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Hi I'm Cat

I've traveled from Alaska to Germany. I juggle. I can play any musical instrument. I'm an adventurer. I'm a scholar. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always loved to read fantasy and science fiction. As I got older, though, reading about adventures and heroic deeds wasn't enough anymore, and I found myself drawn to the outdoors, learning about astronomy, archery, and even juggling. Now, even though I'm a girl, I volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America and am working on my Wood Badge tickets. As an adult, I find myself attracted to non-fiction academic books as much as the fantasy I enjoyed so much as a youth. Now, just for fun, I read everything from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings to Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe.

Why I am a Mormon

It wasn't until I was halfway through the college that I started really taking education seriously. I had been raised LDS, and this was the time when I "fell away," as we call it. Suddenly, now that I was looking at the church through eyes hungry for knowledge, I had questions that the everyday Sunday school questions weren't answering. So I stopped attending church and became agnostic. After a few more years at school, where I studied linguistics, I started dating an LDS boy who was a scholar like me, but a historian (my weakest subject). One day, I challenged him with some of my questions that I had never gotten sufficient answers for, and to my surprise, he pulled out texts--some even non-LDS texts--and began irrefutably answering my questions. I was so surprised that I began reading the Book of Mormon again, partly to find a question I could stump him with. Instead, I started noticing linguistic details I had never noticed before I started really paying attention in my linguistics classes in college. Between my boyfriend putting things in historical context and me putting things in linguistic context, suddenly it no longer seemed possible that anyone, even a scholar from Joseph Smith's time period, could have written the Book of Mormon. And if the Book of Mormon was true, well, everything else about the church had to be as well. A few years later still, I was struggling with emotional problems, and when I told my bishop at church about them, he suggested I start reading the scriptures and praying every single day. I rolled my eyes because seriously, how was that supposed to help? But I promised him I would try it, and within a few days, I noticed that my quality of life had improved. Being a Mormon has brought nothing but good to my life. I can still find no academic flaw with this church and its teachings. I'm pleased to call myself Mormon, and I know that those who follow the precepts of the church are and will be blessed.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by learning as much as I can so that if I find someone who is like I was, full of unanswered questions and unsatisfied curiosity, I can show them how to find the deeper doctrine of the church that isn't covered in every Sunday School lesson. I also share my talents by playing the piano for anyone who needs a pianist. I help the youth as the Young Women's Camp Director, where I can teach knot-tying, building fires, and other camping skills, and I teach the eight-year-old Cub Scouts.