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Hi I'm Cathy

I always wanted to do great things like feed the hungry and clothe the naked. Now I do them daily. I'm a mom and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married my high school sweetheart when we were barely 21 years old. He had recently returned from an LDS mission to Canada. We worked hard to get us both through college. Shortly after I graduated and began a career as a registered dietitian, my infant son was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. Even though my husband was new in his career and we were not ready for a single income I knew that my baby would need me full-time. I knew I could not be replaced. That decision has turned out to be a tremendous blessing for our family. Now we have five children and I have been able to be there for them every step of the way. My husband and I have never felt regret at the loss of my income. We have always had enough to meet our needs and more. Instead of feeding the hungry in a hospital, I feed my family in all the ways that we hunger--physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I have found great joy and fulfillment in my God-given career as wife and mother.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a strong LDS family, went to church faithfully every week, and had a wonderful childhood. When I was about 14 years old I knew that relying on my parent's faith was not enough for me. I wanted to know for myself. I read the Book of Mormon and asked my Heavenly Father if it was true. A comforting feeling came over me, assuring me that I already knew and that the path I was on was correct. I have received this confirmation again and again throughout my life. I feel a tremendous amount of gratitude to my parents for their spiritual guidance and love. They helped me to establish a connection with heaven that has influenced every decision of my life. I have a relationship with God that is so precious to me. I know that He is there, that He is my Father, and that He loves me unconditionally. I have tried to live my life how He would want me to and to become who He would want me to become. Being a Mormon has helped me to become a better version of myself than I would have become on my own. I am a better mother because of the education I receive each week in my Sunday meetings. My marriage is so much stronger than it would be because we are completely committed to each other now and for eternity. Our family is based upon a sure foundation, the teachings of Jesus Christ. I know that even when I make mistakes I can go to my Father, and through the Atonement can be made clean again. I have found great peace and joy in this process. Many people may wonder how a woman can find such joy in her home and faith. It is even surprising to me. I always imagined that I would find my purpose in my career or some great position I would hold someday. But, because of my faith, I am able to have the perspective that I need to help me determine what is most important now. Families are eternal. In my heart I know that I am shaping lives and that what matters most is what I will carry with me after this life--my family relationships and what I learn.

How I live my faith

One of the ways that I contribute in my congregation is by singing in our choir and providing music in our women's meeting each Sunday. Music is such a valuable tool in teaching. I use hymns in my home to create a feeling of peace and unity. I do the same in our worship services. Through music I am also able to testify of Christ and strengthen others. Music feeds our spirits and helps us to heal. I feel it is a way that I can use the talents that God has given me. Without this opportunity to serve, I may be tempted to hide away my talents. I also visit some of the women in our congregation every month. These women have become some of my very best friends. We help each other through our trials, listen to each other, and encourage each other. Other women come to visit me. In this way, we are able to care for each other and make sure that no one is forgotten. I am often called upon to teach. Sometimes I teach little children, sometimes youth, the women, or even our entire congregation in our Sacrament Meeting. Each time I do I count it as a blessing to share a part of myself with others. I am able to tell them of my love for the Savior. Every time I give of myself I feel closer to my Heavenly Father and feel joy in serving Him. Before I was married I wanted to serve a full-time mission for my church. When it came time for me to decide to go, my husband asked me to marry him. I chose to start a family with him and I will never regret that decision. We did, however, make a promise to each other that we would serve a full-time mission together after our children are raised. We are looking forward to that time. The best way that I can live my faith is in the work I do in my own home. I believe that motherhood is a sacred calling. I pray often for help in carrying out this great work I am doing. I believe that I am laying a foundation for great things to come. My children are my greatest accomplishment.