden Rule. Next week, we're playing Scripture Football. And our girls are awesome! I love them!!