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Hi I'm Catalina

I grew up in Utah. I'm a working college student. I love to play guitar and sing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of 6 children. I have 8.5 nieces and nephews. I love my family. I love music! Music is my life, it has been for years. I play guitar and sing at local venues open mic nights. I wouldn't say that I'm very good at the guitar, but I haven't worked at it very hard. I learned to play guitar so I could have something to sing along to. I'm in my sophomore year of college. I'm only taking a few classes these few semesters because I am working full-time and still trying to have a social life.

Why I am a Mormon

Initially, I'm a Mormon because I was raised that way, but as an adult, I made my own decision to stick with it because I have received so many blessings already, There is no good reason to leave that. I have 4 older brothers, each of which served full-time missions and they and my family were all immensely blessed for their decision. I had my own personal conversion in high school. In high school I had that "I do whatever I want" kind of attitude and I started living my life in a way that wasn't congruent with the church. When I noticed what I was doing, I realized that I wasn't nearly as happy as I was when I was living my life the way I know is right. That is when I gained my testimony of the atonement. When I repented and strengthened my relationship with Heavenly Father, it was this amazing feeling. It was a huge relief. I wrote about it in my journal so I could always remember how wonderful it is to be a part of the LDS church. I love being a Mormon. It's the best decision I have ever made.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is easy. I have the advantage of living in Utah where I am surrounded my so many people who share my values and beliefs. I have three callings in my ward. I am the chorister, librarian, and relief society meetings coordinator. That means that I'm in charge of planning activities for the women in my ward. I do my visiting teaching each month. At first that as a little hard for me to get used to because I live in a student ward where a huge majority of the people in apartments, they all know each other, but I live at home so It took me a while to get to know everyone. Anyway, going and visiting girls you don't know can be a little intimidating, but I have created some really great relationships through visiting teaching. I am a young single adult, so I attend a singles ward. In the Mormon church, we have wards for adults who aren't married. I believe that we do that so that we can attend church with people who are in the same stage of life as we are and will understand each other well. That way the lessons can apply to everyone within the ward. Also, it helps us to build friendships and relationships with people of our same faith and eventually find a spouse who has the same values and priorities. I believe that that's the reason, because that is how it's helped me. It has made it easier to have friends with my same values.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Catalina
When we dress for church, you want to wear your best. Men wear white button down shirts, dress pants, and a tie. A suit coat is optional. Women wear modest dresses and skirts. When wearing a skirt, you want to make sure that it is nice. Styles lately have come up with casual skirts, or wearing skirts with a sweatshirt. But church is more of a formal occasion. As far as holidays go, as a church we celebrate Christmas and Easter. When we celebrate these though, we make sure to focus on the real purpose of the holiday. When celebrating Christmas, we make sure that we focus our attention on Christ and His birth. And with Easter, we focus on His death and Resurrection. That doesn't mean that as families we exclude the Santa and Easter Bunny aspects of it all, but we make sure that the main focus is Christ. Those are the religious holidays that we celebrate. We also celebrate national and regional holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Show more Show less