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Hi I'm Caitlin

I'm a college student, a scientist, an editor, and a tap dancer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm studying molecular biology and editing at a large university. This combination of interests might seem strange, but I love how both areas provide me with different kinds of intellectual challenges. Studying science appeals to the analytical part of my brain -- I especially love applying knowledge to practical problems, like designing or troubleshooting experiments. On the other hand, I absolutely love words and word-smithing; to me, there's almost nothing as satisfying as saying or writing something in such a way that it means exactly what I want it to mean and sounds beautiful as well. I also love to dance. While I love all kinds of dance, my first love is definitely tap dance. I love how the medium of tap allows me to express ideas or emotions through the use of sounds, rhythms, and personal performance style. For me, there's almost no day so bad that a good tap-dancing session can't make it better. I also love reading, running, watching good movies, and doing yoga. I love springtime and going to the beach. I dream of someday using the talents and abilities I've been blessed with to better the lives of others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of practicing Latter-day Saints and was raised in the Church, but that's not why I continue to call myself a Mormon today. I can remember having strong spiritual experiences at a young age confirming to me the reality of a loving Heavenly Father and His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. The knowledge of these two things has carried me through countless challenges and difficulties in my life. Despite having received these witnesses, though, the time came when I needed to know for myself if what I had been raised believing was true -- if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really is God's kingdom on the earth, the only church with the fulness of Christ's doctrine and authority. Through, fasting, prayer, study, and personal experience, I have received a witness that this is the case. The Holy Spirit has borne witness to me that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are God's word; that God does speak to prophets today just as He did anciently; and that the priesthood authority held by men like John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John in New Testament times has again been returned to the earth in preparation for Christ's Second Coming. I am a Mormon today because learning and living the teaching of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has helped me find greater peace and direction than anything else in my life.

How I live my faith

I love this scripture in 1 Timothy 4:12: "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." I live my faith by trying to live as the Savior did. I'm far from perfect and I don't always succeed, but I try to brighten others' days through small acts of service like listening to them or offering sincere compliments. I also serve in the church by overseeing weekly spiritual and social enrichment activities for the congregation of young single adults I attend.