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Hi I'm Cathy

I was born and raised in Alabama. I have 2 children, both happily married with children; 9 grandchildren total! Love My Family!!

About Me

A little bit about me....other than my first love as a Mom and Grandmother, I also work as a dental hygienist. Other hobbies include fishing, golfing, gardening, crafts and family history research. I wish there was more time to do all the things I love because this is actually the short list, but really just enjoy anything outdoors and ok, movies too. I am blessed to have many great friends that have helped me through my lows and celebrated my highs.....gratefully there are many more reasons to celebrate! I'm not used to talking about myself, but hope this gives you an idea of what kind of person I am. I am far from perfect (as my friends and family are well aware of!), but I try each day to be better than the day before. I know I could not do this alone (and probably wouldn't want to) and give credit for any accomplishments that I have to all those who thought I was worth their time and efforts.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home with two different religions. I was raised mainly a Methodist, but other bits and pieces were shared through my extended family throughout my childhood. When I met my husband, an inactive member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I became more interested as I really wanted a home with one religious belief. So I took the discussions through the missionaries and was baptized a member of the church. I wasn't actually converted at this point. And to clarify what I mean by converted, I didn't doubt what was taught, but I just hadn't really applied what I heard to my own life. When I was growning up and heard Bible stories, well, they were stories and looking back I can see that I wasn't truly looking for the guidance and direction in a religious sense, but it was more of a community-type of connection. I had been to a number of different churches growing. There was not that spark of divinity and with some experiences it was anything but divine! I thought maybe people just wanted to feel good about what they were doing. I didn't really know in my heart that the words from the Bible and the Book of Mormon were actually words from our Savior through living prophets; that these stories could be applied to my life and my family! Years later, I had the experience of being visited by a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Although at this point, I didn't consider myself a member. My family had moved three times since then and were not active in the church. I eventually realized that this good woman was actually interested in me and my family. We became friends over time and I saw that she lived her life according to her beliefs. This inspired me to want to know more and it was then, when the Lord knew I was ready, the Holy Spirit testified to me of the truth of this gospel of Jesus Christ. I know now that I had to be ready to receive these teachings. This was the beginning of my journey.

How I live my faith

Being an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is busy and extremely rewarding. I have been called by our church leaders (we receive callings as compared to volunteering to work in different positions) to many different areas of service in my 20 years of activity. These "callings" have opened doors that otherwise I would have not likely experienced. Because I have accepted the call to serve in these different areas, I have been strenthened with a deeper understanding of the principles of the gospel. I have served as a teacher, a chorister and am now in leadership over our childrens' program. Doing, not just listening to another, has brought me to ponder and ask questions and put together pieces that before weren't clearly seen. I have kept a journal over the years that has helped me to see my growth. I keep one for daily witings of events, activities or news items and stuff and another that is more spiritual in nature. I've also realized that this life is to learn to be better sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father and the gospel of Jesus Christ given to us both in the Bible and the Book of Mormon help greatly to clarify how we can do just that. I love to share my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that anyone who truly wants to know our Savior can. Christ truly and deeply loves us all and knows how to lift us from where we are to our full potential, as long as we are willing to do our part. That is why I didn't have a testimony earlier in my life. I never at that time looked at the gospel as something real that could actually help me or my family, but now I know that it is the reason we are here. We are all connected to Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. They love us and have given us a great gift and opportunity to come to this earth and endure trials that we too may know how to help others in their need. We are given callings to help us to help others. The greatest gift from God is love. Here is love.