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Hi I'm Cathy Svacina

I'm a Mormon. I use my passions to serve others. I teach marbles around the world and volunteer with local filmmaking and TV.

About Me

I believe in community service through my passions for children, filmmaking, marbles, music and public speaking. I teach marbles all over the world and do programs such as "Shoot Marbles...not Drugs" or Play a Round with Marbles, NOt Drugs, and the Kindness marble program. I volunteer at Lansing Prison with the Brothers In Blue program which is a Christian based program that helps these men truly make changes in their lives as they prepare to face parole in 18 months. I have a wonderful husband, who was raised in the Catholic faith, but we have extreme respect and show support for each other's beliefs. I have five wonderful adult children who are married to wonderful spouses....three of which have converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the other two were already members of The LDS church when they met. I have 12 incredible grandchildren that love me and let me love them in such fun ways! My husband and I live in an energy efficient Underground home that includes a slide next to the stairway that even adults love to use! I find joy in the beauty of the world around me, in my family, friends and strangers I meet along the way, and in life itself as I learn and serve to the best of my ability. I am very blessed and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both converts to the church and so I was born into it, but they allowed me to attend churches of various faiths with my friends. I was surprised at the simple answers to gospel questions many of them did not know. As I continued to pray and study for myself, I sought truths throughout my life....but most of what I found was always within the teachings of the Mormon church. I have had many experiences that have validated and confirmed these truths to me over and over and I cannot deny them. I have also seen much joy and sorrow personally and through family and friends, and the ways in which the teachings or lack of teachings of the Mormon church on how to deal with those experiences has also confirmed to my heart and soul the truth of the teachings I have been taught and have learned through personal study and prayer.

How I live my faith

I live my faith with JOY! I live it by sharing that joy with others, and by serving others however I can in righteous ways. I do not dwell on negative experiences, but rather on what I can learn from them that will help me or others avoid them as much as possible. I have a sense of wonder that enthralls me with the beauty of the world that God has created for us and for the many blessings and tender mercies he shows to each of us with his Perfect Love. I delight in the scriptures and the hand of God in my life and the lives of others and I am so very thankful for the medium of Prayer to a loving Heavenly Father that I know hears every single prayer and answers each one in the best way possible for me. I have many wonderful friends who are aware of my standards and show respect for them even if they do not agree and I am thankful for those friends and I try to reflect the same respect towards them. I pray every day to be in tune with the promptings of the Holy Ghost and to be aware of opportunities to help friends and strangers around me each day. Those prayers have been answered numerous times beyond my wildest dreams! I currently teach eight little three year olds every Sunday and they are learning basic gospel concepts and teaching me as well. I serve on both children and adult film festival boards as I search for beautiful quality films from around the world that uplift and inspire audiences to action or change that watch them. I volunteer with several other organizations that help serve single mothers with children as they make changes to progress and move forward in their lives. I also teach communication and leadership roles to men in prison as they prepare to renter society and want to make positive impacts and changes for themselves, their families and their communities.