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Hi I'm Catherine

I'm a mother, I'm a wife, I'm an academic, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in small-town Utah as the second of seven children. I have worked as a cherry sorter, file girl, piano teacher, writer, editor, and college professor. I currently work full-time as the events planner, chef, chauffeur, art director, and referee for my 3 children, ages 8, 6, and 2. I have deliberately chosen to focus the majority of my time and efforts on mothering these children, a process that is extremely hard yet extremely rewarding. I therefore spend a good deal of my time running—be it down the supermarket aisle after an escaped child, around the living room in a heated game of flag football, or on early-morning runs/therapy sessions. I also earned my BA and MA in English from BYU and my PhD in English (rhetoric and composition) from UMass Amherst. With my academic background, I occasionally work part-time teaching writing at the university level, and I occasionally edit and write for different LDS online and print publications. As an academic, my research interests involve literacy, women, and religion. I believe that writing, especially in conjunction with religion, is a great source of personal and spiritual power, particularly for women. I also believe that the divide propagated in academic between religion and liberal thought does a disservice to all parties.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon first by birth and second by choice, as I developed my own testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I continue to be Mormon because this Gospel gives me perspective, peace, and hope. I am Mormon because of logical reasons: it makes sense to me that there is and always has been one Gospel on the earth, it makes sense that God has a plan for us and that plan entails progression. And I am Mormon because of spiritual reasons: I feel in my heart that God knows me, cares for me, and sent his Son to die for me. I feel the truth of the Gospel resonate deeply inside of me.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day. That’s the goal, but not always the reality. Regardless, I try to approach each day with gratitude for blessings and opportunities given me by my Heavenly Father and with a plea for help in overcoming the challenges of the day. I live my faith in the seemingly small choices I make each day.