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Hi I'm Catie

I grew up in both Arizona and Mexico. I am a Latin American Studies major and love learning and teaching. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a Latin American Studies major, with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I am fluent in Spanish and harbor a soft spot in my heart for anything related to Latin America, especially Mayan archaeology and culture. I have a passion for learning and for living life in general. My hobbies include reading, singing, dancing, being outside and active, and spending quality time with my family and friends. The experience that has come to define me most as a person was the time that I spent in Sonora, Mexico with my family for two years during high school. I came to love and feel part of a culture that was not my own, and was readily and lovingly accepted by those around me. During that time I learned to be open-minded and accepting of those whose points of view differed from mine, and to listen without criticism or judgment. I gained an appreciation for hard work and true friendship. I came to love Mexican culture for all that it is and is not, and I saw things that were valued in that society that are not given as much value in the American society of today. It was not all easy, however. My view of the world was challenged, as were my personal and religious beliefs, and I was forced to search deep within myself and find what I really knew was true. The most important thing that I learned was that although we all come from different walks of life, in the end we all seek the same thing: to be loved and accepted for who we are, as God loves us.

Why I am a Mormon

My father converted from the Catholic faith to the LDS faith when he was in high school. He later met my mother, who was then a Baptist. They married and had me and my little sister. My mother was baptized into the LDS (Mormon) church when I was two years old, and we were sealed together in the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple a year later, an ordinance that ensures that we will always be a family, even if distance or even death should separate us. I have practically grown up in the Mormon faith, but that is not why I’m a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I believe that relationships should last longer than the length of our journey here on Earth. I know that death will not separate me from my parents and three younger siblings, but we will be together forever. I am a Mormon because I know that God is not just a passive figure that sits in the heavens, watching and judging all that we do. He is a living and active player in our lives, and He is taking care of me and listening to every prayer that I raise up to him. I am a Mormon because I know that God isn’t mute. He still speaks to us today through men that we recognize and sustain as prophets. They reveal what He would have us do in order to return to live with Him in heaven. I am a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon and have felt God’s Holy Spirit testify to me that it is an inspired work of scripture, written by the hands of ancient prophets of God. I know that it contains knowledge that will bring me closer to God than any other book ever could. I am a Mormon because I believe in being kind and loving to everyone, no matter their personal beliefs, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, social status, or physical appearance. I believe that every human being is a child of God and my brother or sister, and I am proud to be a part of a Church that promotes love and acceptance of all people.

How I live my faith

To me, living my faith means maintaining a positive outlook even in the worst of circumstances. Faith is not a passive concept; it is belief in action. So I live my faith by living happily, and by living the teachings of Jesus Christ. I do my best to love those around me the way that God loves me, without judgement or criticism. I try to help those who are in need of it and be an example of the pure love of Christ in everything that I do and say. I'm not perfect, but I know that little by little I can become more like my Father in Heaven. I live my faith by trying to be a little better every day. This includes daily scripture study, morning and evening prayers, and fulfilling the callings and assignments extended to me by the Church. I have served as a ward librarian, a coordinator for activities for the women of my ward, a music specialist, and a women's Sunday school teacher, among other assignments. As a woman in the LDS Church, I am blessed with the wonderful opportunity to visit and look after the other women in my ward. I have been able to pray for, serve and learn from women that come from all walks of life, and their examples of strength and faith have made a lasting impression on me. Living my faith is not always easy or convenient. There are sacrifices that I have had to make in order to complete an assignment for a Church calling, and there have been times when I have been singled out because of my beliefs. But the satisfaction that I have found as a result of my dedication to my faith has brought me pure happiness and an unshakeable knowledge of my own identity and self-worth. I know that I am a daughter of God, and I know that I can accomplish anything He calls me to do if I put my faith in Him. I know that this life is a life of happiness and joy, and the challenges that we are given are meant to make us stronger and happier. I know that this Church is true, and by living righteously I am living my faith in my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.